Once referred to as “Willie Nelson’s favorite new group,” San Angelo’s Los Lonely Boys may just be many peoples’ favorite group, or one of at least. Their style of blues meets old school rock-and-roll, what they refer to as “Texican,” really gets their fans pumped up. This was apparent at their packed concert at Stubb’s Saturday night.
Los Lonely Boys drew quite a mixed crowd that consisted of everyone from older Latinos, corporate types with Hawaiian shirts and golf polos, bikers, Affliction wearing “bros” and a few kickers. That crowd was there pretty early for tour opener Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real (POTR). Son of Willie Nelson, Lukas is a chip off the ol’ musical block. He looks like his father and his voice is strikingly similar, only listening to Lukas & POTR is like listening to a younger Willie Nelson on three or four Red Bulls. Nelson shreds on the guitar and loves him some blues. The loudest cheers during POTR’s set was when Henry Garza joined them on stage for a couple of songs. POTR’s music and vibe was a perfect fit for this show and the crows seemed to enjoy the set.
The Los Lonely Boys came out to screaming cheers an opened with a little music medley that included Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” The early party rock vibe made perfect sense as they are touring to support an album called Rockpango, which is slang for “rock party.” Even more important, it was Henry Garza’s birthday. After a few new tracks from Rockpango, a birthday cake was brought out for Henry and everyone in attendance sang Happy Birthday to him.
The second part of the set included Lukas Nelson, whom Henry referred to as their “brother from another mother,” joining the brothers on stage for a few songs, including a great cover of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s classic “Pride and Joy.” The clock was ticking by then and I thought for sure that was their closing song and I escaped “Heaven.” I had no such luck as Los Lonely Boys closed with the song that made them popular to the masses. I guess you have to give the people what they want, despite not sounding anything else like the rest of their solid catalog. The fans loved it though, and that is all that matters.
(Los Lonely Boys performed at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas on May 14, 2011)