August 19, 2009 (Austin, TX) – Los Lonely Boys (Henry, Ringo, and Jojo Garza) announce the upcoming release of 1969 (Lonely Tone/Playing in Traffic), an EP of covers that pays tribute to one of America’s most musically hailed years.
Five years after crossing into the mainstream with the GRAMMY winning single “Heaven,” the brothers take this opportunity to invoke the sound of a generation that walked the moon and transcended Woodstock.
They lend praise to songs that provided a soundtrack for so many and inspired their own multi-platinum success. With their signature blend of Latin rhythms, searing guitar leads and impeccable harmonies, the band takes the opportunity to trace their musical lineage through the following tracks Carlos Santana’s “Evil Ways,” The Beatles’ “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window,” Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie,” and The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues.”
Legendary engineer Andy Johns provides his signature, timeless sound to 1969. In addition to recording Blind Faith’s “Well All Right” – also a featured track on the EP – Johns is well known for his work on Led Zeppelin II, III, IV and The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St.
Close friend Carlos Santana once told the brothers “When you’re up on that stage or when you record, you want to be the tool that shines light through to everybody.”
Los Lonely Boys always took his message to heart and more so now than ever with their spirited renditions of these classic tracks that they hope will appeal to their current audiences as well as attract new ones that appreciate this generation of music.
“Peace, love and gracias to Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Tony Joe White, The Doors – some of the many musicians and songwriters that made 1969 a pathway for us to follow,” offers Henry Garza on the upcoming project.
1969 also marks the first one via their new label home, the Austin-based Playing in Traffic Records http://playing.traffic.mg/ and their own imprint Lonely Tone Records.
The brothers have been on the road for nearly six straight years with few weeks off in between. This fall they’re switching the format up a bit and setting out on their first-ever, acoustic tour fitly named “The Acoustic Brotherhood Tour” with supporters Alejandro Escovedo and Hacienda.
“This tour allows us to play the way we play in our backyards and really show the tradition of our Texican roots,” Ringo says about the Brotherhood tour.
The brothers met fellow Texan Alejandro Escovedo during a tribute project for him called Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo in 2004 and have been musical comrades every since. San Antonio’s Hacienda was an attractive addition after hearing about their work with Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and the excitement they were creating throughout their home state.
On the tour, Los Lonely Boys will play songs off of 1969, and their previous studio releases Forgiven (2008), Sacred (2006) and Los Lonely Boys (2004).
“The Acoustic Brotherhood Tour” dates
October 5-6 Alexandria VA Birchmere
October 7 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theater
October 9 Long Branch, NJ Pollack Theater
October 10 Wayne, NJ Performing Arts Ctr
October 11 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
October 14 Manchester, NH Palace Theater
October 15 Caribou, ME Performing Arts Ctr
October 16 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium
October 17 New Bedford, MA Zeiterion Theater
October 19 Princeton, NJ McCarter Theater
October 20 Easton, MD Avalon Theater
October 22 Bloomington, IN Buskirk Chumley
October 23 Chicago, IL Old Town School
October 24 Milwaukee, WI Northern Lights Theater
October 25 Mankato, MN Alltel Center