Who the @#!* are Los Lonely Boys? - The new faces of rock are getting attention with their self proclaimed ''Texican rock and roll''

By Tom Sinclair
Updated June 25, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Garza brothers may call themselves Los Lonely Boys, but the Mexican-American trio, whose single ”Heaven” and self-titled debut album are currently winging their way up the charts, hardly have a moment to themselves, what with their growing coterie of famous fans.

Guitarist Henry, 26, bassist JoJo, 24, and drummer Ringo, 22, keep attracting folks like Carlos Santana, who recently joined them on stage at San Francisco’s Fillmore. They were also Jazzed that they got to meet wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin. And then there’s staunch supporter Willie Nelson, who handpicked Los Lonely Boys for his star-studded Memorial Day TV special, ”Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws and Angels,” where they shared the stage with Keith Richards, Kid Rock, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

”Comin’ from where we come from — San Angelo, Texas — you always dream about meeting your idols one day,” says Henry. ”But this! It’s like being on a roller coaster. We’re just trying to hang on and have a good time.”

The Garzas cut their teeth playing cantinas and bars in their dad’s conjunto band. JoJo says they knew it was time to go out on their own ”when we started throwing Metallica into the sets.” With their papa’s blessing, the brothers began refining their music into a blend they dub ”Texican rock & roll.”

The band is a true family affair. ”We’re brothers, dude,” says Ringo, explaining their seemingly telepathic connection on stage. ”When we’re riding that tornado together, man, it’s like magic.” Maybe they should call their music ”Tex-Hex.”