The historic Bijou Theater in Knoxville, Tennessee was nearly full when opening trio Dave Barnes took the stage right on time at 8:00 p.m. The crowd responded enthusiastically as Barnes launched into “Crazyboutya,” a song that forced the people there to move.
Barnes, who just happened to attend high school in Knoxville, seemed right at home when someone in the crowd yelled “Go Vols!”, a reference to the University of Tennessee campus nearby. If you’re a John Mayer or Matt Wertz fan, don’t miss Dave Barnes. His shows are entertaining and his down to earth personality make him irresistible.
As soon as the Garza brothers (a.k.a. Los Lonely Boys) took the stage – Henry on the guitar, Jojo on the bass and Ringo on the drums – the audience was in for a great ride. The responding roar left no doubt about the upcoming trip when Henry cried out, “Whatchu say Knoxville! You ready for some Rock & Roll?”
Los Lonely Boys display so much energy on stage that it’s impossible to not be touched by it. The trio opened with “Heart Won’t Tell a Lie,” a track from their newest album, “Forgiven,” released earlier this year. The energy grew ferocious on “Man to Beat,” with the brothers bouncing together center stage.
Growing up in San Angelo, Texas, the Garza brothers were exposed to music at an early age by their father, Enrique Garza Sr., a longtime conjunto (a genre of Mexican music) and country musician who played with his seven brothers in a band called The Falcones.
The brothers sang backup for their father all through the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. They eventually created their own music style and started their own band. The band’s climb to fame from playing roadside cantinas and honky tonks as teens was chronicled in the documentary Cottonfields and Crossroads.
Los Lonely Boys style and diversity was made evident on songs like “What I Want To Say,” probing and reflective with “I Never Met a Woman” and flat out rock and roll on a stirring 9-minute cover version of the Spencer Davis Group standard “I’m A Man.”
As one audience member summed up the show “Wild Abandon – is the phrase that comes to mind to describe their show and the feeling I had watching them. They are passionate and the love they have for what they are doing penetrates my soul.”
The show could not have been complete without the boys returning to the stage to thank the audience for their support and close with their breakthrough hit single “Heaven.” The song reached the No. 1 spot on the Adult Contemporary chart in 2004 and ranked No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2005.
Henry wasn’t kidding when he asked Knoxville if it wanted to rock and roll. The Los Lonely Boys rock!
Knoxville set list
- Heart Won’t Tell a Lie
- Staying with Me
- What I Want To Say
- Crazy Dream
- I Never Met a Woman
- Man to Beat
- Nobody Else
- I’m A Man