"We decided to call this album Revelation because we want to make music that reveals something to people about their lives and their world," says Jojo Garza. He's talking about the upcoming release by Los Lonely Boys, the Grammy-winning trio that the bassist/vocalist shares with his brothers Henry (vocals, guitar) and Ringo (drums, vocals). "As musicians and artists, we're here to connect with people, and to share our view of things."
Revelation - to be released January 21st, 2014 on the band's own LonelyTone imprint Jan. 21, 2014, in association with the respected Austin-based indie Playing in Traffic and MRI - is a landmark release for the siblings. While maintaining the infectiously melodic mix of bluesy rock 'n' roll and rootsy brown-eyed soul that's long endeared Los Lonely Boys to its fiercely loyal fan base, Revelation adds an expansive range of new sonic elements, e.g. the conjunto touches of "Blame It On Love," the reggae groove of "Give A Little More," the rustic acoustic textures of "It's Just My Heart Talkin' and the baroque pop elements of "There's Always Tomorrow."
"We're always trying to broaden our horizons and advance musically, and that's something that we were very conscious of in making this record," Jojo states. "We're always looking for new ways to communicate and reach people, so we experimented with a lot of different sounds and production approaches."
Toward that end, the brothers also collaborated with an eclectic cast of co-writers in assembling the dozen new original songs that comprise Revelation, including alt-country icon Radney Foster, in-demand pop tunesmiths Matthew Gerrard and David Quiñones, Black-Eyed Peas collaborators George Pajon Jr. and Keith Harris, and Raul Pacheco of Ozomatli.
If you're a sports fan, you can hear songs from Revelation already. "Rule The World" has been licensed to ESPN's Monday Night Football as well as the NFL on Fox, while "Can't Slow Down" has been licensed to NASCAR for all race programming. You'll also be able to hear an older LLB track in the upcoming film "American Hustle," which co-stars Academy Award winners Jennifer Lawrence and Christian Bale.
Revelation also marks Los Lonely Boys' first recording work since Henry Garza sustained serious injuries in a fall from the stage during a February 2013 performance in Los Angeles, necessitating a lengthy and ongoing recovery period.
"We nearly lost Henry, man, and that was a big change for us," Jojo acknowledges. "The whole experience was a wake-up call for us. It made us rethink every aspect of our lives and our careers, and it reminded us of what's really important to us."
The long-time road warriors have just recently returned to the stage to promote Revelation, and the tour will hit the U.S. mainland in early February, hitting a ton of major markets. See below for tour dates, as well as pre-order information for Revelation.
LOS LONELY BOYS 2014 TOUR DATES
Jan. 24 Maui HI | Cultural Center
Jan. 25 Honolulu HI | Aloha Tower Market Place
Jan. 26 Kauai HI | Kilohana Plantation
Jan. 30 Tokyo Japan | Liquid Room
Feb. 1 Nogoya Japan | Club Quattro
Feb. 2 Osaka Japan | Shangri-La
Feb. 4 San Francisco CA | Independent
Feb. 6 Los Angeles CA | Troubadour
Feb. 7 San Juan Capistrano CA | Coach House
Feb. 8 Chandler AZ | Center for the Arts
Feb. 9 Flagstaff AZ | Orpheum
Feb. 11 Beaver Creek CO | Vilar Center
Feb. 12 Boulder CO | Boulder Theatre
Feb. 13 Taos NM | KTAOS/Solar Center
March 19 Boston MA | Paradise
March 20 Portland ME | Asylum
March 21 Tarrytown NY | Music Hall
March 22 Uncasville CT | Wolf Den
March 24-26 New York NY | City Winery
March 28 Norwalk CT | Concert Hall
March 29-30 Annapolis MD | Rams Head
April 1 Washington DC | Hamilton
April 2 Wilmington DE | World Café
April 3 Millville NJ | Levoy Theater
April 4 Glenside PA | Keswick Theatre
April 5 Harrisburg PA | Whitaker Center
April 22 Carmel CA | Sunset Center
April 23 Napa CA | Uptown Theatre
April 24 Fresno CA | Tower Theater
April 26 Laughlin NV | Harrahs w/Los Lobos
April 27 Pauma Valley CA (San Diego CA) | Pauma Casino