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Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads
Director/Producer: Hector Galan, Galan Productions, Inc
Genre: Documentary
Program Length: 1 Episode/90 Minutes
Broadcast Date: Available on PBS Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 9:30 p.m. (Please check local listings)
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After a childhood of playing cantinas and honky tonks, Los Lonely Boys blazed onto the music scene with a 2004 self-titled debut release that went multi-platinum and a 2005 Grammy win for their hit single, “Heaven”. The Garza brothers- Henry, Jojo, and Ringo- have a unique signature sound they call “Texican”. “Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads” brings their amazing story to the screen.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Hector Galan, himself a San Angelo native, fuses exciting live performances, vivid imagery of West Texas, intimate personal stories told by the band and their family, weaving a historical and cultural perspective on Los Lonely Boys, their Mexican-American roots and musical influences. Galán started working on the film four years ago and was able to capture a magical moment in time when the stars finally aligned in the boys’ favor after so many years of struggle. Los Lonely Boys Cottonfields and Crossroads is a heartfelt and moving account that brings to life Los Lonely Boys’ incredible personal musical journey.

The film weaves a historical and cultural perspective on brothers Henry, JoJo and Ringo Garza, highlighting their Mexican American roots and musical influences. The Garza brothers come from a long line of working musicians- music has always been a way of life for them. Like work in the cottonfields, music also brought the family a means of survival. The film traces the early days as the young family band cuts its teeth learning from their father as he takes them to play in country bars and Mexican cantinas in and around San Angelo Texas. We travel with them to Nashville where they endure turmoil and heartbreak. These life experiences captured so eloquently by Galán’s camera reveal a compelling portrait of a young band of brothers who against all odds, break out of poverty and find the American rock n roll dream.

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