Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Los Lonely Boys - Cottonfields and Crossroads|
Actors: Los Lonely Boys, Joseph Thomas Campos
Director: Hector Galan
After a childhood of playing cantinas and honky tonks from texas to tennessee this band of brothers. Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 09/09/2008 Run time: 90 minutes Rating: Pg Director: Hector Galan
The rest of the success story of Los Lonely Boys
AustinStratFan | Austin, Texas USA | 02/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well now, baby, I'm from Texas
And I just wanna let you know
'Bout the ways of life and livin' baby
On them Cottonfields and Crossroads
That's the first verse of Los Lonely Boys' song "Cottonfields and Crossroads". It is a blues song that talks about rural West Texas and the part of town that we don't always get to see.
In turn, that song title is applied to Hector Galan's documentary of the early part of Los Lonely Boys ascent from (very) young men backing their dad, to taking creative control themselves, to becoming an Austin, then national favorite.
And you know what? Mr. Galan takes us to that same part of town in those same rural West Texas towns to show the influences on los hermanos Garza.
Not in a sad or exploitational way, but as a means of setting the scene for the explosive arrival of Los Lonely Boys and Texican Rock and Roll.
For those of you not into long reviews, here's the summary. GO BUY THIS DVD.
What should you as the buyer know in advance? (Yes, I'm convinced you'll buy!)
This is a documentary, not a rock concert flick (although a couple of songs have been added for the DVD release). While several songs are included as backing to the flow of the movie, this is about the boys, their father and mother and families, and a few others who have an insight to offer along the way.
There's been some criticism leveled that the interviews are so tight that they constitute more of an advertisement than an explanation or expansion. Come on. There's not 10 years worth of celebrities and critics to line up and interview - but there are people who know the heart and soul of LLB available to talk to the camera. Advertisement? Lengthy press release? I don't see it that way, and no one else that I have spoken to about the film has seen it that way; in all fairness, I am an avid LLB fan.
As stated above, the documentary sets the stage for LLB's burst onto the music scene by going back in time in San Angelo to show what it was (and is) like in some ways and coming forward (both at beginning and end) to LLB playing for the home town crowd.
The movie's timeline stops before the band's meteoric rise to take the Grammy for "Heaven" - but all of the joy is present, as is the personal charm of the boys. Henry describing the definition of success will surely touch you.
And there's a fair amount of pain as well as the family splits so that Dad's dream can be followed. One thing we don't get to see is the effect of all those miles and all those shows on the boy's individual families, which is a shame only in that the wives and children have also helped pay for LLB's success.
So, reader and potential purchaser, let me again offer that this DVD deserves a place in your collection.
If you are a fan anyway - as are the more than 14,000 members of the LLB Street Team - maybe you've already got a copy, and if not, go get it!
If you only have radio exposure to LLB by way of "Heaven", I recommend you pick up a copy of the DVD and see the backstory up close and very personal.
I can think of any number of places where this film would also be very, very valuable in the classroom - whether music or history class.
Where to find the DVD? Here at Amazon and a couple of other outlets. Order Texican Style, the music DVD of a huge show here in Austin while you are at it.
Where to find LLB on the road? Go see the schedule at [...], and take my strongest recommendation to see a live LLB show.
And as for LLB themselves?
Still funny, thoughtful, down to earth guys, earning a living to support their families doing something that they truly love to do.
Still very much the home town San Angelo boys...but you knew that, cuz they told us so...
Yes some day I'm gonna go back, baby
And I'm gonna live on my own
But you can only find us baby
On them cottonfields and crossroads
C & C... A Texican Story of Famila, Struggle, and Success
David Valdez | Deep South Texas | 12/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I discovered the music of Henry, Jojo, and Ringo Garza one day while browsing CDs at a music store. I listened to a sample of the first track, and I did something to me. The second track was as equally great. By the third sample, I had chills. The SRV/Hendrix/Santana guitar sound was pouring out with a unique passion. The harmonies reminded me of The Beatles, America, and Eagles. I purchased the CD and started to search for information about Los Lonely Boys. I related personally to these brothers from San Angelo on many levels.
Before all of this happened, though, there was a story to be told. A story about three brothers and their family and their music. Hector Galan, director of Cottonfields and Crossroads, saw them perform when they were playing in a small Austin bar and felt compelled to capture their electifying stage presense and raw ... yet polished sound. All of this was before Grammys, magazine covers, and television appearances.
Don't make the mistake of concluding that Cottonfields and Crossroads was created as a promotional piece. Galan was at the right place at the right time... and uncovered a familiar story of living in West Texas and growing up as a Mexican-American with all of the richness and strugle that accompanies our raza.
Seeing this film made me even more proud of La Familia Garza and now... La Familia Galan."
Laurie Little | BALTIMORE, MD | 01/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I finally was able to see this film in December after a long wait to see it. The Galans did a wonderful job and captured not only the music but the heart of the Garza family.
It was worth wating for, and I will be adding it to my collection."
An amazing movie that you'll watch over and over
1llbfan | Austin, TX USA | 12/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have had the honor and priveledge of viewing this Los Lonely Boys documentary several times. Not only is this a story of 3 brothers rise from playing for 'crowds' in small pubs to having national success with their debut self-titled album. It goes in depth into the history of their hometown, growing up poor, and around discrimination. It is a roller coaster of emotions, from laughing to being on the verge of tears. I am happy to say that I can watch this movie over and over."