Los Lonely Boys - Cottonfields and Crossroads
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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?Read more ›
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.
It was worth wating for, and I will be adding it to my collection.
La familia es todo becomes the underlying pulse of the film. Father-and-son conflicts, father-and-son dreams fill the screen with the gamut of human emotion. Picking cotton or picking guitar were Enrique Garza's sons' choices in the poor, rural area. Watching Galan's excellent depiction of the family's trials and triumphs puts you IN the Garza shoes and lets you walk a mile.
It's not just music; it's not just trying to stay alive. It's not just faith. It's an electricity that flows through Henry's eloquent guitar riffs, Jojo's amazing bass and Ringo's powerful drums. It's a unity that crowns tight harmony. It's brotherhood and it's family. And the Garzas' hearts, as well as their story, are large enough to welcome us all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful DVD for anyone who loves Los Lonely Boys. It had everything... interviews with Henry, JoJo and Ringo as well as family members, great stories and background... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Donna Lynn
Great story of 3 brothers coming from nothing in San Angelo TX, to making it big with Willy Nelson!Published 10 months ago by Bill Nauroth
I really love the sound and the music Los Lonely Boys products.Published 11 months ago by mark perry
LOVE THIS DVD, TELLS EVERYTHING ABOUT LLB,WISH IT WAS LONGER. GREAT QUALITY AND AUDIO. EVERYTHING I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT LLB. A+Published 21 months ago by CONAYNAY
This DVD gives you a good look at their upbringing in the Southwest, and a thorough understanding how significant music is to the Garza Bros. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Willie Harris
There are some really decent scenes but the documentary style is not my favorite. If you want to learn a little more about the LLB's history this might interest you.Published on July 21, 2013 by Steven C.