Sam Llanas (pronounced yanas), formerly of the BoDeans, will release his new album The Whole Night Thru November 18th. Determined and confident, gloves are off on this guitar-driven collection, produced by longtime collaborator Gary Tanin featuring nine new Llanas originals.
With a career spanning decades, Llanas is continuing his solo pilgrimage after 25 years with the band he co-founded. His 12th studio album and third major solo effort, The Whole Night Thru, blends a powerful roots-rock style with Llanas’ own genre-bending musical influences.
Work on the new record started in 2013 occurring over a few weeks time. With the majority of the basic tracks recorded, Llanas began completing The Whole Night Thru at Daystorm Music in Milwaukee with producer-musician Tanin, who had also worked on the singer-songwriter’s previous solo efforts, A Good Day To Die, 4 A.M. (The Way Home) and 4/5 Live – Vol. I. Milwaukee musicians Sean Williamson, Matt Turner and Ryan Schiedermayer contributed guitar, bass, drums & percussion respectively, while Tanin supplied the string arrangements, piano and mellotron on the new recording.
Llanas’ new solo opus reveals a new found clarity on The Whole Night Thru and the result is a mix of Johnny Cash’s fiery fervor and Otis Redding’s nostalgic soulfulness, without limitation– stylistically or by genre classification.
“I’ve always been influenced by what I heard,” Llanas revealed. “In the ‘60s, when radio was wide open, you would hear the Beatles and the Stones, Motown Soul and Atlanta Soul, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding and Southern Soul. You’d hear Tom Jones, The Carpenters, Glen Campbell and country artists, you’d hear Johnny Cash and folk. Those songs were all really well-written and well performed.”
Going solo at this point in his career has allowed Llanas to combine the experience of a seasoned professional with the passion of an emerging artist. It is a need for deep self-exploration and expression that drives him to create his music and continue to perform. As Llanas admits, “I think the best part about being solo has been that I get to express myself completely now. I never got to sing half of these songs, and I always wanted to. I love being able to have that freedom.”
On The Whole Night Thru Sam Llanas embraces his new found freedom revealing a unique musical style that is simultaneously invigorating, passionate, inspiring and a surprising place of calm.
“’Deja Vu’ the latest tune from Sam Llanas’ new album The Whole Night Thru is a vibrant cut of blues-tinged rock and roll.” – POPMATTERS
“With the release of The Whole Night Thru, guitarist/vocalist Sam Llanas will be three albums into his solo career, and he seems to be very much enjoying the creative freedom. A roots rock powerhouse, the new album speaks to the wide range of sounds that inspired Llanas as a young man, and surely still do.” – ELMORE MAGAZINE
“Sam Llanas’ new solo album is a creative return to form… there’s no denying the intensity of his passion on The Whole Night Thru. He’s an artist rejuvenated.” – MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
“The Whole Night Thru features nine new Llanas’ songs with the same fire and passion that he delivered with his former band.” – PENINSULA PULSE
“Sam’s new project has a roots-rock blend, as well as soulful, bluesy feel.” – EXAMINER
“Llanas’ music remains true to the BoDeans sound, though, with the trademark voice of Llanas – distinctive and soulful but not overwhelming – and a refined rock sound backing him up.” – BURLINGTON STANDARD PRESS
SAM LLANAS 2014 TOUR DATES:
Nov. 11 – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI (w/ Dave Davies)
Nov. 14 – Silver Dome Ballroom – Neillsville, WI
Nov. 15 – Vox Concert Series – Marshfield, WI
Nov. 22 – Wisconsin Conservatory of Music – Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 29 – Aster Café – Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 30 – Aster Café – Minneapolis, MN
Dec. 27 – Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI (w/ The Delta Routine)
(more dates to be announced soon)
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