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      "The Whole Night Thru"
      November 18, 2014

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    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 Die4 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.

    Sam Llanas’ The Whole Night Thru will be available on digital and CD formats November 18th via Llanas Music (distributed by OARFIN / E1).



    1. Deja Vú

    2. Cold n’ Clean

    3. Everywhere But Here

    4. Dangerous Love

    5. I’m Still Alive

    6. Somethin’ Comin’

    7. Addicted To The Cure

    8. The Best I Can

    9. To Where You Go



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    • "Fueled by his searing and scarred vocals, songs such as 'The Best I Can,' 'Deja Vu,' 'Cold N' Clean' and 'Dangerous Love' finds Llanas working in arena-rock mode, sending his robust melodies soaring with crowd-pleasing intent. Consequently, those lamenting the passing of his formative outfit will likely find considerable consolation here." - RELIX MAGAZINE
    • “’ Déjà Vu’ the latest tune from Sam Llanas new album is a vibrant cut of blues-tinged rock and roll.” – POPMATTERS
    • “With the release of The Whole Night Thru, former BoDeans’ 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
    • “Four-on-the-floor rock records don’t get any more satisfying than this.” – NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY
    • “There’s a touch of Tom Petty, David Ackles and more, all mixed with plenty of raspy expressive vocals and maybe even more than a touch of the Jayhawks and REM in there as well. Llanas is doing plenty right with his own personality and style dominating the proceedings.” - DC ROCK LIVE
    • “His latest, The Whole Night Thru, finds Llanas as formidable and soulful as ever.” – MILWAUKEE MAGAZINE
    • “The nine songs here represent some of Llanas’ best work.” - SHEPHERD EXPRESS
    • "The Whole Night Thru hooked me with the overall quality of the whole record. It wouldn’t be stretching the truth to say I have found my favorite CD for 2014." - Kenneth E. Raisanen / WOAS-FM 88.5
    • “He may have left the BoDeans several years ago, but it’s clear that Llanas has got a great future ahead of him. With material like this and a band that hopefully won’t need to be constantly replaced, he should feel secure about what’s ahead of him.” – THE DAILY VAULT
    • “Llanas makes a rock-solid return with latest offering The Whole Night Thru, an intriguing album that mixes his signature roots-rock sound with Llanas’ other musical influences. Good stuff.” - PITTSBURGH IN TUNE
    • “The Whole Night Thru is a true rock album, a stark contrast to Llanas’ prior solo albums which boast a quieter, more acoustic feel.” - WUWM RADIO
    • “ The Whole Night Thru features nine new Llanas’ songs with the same fire and passion that he delivered with his former band.” - PENINSULA PULSE
    • “ The Whole Night Thru 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' 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
    • “This album is lush and vibrant.” – GLACIALLY MUSICAL
    • "When 'The Whole Night Thru' came out, I was literally blown away..." - Jeff Boule / BOULEBLOG
    • "Sam Llanas has produced an album of moving, memorable songs, solid musicianship and consistent vision." - MOJO
    • "Llanas' new solo album captures the greatness of [his former] band without breaking a sweat, but also allows him to find his own place with all that previous glory intact. In fact, he's never sounded better.... Don't miss it." - Bill Bentley, THE MORTON REPORT
    • "A superb effort.” - Bob Reitman, WUWM RADIO
    • "It would be a cold heart that can’t identify with the times and places Llanas sings about.” - BLOG CRITICS
    • "... warm, intimate —full of both yearning and contentment." - SHEPHERD EXPRESS
    • “…. beautifully captures the late night mood where love, truth, loneliness and sympathy walk hand in hand." - MAXIMUM INK
    • "A gorgeous collection of intimate tracks." - ISTHMUS
    • "Powerful songwriting talents." - NO DEPRESSION