Sammy Llanas returns to the Green Bay Distillery Friday, December 23rd for a Holiday Kick off party the night before the Packers take on the Vikings to jumpstart your Holiday weekend with a night of amazing music!
With a career spanning decades, Sam Llanas - formerly of the Bodeans embarks on a 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 the roots rock style that was a signature sound of his former band 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 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.
Llanas’ new solo opus reveals a new found clarity, “I view The Whole Night Thru as my first “official” solo record. Though I previously released two solo studio records, I had always been very careful to not compete with the BoDeans sound. But now that I’m no longer in that band, the gloves are off and this is a record that has many elements that fans of my former band love. If fans are looking for that BoDeans sound, it comes from my voice and
it’s all over this record.” 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. 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.”
Doors will open at 7:30pm and the concert will start at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10. Side tables available for $20.