Sam llanas


7 questions for Sam Llanas about his new "Goya sessions" project

Published Feb. 5, 2018

For his new record, "Return of the Goya - Part 1," Sam Llanas both drew inspiration from the return of a beloved type of guitar and finally committed to tape some songs he's long had in his back pocket. We talked to him about making the record, which will get a follow-up later this year.


WAMI announces 2015 awards nominees

Published March 12, 2015

This afternoon, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) announced the nominees for its 35th annual WAMI Awards. The show itself will be held at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Sunday, April 19 at Turner Hall Ballroom, with a nominee celebration several weeks before on Sunday, March 29 at Papa's Social Club.


Kinks' Dave Davies' Turner Hall gig offers nothing to complain about

Published Nov. 12, 2014

Lester Bangs' "James Taylor Marked for Death" is no doubt popular reading this week in Milwaukee after the singer-songwriter disparaged his recent Brew City audience for its supposedly "wooden" response. It's highly unlikely Milwaukee will have to deal with any post-show digs from fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Davies, who delighted an appreciative crowd Tuesday night at Turner Hall.


7 questions for Sam Llanas

Published Oct. 31, 2014

With his third solo studio record, "The Whole Night Thru," due out Nov. 18, Sam Llanas feels finally liberated from his former band.


Llanas headlines Conservatory's Festival of Trees & Music

Published Oct. 28, 2014

Iconic American singer, acoustic guitarist and songwriter Sam Llanas (formerly of the BoDeans) is one of 11 highly anticipated acts set to headline during the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music's 11-day Festival of Trees & Music Nov. 13-23.


Tanin gives wide-ranging "Otto & the Elevators" another spin

Published Nov. 14, 2013

These days Gary Tanin is known for his work as a producer, mastering engineer and collaborator with Sam Llanas. But, Tanin has been making music since he was a kid and released his first single when he was 15 years old. This month, Tanin reissues his 1975 record, "Otto and the Elevators."


Llanas shines on "Four/Five Live - Volume 1"

Published Sept. 4, 2013

Sam Llanas recently released a new 10-song live album called "Four/Five Live - Volume 1." He also sings on the touring production of "A Day for Grace" that opens this week at Next Act Theatre.


Tanin rediscovers recordings that complement his debut

Published Dec. 17, 2012

These days, Gary Tanin's reputation around town is as one of the premier mastering engineers in Milwaukee. But Tanin started out as - and still is - a songwriter and musician. After a long drought of releasing his own records, Tanin has issued "Love Changes," which, he says, bookends his 1972 vinyl debut, "Love Changes All."


Trophy's guitar straps look like a million bucks

Published July 13, 2012

Glenn Boren has been a musician for decades. And so, he knows when to it's time to step into the spotlight and take a solo. Boren began playing in bands as a teenager and in the 1980s he formed The Convertors before joining the last line-up of Colour Radio. But now, he's the man behind Trophy Straps; as in guitar straps.


Llanas steals the show at America concert

Published June 22, 2012

Thursday night America played to a sold-out crowd at The Pabst Theater. Former BoDeans front man, Sammy Llanas, opened. I was unaware of Sammy opening up, and it turned out to be a more than fantastic surprise.


Milwaukee Mafia still has it

Published April 23, 2012

If anybody ever asks you if there is great music in Milwaukee, send them to see the Milwaukee Mafia in action.


Exclusive entertainment on Record Store Day

Published April 12, 2012

This year's Record Store Day is Saturday, April 21, and The Exclusive Company will have free performances all day at its shops on the East Side (1669 N. Farwell Ave.), in Greenfield (5026 S. 74th St.) and in West Bend (144 N. Main St.).


Sam Llanas brings post BoDeans show to Linneman's this weekend

Published Feb. 16, 2012

Sammy Llanas brings his post BoDeans show to Linneman's Riverwest Inn this week for two special "belated birthday" shows on Friday and Saturday night. Llanas will do sets solo and with his new band. He'll feature tunes from his entire career and his latest release, "4 A.M."