With the November 18 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: “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.”
“Dangerous Love” represents but one facet of Llanas’ varied style. “‘Dangerous Love’ is a song about seduction,” according to Llanas. “Letting yourself be lured into something that you know is probably going to get you in trouble.” Behind a steady beat that both rocks and grooves, Llanas’ vocal wail, with the help of some equally wailing guitar, is rather seductive itself. See for yourself below, and catch Llanas at New York’s Stage Left Studio on October 17 and 18 as part of the theatrical production of playwright Doug Vincent’s A Day for Grace, benefiting the Road Recovery organization for at-risk youth.