Iconic American singer, roots guitarist, and songwriter. Best known for his unique and distinctively soulful voice, Llanas supplied the vocal response on Robbie Robertson’s highly acclaimed debut album co-produced by Daniel Lanois on“Somewhere Down the Crazy River.”
Sam Llanas (pronounced Yah-niss) co-founded the BoDeans, a roots and heartland rock band from Waukesha, Wisconsin that moved into the genre of alternative rock after their critically acclaimed debut album Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams produced by T-Bone Burnett. A Rolling Stone reader poll voted them Best New American Band in 1987. That year they toured extensively with U2 on the Joshua Tree Tour. Sam provided backing vocals on three tracks of Robbie Robertson's self-titled debut album which won the Juno Award for “Album of the Year” as well as “Producer of the Year” for producers Daniel Lanois and Robertson.
In the late 1980s and early 90s, the band had several singles in the top 40 "mainstream rock" charts. Their second album was produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads. The band had two top 10 songs in the "Adult contemporary" charts in the mid-90s. The BoDeans have a permanent installation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland. Sam left the BoDeans in 2011 to pursue a solo career. In late 2014 he released The Whole Night Thru, an all new studio record featuring nine new Llanas originals.