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Sam Llanas talks March Madness, new play

April, 5, 2013
Sam LlanasPhoto courtesy of Jessica PerreaultSam Llanas, formerly of the BoDeans, is currently working on his second solo album as well as a play.
Sam Llanas, formerly of the BoDeans, has returned to the music scene as a solo artist venturing into new territories.

Since departing from the BoDeans, Llanas released an album at the very end of 2011 titled "4 A.M. (The Way Home)." More recently, he has penned a slate of new songs, heading back to the recording studio to put together his next, currently untitled record.

"4 A.M." is a collection of acoustic guitar-based songs which Llanas said "deals with a lot of themes of the night."

"I started writing the songs for '4 A.M.' before leaving the BoDeans, and I think the songs on the new record are even more accessible. And, for me, the next one feels like it is my real first solo record."

For Llanas, currently there's a certain buzz that may also be stoking creative fires.

"I love March Madness and, to me, it's one of the greatest things ever in sports," Llanas said.

Llanas, who is from of Waukesha, Wis., said that despite his proximity to both NCAA tournament participants Marquette and the University of Wisconsin, he's not a fan of any one team in particular.

"What I like is seeing a game that's anybody's game when it goes down to the wire," he said.

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