In the last couple of years, I've started putting together my own guitars. I learned a lot about pickups and pots and caps and wood. And it helps me put together guitars that I know inside and out. So I know exactly what they can do, exactly how they "are," you might say. I like to start with raw-wood bodies and necks.
Sam Llanas, the former lead singer and guitarist of The BoDeans, takes listeners deep into the night on his new solo album, 4 A.M. (The Way Home), which was released October 25 via Inner Knot Records. The album, an intimate, mostly acoustic collection, was produced by Gary Tanin and features 10 new Llanas originals and a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “All Through the Night.”