As part of the grand opening of the Waukesha County Museum’s The Wizard of Waukesha Les Paul exhibit, BoDeans founder-turned-solo-artist Sam Llanas and his producer, Gary Tanin have released a tribute video to Les Paul with images of the famed musician and inventor’s guitars.
Like Les Paul, Llanas is a Waukesha native, and Llanas agreed to let the museum use his song, “The Way Home,” for the video. The song is part of Llanas’ most recent album, 4 a.m., and was produced by Tanin in his studio, Daystorm Music, in Milwaukee, WI.
“The song is about the desire to bring things back home and the importance of home,” explained Tanin. The song, when tied in with the June 9 opening of the Les Paul exhibit, associates with the idea that the guitars on display are returning to their final resting place in Les Paul’s hometown,” Tanin explained.
“We were contacted by Brad Smith, who is on the advisory board for the museum; he said he saw Sam play (the song) live and thought it was perfect for the video,” said Tanin.
Gary Tanin at Smart Studios’ Trident console
The video transitions between images of Les Paul, his guitars and of Waukesha, including the Club 400, a tavern owned by Les Paul’s family, where he and Mary Ford played their first live performance. In the video, Llanas plays Les Paul’s first professional Gibson L-5 guitar, which Les Paul bought at the Gibson factory in 1933.
“We came up with the concept and last November, we did a number of different shoots around Waukesha in areas that Les was familiar with,” said Tanin.
The The Wizard of Waukesha exhibit will open on Sunday, June 9 at the Waukesha County Museum.
Les Paul: Wizard of Waukesha Exhibit