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Title - 'Return Of The Goya - Part 1'
Artist - Sam Llanas

Sam Llanas, formerly of the BoDeans, once again takes listeners on a musical journey, this time showcasing his long love of classic country music with a new collection of 10 tracks entitled, Return Of The Goya - Part 1 (Available June 15th via Llanas Music).

Executively produced by both Rob Wilson and Edward Bud Cole, his 13th studio album and fourth major solo effort, Return of the Goya Part 1 features Llanas on Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Harmonica; Sean Williamson Lap Steel, Pedal Steel & Electric Guitars; Matt Turner Bass Guitar; Kevin Dunphy Drums; and Ryan Schiedermayer Drums on 'Follow Your Heart,' and John Simons Trombone on 'All Day.'

1. 'Follow Your Heart' (3:27)
2. 'Recipe' (2:08)
3. 'All Day' (3:31)
4. 'Heroes' (2:38)
5. 'Little Song' (3:18)
6. 'Little Song II'(1:57)
7. 'All Alone Again' (3:41)
8. 'Rio' (3:52)
9. 'Long Way Home' (3:56)
10. 'Down the Line' (6:12)

After a drum stick count in, we get the upbeat wonderment of 'Follow Your Heart,' which is simply a superb song from start to finish, in my humble opinion. That's backed by the equally infectious twang of 'Recipe,' the hum-along beauty 'All Day,' before the pace is brought down for what you might think (at first blush) is a cover of Bowie, but is instead Llanas' own 'Heroes.'

The pace is picked back up again on 'Little Song,' which is followed seamlessly by its less-than-two-minute companion track, 'Little Song II.' The Americana sway of 'All Alone Again' is a lyrical story that will resonate with a lot of people who hear it (myself, sadly, included), and that's backed by the guitar-led 'Rio.'

Bringing the album to a close is the rousingly brilliant 'Long Way Home,' with Llanas' own count in to the album's longest track (at just over six minutes), 'Down The Line' "officially" ending the listening experience. I say "officially," because if you let the disc play out after this track (and why wouldn't you), you'll get given a delightful, acoustically raw, semi-whistled ("Oh God. Make it stop! Please make it stop" - his spoken sentiment after the recording has ended, not mine!) bonus track.

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