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LES PAUL HONORED IN MUSIC VIDEO BY FELLOW HOMETOWN MUSICIAN SAM LLANAS

“The Way Home” music video generates excitement for the opening of the Les Paul: The Wizard of Waukesha exhibit at the Waukesha County Museum

WAUKESHA COUNTY, WI April 8, 2013 – The city of Waukesha, Wisconsin has some big bragging rights regarding the history of music: it is the birthplace of the legendary Les Paul, the highly influential musician, entertainer and inventor. To commemorate the upcoming June 9th opening of Les Paul: The Wizard of Waukesha exhibit at the Waukesha County Museum, the museum produced a music video featuring fellow Waukesha native Sam Llanas, along with images of Les and his guitars, and the hometown they proudly share. 

Sam Llanas is co-founder of the rock band The BoDeans, and is currently touring in support of his critically acclaimed second solo album 4 a.m. (The Way Home). He allowed the museum to use the song “The Way Home” as a tribute to Les. This video can be viewed atwww.lespaulexperience.org. It can also be viewed on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKDdXkNnS5I.

 “It’s always been an honor to say that Les Paul and I come from the same hometown,” Llanas says. “Since the museum is bringing Les’ personal items back to Waukesha and giving them a permanent place for the public to view, I’m honored my song will be used to support their mission.”

In the video, Sam strums Les Paul’s first professional Gibson L-5 guitar that Les bought at the Gibson factory in 1933. The museum recently acquired this priceless guitar and will showcase it – along with many other guitars and rare personal artifacts – in the new exhibit. Parts of the video were filmed in Waukesha’s famed Club 400, a tavern once owned by Les’ family and the location of Les and Mary Ford’s first live performance. Other locations featured in the video include Cutler Park, downtown Main Street, and Les Paul’s burial site at Prairie Home Cemetery.

“I hope the video inspires people to learn more about Les’ story, his hard work and constant fascination with the world around him. Les always recognized the influence that his hometown had on his success. He obviously loved the town, since he insisted on being introduced as ‘The Wizard of Waukesha,” said Llanas.

The video also has a strong theme of passing on the enjoyment of playing music to our next generation. Sam’s son Hudson joins his father as they strum a guitar together.

“It was a joy to have Hud join me on this shoot,” said Llanas.” The idea of instilling in our children the love of making music reinforces the museum’s theme to honor the past and inspire the future. Les Paul did that for decades. My hope is this video does its small part as well.”

Les Paul: The Wizard of Waukesha opens to the public on Sunday, June 9th at the Waukesha County Museum. A private VIP opening will be held on Saturday, June, 8, 2013. For more information or to order tickets, please call (262) 521-2859 or visitwww.lespaulexperience.org or www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

 

About Les Paul

Les Paul (1915-2009), born Lester Polsfuss, was an American jazz, country and blues guitarist; songwriter; luthier; and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. He is credited with many recording innovations, including the use of multi-track recording that began the era of today’s modern recording industry. Among his many honors, Paul is one of only a handful of artists inducted into the halls of fames for Rock and Roll, Country Music, Songwriting, and Inventors.

 

About the Waukesha County Museum:

The Waukesha County Museum serves Waukesha County and beyond as an educational and cultural resource while preserving and sharing county history. The museum is located in the county’s historic 1893.

 

The Waukesha County Museum is located at 101 W. Main Street in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Exhibits and the Museum Store are open regularly from Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. General admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors aged 62 and above, $3 for children 6-17 and college students with ID and free for children 5 and under. Museum members receive free admission all year.

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