Archive for the ‘Lukas Nelson’ Category

Artists added to Willie: Life and Songs of an American Outlaw (January 12, 2019)

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson @ Charley’s (12/18/2010)

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

shelly1

Thanks so much to my friend and Willie Nelson fan Shelly, who sends me stories from seeing Willie Nelson at Charley’s in Pa’ai, on Maui.

Howzit Linda!

Last year, after coming back to Honolulu from celebrating New Year’s Eve 2010 with a Willie Nelson and family concert on Maui, I regaled my friend Charles Bateman with stories, and made him promise to go with me the next time there was an indication Willie would perform on Maui again.

So there were indications Willie might perform with his son, Lukas at one of the two concerts Lukas and Promise of the Real were to give at Charley’s on December 17th and 18th. We took our chances and decided to try for the Saturday nite concert rather than the Friday night one. Once we finally landed in Maui after an excruciating 6 hour delay, we ended up buying the last ticket (single) sold at the bar for the concert.

As we went off to eat dinner before the concert, Charles tried to introduce doubt about who was going to use the ticket to get in. I immediately pulled the car over and told Charles that this was not a matter that I would be able to joke about. Silently, I pondered how difficult it would be to get a man as big as Charles out of the vehicle and leave him in the sugar cane field so that this question would be settled for certain.

He seemed to get the message and didn’t joke about it again, and we went off to dinner still with some tension between us. At 8pm we, or I should say I, was let into Charleys for the concert. Later, Chuck would have great luck buying a ticket from a scalper for a few extra dollars.

Once Chuck was in, I gave him a tour of the place, pointing out all the platinum records, the giant-sized Trigger, and other Willie Nelson memorabilia in the bar. We sidled up to a good location near the stage and readied ourselves for the predictable onslaught of the usually stoned, peace-lovin, and aloha-livin’ Maui folks fighting their way up to be close to the stage for the possibility of seeing Lukas Nelson and a legend.

shelly4

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real took the stage some time around 10:45 and played great songs from their new album. Like his father, Lukas has a humble and gracious stage presence that belies his tremendous talents as a musician.

Meanwhile, Willie’s other son, Micah began embellishing a surfboard with his unique artistic skills, transforming a typical surfboard into a trippy, mind-bending board.

shelly2
Somewhere around midnight, a stage hand made his way to the creaky old screen door at the back of the stage, slowly opened it, and Willie Nelson appeared and an electric guitar was given to him. The crowd went ecstatic, screaming with enthusiasm. Willie flashed us a pleased grin in reply, winked at a few friends, and the band broke into “Whiskey River.”

Lukas and his fellow band members, just in their twenties, did a remarkable job playing Willie’s country classics that are decades older than them; “On the Road Again,” “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.” Father and son did some impressive dueling guitar work, facing each other, and it appeared Willie purposely flubbed a portion of the duel to make Lukas look like the victorious guitar virtuoso. They both laughed at this display of Willie’s humanity on guitar.

Soon the music turned back to Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real tunes, and Willie sang and played along, lending a real resonance to the songs. Lukas then spoke of the importance and love of family and his parents in his heart-rending song, “Mothers and Fathers”. Annie Nelson, standing on the side of the stage was visibly pleased as was Willie.

Both parents seemed equally pleased and proud when Lukas dazzled the crowd, and particularly a group of 4 young women smitten with him, when he showed off his ability to make music with his instrument and his mouth. The girls seemed close to collapsing by the end of this display.

Micah finished with his surfboard creation and joined the band, adding a third drummer to the final set of music. The boys threw in a couple of Christmas standards for the season, and then wrapped up the evening with a combination of Willie and Lukas songs somewhere around 1am. The crowd dispersed glowing, and mellowed back to their normal Maui selves. All those who pushed and shoved, spilled drinks on each other, hugged and kissed and said aloha.

Lukas Nelson at Charley’s on Maui (December 20, 2018)

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price and friends — “Love and Music” — benefit for Woolsey Fire (Dec 17)

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

December 17
Canyon Club
Agoura, California

Tickets:
https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0900557BF7FE54B3

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Reas at Hogs Festival in New Orleans (Mar 30, 2019)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Home

Kick New Orleans festival season off right … with BBQ! Hogs for the Cause returns as the best barbecue festival this side of the Mississippi.

New Orleans welcomes over 90 local and regional BBQ masters and the best backyard chefs to compete in seven categories: Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, Porkpourri, Sauce, Fan Favorite, and Fundraising Champion.

How did Hogs for the Cause get started?

In 2009, Hogs for the Cause hosted a pig roast to raise money for a boy named Ben Sarrat. Li’l Ben had been diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. In that first year, roughly 200 people showed up to watch a pig turn slowly on a spit and raise money to help Ben’s family. Fast-forward a few short years (eight years and counting), and Hogs for the Cause is now one of the largest barbecue competitions and music festivals in the country. Our charitable purpose remains the same: helping families fighting pediatric brain cancer.

 

Lukas Nelson with Margo Price, at the Rustic in Dallas (11/15/2018)

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Lukas Nelson performed a solo set at the Rustic tonight in Dallas, an acoustic set.   Janis Tillerson took these great photos.

He gave his hard working Promise of the Real bandmates a well deserved vacation: Corey, bass player, is in Japan with his family, Tato’s in Maui, Anthony’s in southern California. So respectful of him, “I want to give my band their props.  I wish they were here, ’cause I love them.”

Lukas wore a Davey Crocket coonskin cap for the show, and he wore it well.

Lukas invited Margo Price on stage to play several songs together.  They were so great together.  So fun to see two young people, so talented, at the top of their game, having so much fun doing what they love.

 

 

Jenny, Janis, GMa Jane, Karen and me, getting excited about the show tonight

Kacey Musgraves and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Austin City Limits

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

www.rmpbs.org

Season 44 Episode 4406 | 54m 11

Live it up with contemporary country from Kacey Musgraves and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Nashville-based Texan Musgraves essays tunes from her widely acclaimed album Golden Hour. Son of outlaw country legend Willie Nelson, roots rocker Lukas Nelson and his band present songs from their self-titled release.

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Austin City Limits

Friday, November 9th, 2018

photo: Scott Newton

www.acltv.com

Austin City Limits showcases left-of-center country with Kacey Musgraves and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in a new episode. Two-time Grammy Award-winning Kacey Musgraves returns for the first time since her 2014 appearance and roots rocker Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real make their ACL debut.

One of country music’s most critically acclaimed singer-songwriters, Kacey Musgraves returns to the ACL stage with songs from Golden Hour, her third album, and a career highlight. The release has generated glowing reviews and recently earned a coveted Album of the Year nomination from the Country Music Association for the upcoming CMA Awards (on November 14), along with a nod for Musgraves as Female Vocalist of the Year. With a sequin-studded saddle suspended over the stage, the boundary-pushing country artist delivers a radiant seven-song set showcasing Golden Hour, opening with the lush “Slow Burn,” an introspective stunner reflecting the more personal direction of her latest collection. The East Texas native made a name for herself with her piercing observations and irreverent brand of country and reaches back to her 2013 breakthrough for the fan-favorite “Follow Your Arrow,” letting the crowd take over on the final verse. “Get on your roller skates Austin,” she instructs the rapt audience for the disco-fied set-closer “High Horse,” as Musgraves treats the crowd to some smooth moves, turning the ACL stage into her very own dance floor.


photo:  Scott Newton

After more than a decade on the road barnstorming across the U.S.A. and around the world, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have developed into one of music’s most impressive live acts, earning a 2018 Group of the Year nomination from the Americana Music Awards. The band’s sound draws on many of Nelson’s influences including his own father, outlaw country icon Willie Nelson, and Neil Young, with whom the band has regularly toured and recorded in recent years. In their ACL debut, the six-piece outfit delivers on their promise with a powerhouse set filled with songs from their acclaimed self-titled album. Opening with the fierce rocker “Something Real,” the band showcase their bona fides segueing seamlessly into country heartbreaker “(Forget About) Georgia.” The Austin-born Nelson performs a sterling solo acoustic “Just Outside of Austin,” a crowd-pleaser steeped in the Texas singer-songwriter tradition, before closing out the set with the stirring social anthem “Turn Off the News” for a memorable ACL debut.

Lukas Nelson on Last Call with Carson Daly

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival wraps at the Hollywood Bowl (Oct. 21)

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

photo: Gary Miller

www.TasteofCountry
by:  Bylle Breaux

SEE PHOTOS AT TASTE OF COUNTRY

Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival has been touring since May, but Sunday night (Oct. 21) was the first time California was included on the tour, now in its third season.

The 2018 lineup has varied from stop to stop, but has included legendary acts like Neil Young, Van Morrison, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Ryan Bingham, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and many others. For Los Angeles, the historic Hollywood Bowl was the perfect setting for the final bow.

Particle Kid (Micah Nelson) opened the show at 4:30, but because most of the ads said the show would start at 5PM, very few people were there to hear him in the 17,500-seat amphitheater, and it was unfortunate. Kid has an emotional voice that easily filled the space, with a bend toward the sound of an early Neil Young. He ended his set with some guitar smashing and then his angry “Everything is Bulls–t.

Lukas Nelson and his Promise of the Real band rattled Willie fans that had not heard them yet. His part traditional country, part blues, part singer-songwriter set was well planned to introduce himself and capture the mood for the types of music to be heard the rest of the night. The younger Nelson’s guitar skills are mesmerizing, and he has the ability to draw you so deeply into his playing that you forget about his amazing, familiar voice, which comes back in to spin you again. His song “Turn Off the News” — a protest to America’s addiction to customized information — was well received and got the tie-dyed Deadheads on their feet.

Margo Price is always a good choice for any festival, and on this night she seemed to hug Los Angeles from her heart. Price’s band was rotated into view by a revolving stage as Nelson’s gear was spun off. A divider down the middle separated the front from the back so the next band was free to set up behind the divider, saving loads of time. Price sang some songs from her first album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, and even crawled back to play drums for “Four Years of Chances.” Her new song, “All American Made,” whispered elegantly through the Hollywood Hills as the flag floated in the breeze and the sun began to set, making Price look like the star of her own movie.

Sturgill Simpson led the night in surprises. The Grammy-winning artist came prepared to sing his hits, but seemed to improvise most of his set with some ornery guitar riffs. Simpson has always claimed he isn’t a good guitar player, but if what he does isn’t good, then everyone else should go back to school. Simpson’s band stayed on their toes to keep up with him, and they were so honed into one another it was as if the audience didn’t exist. He had the place silenced with his version of When in Rome’s “The Promise,” which is on his album, MetaModern Sounds in Country Music. After the birth of his third child recently, Simpson said he would take a few months off before trying some new things he is rolling out next year.

Phil Lesh’s debut with the Outlaw Festival included collaborations with Jackie Green (Black Crowes), Jason Crosby, Cris Jacobs and Nathan Graham on drums, collectively known as Phil Lesh and Friends. Green and Jacobs worked lead vocals back and forth over this the bands deeply moving blues ballads.

Then, it was time for Willie Nelson, who waltzed onstage in a Dodger’s jersey expecting participation before he’d sing On the Road Again” or “ Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up…” The Hollywood Bowl was happy to oblige. In California, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” is always a good idea, but Nelson’s new song “Vote Them Out” also played particularly well here. The country icon stood back and allowed Lukas to lead the gritty Stevie Ray Vaughan cover of “Texas Flood,” solidifying that fact the Nelson line and brand of music will continue for years to come.

 

Congratulations, A Star is Born

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Sunday, October 14th, 2018


photo:  Neil Preston

www.cnn.com
by:  Sandra Gonzalez

(CNN)Something major has happened in Lukas Nelson’s life, and he’s elated.
“I couldn’t be better,” he says over the phone, with an enthusiasm that displays how true his statement is. “Honestly, the last minute has been especially great. The last, last minute of my life has been just fantastic. So it’s just incredible.”

He declines to share more about those very important, very exciting-seeming 60 seconds of his life when prompted. He says he’s not at liberty to say more, out of respect for the privacy of his friends.
But Nelson has had a lot to be thrilled about these days.
Ever since Bradley Cooper saw Nelson and his band, Promise of the Real, performing with Neil Young at 2016’s Desert Trip, Nelson has been in a whirlwind of good fortune. The latest chapter being last week’s release of “A Star Is Born,” a film for which Nelson helped write songs and coached Cooper, who plays a grizzled rock star named Jackson Maine in the film. (Nelson and his band appear as Maine’s band, too.)

Nelson was there as Cooper went through different “iterations” of his character, eventually landing on the wounded showman who ended up on screen. There’s a little bit of Neil Young in Jackson Maine, and a little bit of Nelson. (“I think he took a few mannerisms from me, frankly,” he says, almost trying to not sound vain.)

Rave early reviews for “A Star Is Born” — accompanied by a trail of Oscar buzz — helped propel the film to an impressive opening weekend and its soundtrack, on which Nelson has credits for songs like “Out of Time” and “Music to My Eyes,” is a chart-topper.

“That was like the highlight of my life at that point,” Nelson says of being singled out by Cooper from an all-star lineup at what he lovingly refers to as “Oldchella.” “And then, you know, another sort of highlight was born from that.”

Read rest off article here.

Lukas Nelson on Working With Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Thursday, October 11th, 2018


photo:  Neil Preston

www.Billboard.com
by:  Hilary Hughes

Bradley Cooper found the missing piece to his musical puzzle — and the living, breathing inspiration for Jackson Maine, the romantic rocker he plays in A Star Is Born, his directorial debut — strumming next to Neil Young in the middle of the desert.

It was a balmy October night in 2016, and Young was playing classic rock festival Desert Trip with Promise of the Real, the folk-rock outfit fronted by Lukas Nelson, Willie’s son. After the performance, Cooper asked Nelson to be both a musical consultant and a contributor to the soundtrack of his grittier, twangier update on the classic love story.

Before A Star is Born‘s much-anticipated release Oct. 5, Nelson spoke about his experience working with Cooper and his co-star, Lady Gaga.

How did that first conversation with Bradley Cooper go?

He’s a pretty serious actor and definitely takes his art very seriously, but in a level-headed way. I appreciate that very much. He came up to me and said, “I’d love for you to come and be a musical consultant on the whole thing.” I said, “Yeah, sure!” Stefani [Germanotta, a.k.a Gaga] came, and we ended up writing together a bunch. I produced it, and it just kind of grew from there. It was an organic sort of happening where we all really had a great thing going together, and then the band wound up being perfect for the movie, so, [Promise of the Real] ended up in the movie as [Maine’s] band. It’s kind of a full circle from Desert Trip to A Star Is Born, with those same musicians he was inspired by — us with Neil. He just kind of made that the template for what he was doing with this movie, in a way, or at least how he wanted to portray the character.

What was it like working with Lady Gaga?

I’ve been around successful people for a long time, and I know real good talent when I see it, just from growing up in the family I grew up in. She fits the bill. She’s quite a performer; she’s an actress; she’s just an entertainer, you know? When we were writing together, we definitely saw eye-to-eye. We kind of finished each other’s sentences a lot of times when we were writing. It just felt really natural. It’s a great collaboration and it’s a beautiful friendship that we have. I cherish her and her abilities and her heart. Same with Bradley: we’ve become really close friends and we love each other. It seems more like an extended family with those guys.

Does Jackson Maine remind you of anyone?

Me! Oh, man — he would study how I would hold a guitar, and then he would make it his own. We talked a lot about how to look and feel onstage, being in a band and what it’s like. It was so great to have Promise of the Real there in the movie… He was part of our band and that authenticity really shows.

Cooper was clearly an eager student, so as the person guiding him through that musical education, was there anything that surprised you about that process?

It was beautiful to watch him grow and see the level of dedication he put into it. Nobody will be able to say he didn’t give 100 percent and more. I think that that’s paying off for him. A lot of people are excited, and I don’t think they’re going to be disappointed, either. I was surprised at his level of musicianship. I didn’t realize that he was that into music and that he already knew so much. He’s definitely a musician; he just hadn’t tapped into it, and now he’s gotten the chance to. I hope he continues to do things as time goes by, musically, because he’s got a talent for it. He’s got an ear — the same with Gaga and acting.

In regards to writing, how did that differ from your experience writing your own music? Was it different to write from a fictional viewpoint as Jackson? Did you change anything up in terms of your approach?

In a way, it was more like playing with Neil, because I’m playing sideman: I’m stepping back from my lead role and playing sideman to other artists, who were Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Having that ability to be a lead, I think it’s also really important to know how to be in a band. The way that I approach my songwriting, I think there’s a lot of me in [A Star Is Born]. These are songs that I’ve written about my own life, and in a way they can be applied to any situation.

You’re obviously very familiar with Kris Kristofferson; you know each other well and have worked together, too. He starred in A Star Is Born with Barbra Streisand. Have you and Kris ever discussed A Star Is Born?

No, Kris and I didn’t talk about it too much. But I know he’s really proud of Bradley and he’s happy to sort of pass the torch down. This movie’s been made four times, now; the first was in the ‘30s, almost in the silent film era. Then there was a later one with Judy Garland in the ‘50s, then in the ‘70s with Kris and Barbra Streisand, and then this one. There’s actually sort of a tradition of this movie being remade, you know, as time goes by.

Scenes like the ones filmed at Stagecoach and Glastonbury really highlight Cooper’s commitment to that authenticity. Why was it important for him to make those festival appearances?

I think [Stagecoach] was a big moment for him. Actually, we filmed the scene right before dad’s set. Dad actually cut his set short just a little bit to let us come on and film this little segment for the same crowd — it was right after Jamey Johnson played. It was fantastic. It was a big moment for him to be able to get up there and just take charge and sing and sing it well in front of tens of thousands of people.

That must’ve been cool for your dad, too, to witness your own major Hollywood moment!

I don’t know; I think he was on the bus at the time. He might’ve been chillin’. [Laughs.] I’m sure he heard it!

Do you enjoy musical theater and musical films, generally?

I really loved O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which was a great soundtrack and a beautiful movie with good music. That’s the only one I can think of. Of course there was the last A Star Is Born, which was great; then there was that movie with… oh, god, I can’t remember. Whitney Houston —

The Bodyguard?

Yeah, The Bodyguard! Right! I know that Stefani was really into that movie — it was part of the inspiration, she mentioned, for her, and other movies as well. They all did their research, Bradley and Gaga. This is gonna be a good one. My favorite is probably The Blues Brothers — the original Blues Brothers is fantastic. It has so many great musicians.

Let’s talk about Stefani’s Americana chops: she’s such a versatile performer, but how did she take to this material?

I think she’s just a consummate entertainer no matter what. Whatever she put her mind to, she’d do really, really well — she’s just that type of artist. The last record that she put out, Joanne, was my first introduction to her, really; I thought it was just fantastic. I heard her hit songs and they’re all great, but there were some songs that resonated with me on that record. There are some songs in this movie that really resonate with me, the ones with Mark Ronson that she wrote, and the band actually played it, so it was great to be a part of that in a way.

What happens after the movie premieres and you’re back to your life on the road? Will you incorporate these songs into your live shows?
I mean, probably, especially “Music to My Eyes.” There are songs that I’d probably want to play and cover, absolutely. I’ve thought about covering some songs of hers from before, too. “Million Reasons” is a great song; that’s just a classic song. I heard Bob Weir ?from the Grateful Dead covering that song not too long ago. She’s got a good sense of songwriting and song crafting and by anyone’s standards, not just an artist in the pop world.

 

Willie and the Boys

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

www.RollineStone.com