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Lukas Nelson on guitar and vocals, Tato Melgar on percussion, Anthony Logerfo on drums, Corey McCormick, on bass.
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real played at the Bluebird in Denver last night. What a fantastic show! The guys just get better and better and better and better, and they are so good already, that’s hard to believe.
The crowd was full of fans, lots of fans from Colorado, and also other Realers from California, Texas, Oklahoma, and beyond. Their fan base grows and grows and grows. It was fun to stand in the audience and listen to fans sing along with the hits.
Karlee Escobar, from Colorado, took these great photos, of Lukas and his new guitar he bought that day, and Corey on bass.
I took this one of Lukas.
The band has a new album out, and covered some of them last night. They sound great!
- Something Real
- Set Me Down On A Cloud
- Don’t Want To Fly
- Ugly Color
- I’ll Make Love To You Any Ol’ Time
- Everything Is Fake
- San Francisco
They are in the middle of their POTR tour now. And bonus — on a few of the shows, Chicago and Nashville at least, his niece Raelyn Nelson and her band will be openeing for POTR. Next month, the will join up again with Neil Young for some dates on Europe. Check out their tour dates, and go see them if you can!
Keep in touch with their website www.PromiseoftheReal.com, or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat, too.
I took this one. Lukas does an acoustic set before he invites the band out to rock with him. Take a look at this set list:
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have a new album out. They gave us a preview at Farm Aid last year.
The band is on tour in the US, and then will join Neil Young for some European dates.
Raelyn Nelson and her amazing band is opening some shows for her uncle and his band. Check them out.
Beautiful guitar picks designed by Guthrie Thomas, with photos by Jim Eckenrode. The band gets the guitar picks, but the album is available for purchase!
hearing this record, its hard not to realize that music is actually all around us all the time; one only needs to stop and listen
Young described his latest project on social media:
We made a live record and every creature on the planet seemed to show up. Suddenly all the living things of Earth were in the audience going crazy. Then they took over the stage, letting their wild sounds mingle with the Vanilla Singers perfect corporate harmony. Earth’s creatures let loose, there were Bee breakdowns, Bird breakdowns and yes, even Wall Street breakdowns, jamming with me and Promise of the Real! The show was non stop bliss for 98 minutes, no breaks. EARTH does not fit on iTunes. It breaks all their rules (and couldn’t all really be heard that way anyway) No one who was there will ever forget the love, wonder and beautiful madness of EARTH. I know I won’t. Neil
EARTH consists of recordings from Young’s tour last year with the band Promise Of The Real for his preceding album, The Monsanto Years. AlterNet described Young’s 36th studio album, as a “concept-based criticism” of Monsanto, the world’s biggest seed company, and also a condemnation of other multinational agriculture giants like Syngenta, Dow, Dupont and Bayer that have also, like Monsanto, “garnered control of global seed production.”
Promise Of The Real guitarist Lukas Nelson lauded the new LP. “I just listened to our new record EARTH with Neil Young … One of the single greatest audio experiences I’ve ever had,” he wrote on Instagram.
The world premiere of EARTH will be hosted by the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles on May 6. And, according to anannouncement about the event, it’s sure to be spectacular:
Against the backdrop of the Museum’s blossoming outdoor Nature Gardens, musician and icon Neil Young will present the first public playback of his upcoming release, EARTH, in its entirety in Pono high definition fidelity audio, before its June 17 release. The album features “After the Gold Rush,” “Vampire Blues,” and an explosive 29-minute version of “Love & Only Love,” and includes some unexpected accompaniment—the sounds of many different kinds of wildlife.
The Grammy Award-winning artist and environmental crusader said in a press release that EARTH “flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together. Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times.”
Young also told Rolling Stone last year that EARTH is “like nothing that I’ve done. It’s more like a giant radio show.”
“It has no stops,” he continued. “The songs are too long for iTunes, thank God, so they won’t be on iTunes. I’m making it available in the formats that can handle it … Imagine it’s a live show where the audience is full of every living thing on Earth. And also they overtake the music once in a while and play the instruments. It’s not conventional, but it is based on live performance.”
On Tuesday, Young kicked off his 2016 world tour with Promise Of The Real in New Braunfels, Texas with guest star and legendary rocker Willie Nelson.
The tour then stopped by Nashville, Texas’s Ascend Amphitheater yesterday. The concert received rave reviews from local publication, The Tennesseean:
At 70 years old, the rock icon hasn’t lost a step. His voice is still in fine form, and the audience sang along reverently to every word of classics like “Heart of Gold” and “Long May You Run.” After an opening set from singer-songwriter Steve Earle (whose debut album “Guitar Town” turned 30 this year) and half a dozen of his own solo songs, Young brought out his backing band Promise of the Real: Five rootsy rockers including Willie Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micah Nelson—and played another 90 minutes.
Neil Young & Promise Of The Real’s first show of 2016 featured a Willie Nelson sit-in, a tribute to Merle Haggard, at Whitewater Amphitheater, New Braunfels, TX.
Special Guest added to Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Lucinda Williams concert tonight Whitewater Amphitheater in New BraunfelsTuesday, April 26th, 2016
NEIL YOUNG w/ Promise of the Real & Special guest LUCINDA WILLIAMS –
Gates open at 6:00 and it appears one more HUGE special guest just got added to the show. ( Hint, hint below)
We still have some tickets atwww.whitewaterrocks.com .
photo: Tim Mosenfelder
by: Hector Saldona
Brothers Lukas and Micah Nelson have an enviable vantage point, standing side by side with, and witnessing the power of, two musical giants.
One of them is their father, Willie Nelson. The other is Neil Young.
Lukas and Micah front Promise of the Real, the self-described hippie-cowboy-surf-rock band that collaborated with Young on his provocative album “The Monsanto Years” and which has been serving as his fiery backing band. They arrive at Whitewater Amphitheater on Tuesday.
The tight band includes drummer Anthony LoGerfo, bassist Corey McCormick and percussionist Tato Meglar.
“It’s just incredible,” Lukas Nelson said. “I never would’ve thought growing up that music would embrace me in much the same way it embraced my dad, and not only that, but embrace my brother, too. It’s a blessing to be able to play music for a living and to be able to do it with the mentors that I’ve been blessed to know.”
But there is a difference between playing with his dad’s legendary Family Band and being on the road with Young. Lukas has expressed in interviews that being onstage with the mercurial rocker is almost an out-of-body experience.
“Every show we make leaps and bounds in terms of connection and maturity and musicianship. It’s an experience like no other,” Lukas said. “I’m just riding it like a big wave. I pinch myself every day. I ask myself whether my life is real or it’s a dream. Maybe it’s both.”
Young used similar language to describe his relationship with Promise of the Real in an interview with Rolling Stone: “I feel like I’m doing something I’ve never done before. It’s not just music. It’s a soundscape. It’s kind of like flying around and listening to things with your eyes closed.”
There’s no questioning Young’s or Willie Nelson’s vitality these days. As guitarists, the aging stars remain among the most instantly indentifiable, from Nelson’s quivering chromatic runs on Trigger, his battered Martin nylon-string guitar, to Young’s manic vibrato solos on his 1953 Gibson Les Paul electric guitar known as “Old Black.”
“My dad is probably the most able-bodied almost 83-year-old that I’ve ever come across in this world,” Lukas said. “And I think Neil is the most able-bodied 70-year-old. I mean, he’s jumping up and down, playing 3½ hour sets like we play. He’s incredible.”
The Nelson brothers really try to go with the flow. That’s meant being patient with their bands, both Promise of the Real and Micah’s trippier Insects vs. Robots, as they do gigs with Young that, Lukas said, “feel like family.” In May, Promise of the Real will tour to support its new album, “Something Real,” and then it’s off to Europe with Young.
“You just do what feels right in every moment. And it feels right to play with Neil, and it feels right, every chance that I can, to play with my dad,” Lukas said.
At last year’s all-star tribute to their dad, who was the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the brothers performed “Living in the Promised Land” with him.
There was a real tenderness and sweetness there at the Library of Congress gig — up to a point.
“We just go out there and do it,” Lukas said. “Dad’s never been one for pow-wows, and neither have we. We just kind of let the spirit take us and trust that it’s gonna come out good.”
That goes for the Young concerts, which start out with Young solo on acoustic guitar for a few songs and then build from there.
But that could change.
“That’s just how it’s been. It could be completely different next time we get on the stage,” Lukas said, explaining that each night’s set is drawn from a list of about 80 songs the band had to learn. The shows run long because “it’s rock ’n’ roll,” he said.
“I love playing his music. It’s like playing my own music … because I’ve been so close to his music for so long. Playing those songs is just — there’s nothing better. It’s like playing with my dad, in a way, because I grew up with it so deeply. It’s part of this crazy dream.”
Lukas Nelson sang “Forget About Georgia” Live at the GQ Artist House 2016 in Austin, TX with Jam in the Van. The song is on the new Promise of the Real Album.
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Check out Lukas Nelson’s other videos from this session!
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Shooter Jennings and Lukas Nelson are playing an acoustic show tomorrow, Wednesday night, in Fort Worth, at Lola’ Saloon,
2736 W 6th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
“Lola’s Is Quite Simply, the Coolest Venue in Town”
– Fort Worth Weekly, March 2014