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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Tour

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

photo: Stewart Levine

Jul 15 Knuckleheads Kansas City, MO
Jul 16 The Verve Terre Haute, IN
Jul 17 Stones Fest w/ Best Fest Ever
New Orleans, LA
Jul 18 Club Helsinki Hudson, NY
Jul 19 Solar Fest Tinmouth, VT
Jul 26 Jeezum Crow Festival Jay,
Jul 27 Surf Lodge Montauk, NY
Jul 29 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 30 Levoy Theatre Millville, NJ
Jul 31 World Cafe Live – Upstairs Philadelphia, PA
Aug 01 Jammin Java Vienna, VA
Aug 02 Arch Street Tavern Hartford, CT
Aug 03 Nantucket Music Festival Nantucket, MA
Aug 08 Wild West Saloon West Yellowstone, MT
Aug 09 Magic CIty Blues Festival Billings, MT
Aug 12 Gerald Ford Amphitheater Vail, CO
Aug 13 Seal Beach Summer Concert Seal Beach, CA
Aug 15 Troubadour West Hollywood, CA
Aug 16 Fender Museum Corona, CA
Aug 19 Ukiah Brewing Co Ukiah, CA
Aug 21 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
Aug 22 Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA
Aug 23 Gleason Fest Spokane, WA
Aug 24 Whiskey Jaques Ketchum,
Aug 29 Belly Up Solana Beach, CA
Aug 30 Front Porch Music Festival Livermore, CA
Nov 16 Simple Man Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nov 17 Simple Man Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nov 18 Simple Man Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nov 19 Simple Man Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nov 20 Simple Man Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real @ John Varvatos’ “Farm On! Hoedown” Benefit Concert (7/18/14)

Friday, July 11th, 2014


Friends of the Farmer Hudson Valley Food Lovers Festival is a Series of Summer Events starting in bountiful July and culminating at the peak of the harvest season in the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York.

Each event raises awareness about the importance of food choices; educates consumers about what is being produced within the region; provides an opportunity to celebrate and meet the real stars of the food world – the farmers– and raises funds for the FarmOn! Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity.

By celebrating, reveling, eating, drinking, dancing and playing at FarmOn! events, guests forge new friendships, learn more about your local farming community, and help support the economic development of local family farms. FarmOn! also inspires youth to pursue careers in agriculture and continue the important legacy of local farming with succession planning fostering the entrepreneurial spirit at the farm.

Attend any one or more of our events and become a Friend of the Farmer in what promises to be our best year yet!

Join Lukas Nelson, help support Music Heals International, and music education in Haiti

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Hey Everyone!

I’m reaching out to my friends and music fans everywhere to help me raise $25,000 for our new non-profit, Music Heals International – we provide music education, instruments and concerts for Haiti’s children – our fall program begins October 2014 and runs through Summer 2015.

Everyone who donates at least $20, beginning July 1st and ending on September 1st, will be entered to win an acoustic guitar signed by Bob Weir and RatDog 2014.

The guitar will also be personally autographed to the winner by Bob Weir. The more times you donate the better your chances are to win this one-of-a-kind guitar!

You are entered to win each time you donate! So donate as many times as you can! Here is the link to donate and instructions on starting your own fundraising campaign for an even better chance of winning!

Much love and thanks!

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real

Saturday, July 5th, 2014


Thank you, Dallas Wayne, for sharing this photo.

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson

Friday, June 27th, 2014


Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson, Farm Aid

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

photo by: Alan Henrichsmeyer

Johnny Depp sits in with Willie Nelson & Family in Boston (6/17/14)

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014


@JohnnyDeppNews @jdeppitalia @willienelson @Linda_Colo Fun night!

Johnny Depp sat in with Willie Nelson and family at their show in Boston last night.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in NC (6/13/14)

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
by:  Leena Dbouk
For Lukas Nelson, following in his father’s footsteps seemed almost natural.Facts

Want to go?

Who: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival main stage, Harmon Field, Tryon, N.C.
Tickets: $8
Info: 828-859-7427

From a young age, Nelson was exposed to all sorts of terrific music courtesy of his father, who also introduced him first-hand to some of the world’s most famous musicians. At this point, it’s worth noting that his dad is the legendary Willie Nelson.

So imagine the soulful voice of Willie Nelson mixed with the rock music of Tom Petty and Neil Young and the jazz of Django Reinhardt, and you’ll get an idea of the sound created by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Lukas Nelson and POTR will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday on the main stage of the Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival in Tryon, N.C.

The peculiar name of Lukas Nelson’s band came from listening to and being inspired by the music of Young.

“The feelings and inspiration we got from his music is what led us to the name Promise of the Real,” Nelson said. “Neil is authentic. I love the concept of being real rather than perfect.

“People in the music industry are so focused on being perfect; they pay tons of money to sound perfect. Everyone has a dark and a light side, (and) real music is like that. It’s not perfect.”

Much of Lukas Nelson’s music focuses on the authentic. Everything from the instrumentation to the lyrics is simple and intended to move people to thought and experience.

“There are so many variables in a song,” he said. “I write about what I’m feeling, thinking or experiencing. It takes me a half an hour to write a song. I try not to overthink it. I just let it happen.”

Nelson attributes much of who he is today to his father.

Willie Nelson “is the biggest musical influence, not only musically, but also as a person,” he said. “He lives his life in a good way, if there can be a good way.”

Despite having a famous father, Lukas Nelson has made his own way through the music industry. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t look to his dad as a source of inspiration and admiration.

“I admire Dad’s ability to engage and connect to the audience,” Lukas Nelson said. “He really relates to them through his stage presence and his writing as well. There’s a lot to appreciate about him. He speaks to people on so many levels.”

After dropping out of college and being inspired by the life of the Buddha, Lukas Nelson left the comfortable life he had known as Willie Nelson’s son to experience the life of a man who had nothing but his friends, his car and the clothes on his back.

“I see parallels between everyone and the Buddha and Christ,” Lukas Nelson said. “They were both teaching against this separatist idea. You know Christ called people to follow the kingdom of heaven, not him. Leaving everything behind hasn’t really changed me.

“But it has made me more aware that things are the way they’re supposed to be and to accept that without trying to make everything right. Good and evil will always exist together; you can’t have one without the other. If people accept that, there would be a lot less anxiety.”

Music has always been Lukas Nelson’s life from the moment he was born to the time a guitar was put into his hand. But, while speaking from a golf course, he said that sports would be his other career path if not for music.

“I was on the swim team as a kid. I was pretty good at freestyle, and I loved butterfly,” Lukas Nelson said. “I wanted to go into the Olympics. I also played on the soccer team. I guess I would’ve been an athlete of some sort. Music and sports aren’t polar opposites. They’re very similar; they both have a rhythm.

“At the end of the day, music is something that I do. Music is the world. We are all a collection of vibrating atoms that emit a frequency.”


Lukas Nelson, Farm Aid 2013

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Lukas Nelson gets air at Farm Aid 2013. #tbt

Photo thanks to Farm Aid

Rising Sons: Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson featured in Austin Man Magazine

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

rising sons
by:  By Steve Uhler





Rising out of their fathers’ shadows, four talented young musicians come in to their own.

By Steve Uhler



It’s called the Julian Lennon Syndrome— a peculiar malady visited on the sons of famous musicians. Symptoms include critics and audiences compulsively comparing the talents of the sons to the fathers. Notable cases include Julian and Sean Lennon, Ziggy Marley, and Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, twin sons of the late Ricky Nelson. Coincidently, it also afflicts another pair of siblings named Nelson: Lukas and Micah, heirs apparent to the kingdom of their dad, Willie.

On this particular day, the brothers are in a festive, rambunctious mood. It’s their dad’s 81st birthday, and later they’ll be celebrating by playing with him at his annual birthday party-cum-concert at The Backyard. Right now, though, they’re setting up shots at a photo shoot. Mugging, wrestling and trading quips, they’re driving the photographer to distraction, but having a good time.

Though only two years apart, Lukas and Micah Nelson don’t appear much alike. Twenty-five-year-old Lukas is compact and muscular, with a finely chiseled face and easygoing but outwardly wary demeanor that can effectively stave off the curious. When he speaks, the unmistakable inflections and twangs of his father’s voice pepper his conversation.

Younger brother Micah is tall and wiry, loose-limbed and loquacious with no discernible accent when he speaks, which he does with exceptional articulation and candor. On the surface, no one would assume they were brothers. Until someone brings up the subject of their dad. Then they blend in to one protective entity.

“I rarely tell people who I am ’cause it seems to make people act differently,” Lukas says. “I don’t mind introducing people to my father if they’re my friends, but I’m very protective of my family, of my dad’s privacy and my own.”

“There’s a lot of mosquitoes in the world,” Micah says. “It’s a small fraction of humanity, but when my brother and I were growing up in that world, we realized that when we met new people, it was better to have them get to know us for who we are, and respect and appreciate us as individuals before they knew who our family was. If our last name falls in to the picture, then a lot of times, there’s an agenda behind it. There’s a lot of fake people surrounding the music industry and entertainment business in general, people who just want to suck your blood and get what they can out of you.”

Both brothers are keenly aware of the unique position of having Willie Nelson as a father.


“I wouldn’t say he’s a textbook parent,” Micah says. “But he’s the greatest dad that anyone could ever have. Just by growing up around him and observing how he interacts with people and how he carries himself, the respect he shows for people and having that example to live by. He’s the best.”

“We have a family rule, which is don’t be an asshole. If you can master that, you’ll have a good time being alive,” Micah says.

“Our family doesn’t live the same way a lot of people do in terms of the kind of traditional values that some people would impose on others,” Lukas says. “We really believe that caring for others is the most important thing in the world. We forgive each other a lot of mistakes that we make because we understand that everybody’s got a light and a dark side, and those who pretend they don’t have a dark side are controlled by it. It’s the yin/yang thing. They both work together.”

The brothers were raised together, often spending summers on the road with their dad.

“We did a couple of tours with Bob Dylan,” Micah recounts. “My brother had picked up a guitar when he was about 10. I was younger, so I figured, ‘Well, I guess I’ll play drums.’ I was his rhythm section, basically. We learned by jamming with each other. That was a lot of our musical education, learning through observation and playing with each other.”

As time passed, each developed his own unique vision and talents, though they still collaborate frequently. Both brothers understand the slippery slope of celebrity, their father’s and their own.

“Whatever anybody thinks about me—or anybody else in the limelight—I’d caution them that you never truly know who they are; you never truly know why they do what they do,” Lukas says. “Like Miley Cyrus, for example. Everybody gives her a bad time. Nobody knows her the way she knows herself. When you’re in front of everybody, you’re never going to be safe from criticism. That’s just how it is. We’ve learned to deal with it.”

The two brothers’ respective artistic pursuits reflect their differences. Lukas is drawn to the grittier side of blues and country, and his finely honed guitar chops owe more than a little to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. He wrote his first song at 11, You Were It, which impressed his father so much that he recorded it. His band, Promise of the Real, has built a solid rep with audiences, tours constantly and has appeared on numerous late-night shows, including a memorable appearance on Letterman when Lukas’ glasses went flying off his head in mid-flail.

“I didn’t have ’em on tight enough,” he confesses. “Maybe I should’ve taped ’em to my head.”

38_lukas2His early recordings came under occasionally snarky fire from critics, who accused him of dabbling in different genres. Lukas is unfazed.

“That’s kind of how I am,” he says. “I don’t like to be in one genre. I have no boundaries. The sky’s the limit. I’ve got 100 songs that I haven’t released or recorded yet, and they’re all in different styles.”

He lives to tour, calling the road his home.

“I’m in it for the rush, really,” he says candidly. “The rush of playing for people. It doesn’t matter if it’s 300 or 30,000, it’s the same. When the energy is flowing back and forth and everybody’s jumping up and down and dancin’…it’s like riding a big wave. Rock ’n’ roll, that’s what I love.”

While Lukas embraces the rowdier side of the musical spectrum, Micah is at once more introspective and diversified, taking his considerable talents beyond traditional song templates, incorporating animation, art, video and film in to his palette. His website is more of an interactive museum than a marketing tool, incorporating samples of his work. His animation and video work are particularly arresting, with surreal shades reminiscent of Edward Gorey and David Lynch.

“My mom will tell you some of the stuff I used to draw as a kid freaked her out,” he admits. “She brought in psychiatrists, thinking I may turn in to Jeffrey Dahmer or something. And they were like, ‘No, he’s just a creative dude. He’s OK.’ ”

His music is abstract and impressionistic, more informed by Brian Eno than Johnny Cash, and light years removed from his dad and brother’s. He’s also incredibly prolific, with a musical output that far outpaces his dad’s and his sibling’s, both as a solo artist and founder of his touring band, Insects vs. Robots. (When he tours alone, he’s sometimes billed as Particle Kid.) As a boy, he was heavily influenced by movie soundtracks.

“When I was in middle school, I’d get those CDs and be sitting at the bus stop listening to this music and seeing entire films inside my head,” Micah says.

Micah doesn’t place one artistic outlet above the others.

“To me, they’re all kind of one and the same thing,” he says. “They all inform each other and complement each other. I’ll see a film or painting and I’ll have an entire concept album pop in to my head. Or I’ll hear a musical piece and a whole body of paintings will come to me. They’re symbiotically linked together, and I’m always trying to explore different ways to explore those links, just trying to find the links between all of our senses, the way we’re receiving and putting out information. They’re all from the same place somehow.”

Therein lies the key link in the Nelson brothers: the desire to explore new means of artistic expression, whether through a shredding guitar solo or a surreal film of seemingly random images. Lukas and Micah Nelson are taking their own paths on their own terms, just like their father did.

“My dad, to me, is like a f**king superhero,” Micah says. “His whole story of doing it his way and succeeding. I make much different music from my dad—from different worlds almost—but at the same time, I connect with him on a much different level because we’re both doing what makes sense to us, regardless of anyone’s expectations or what the end goal is. The end goal is right now.”


Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, “Just Breathe” (Farm Aid 2012)

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in Chico TONIGHT!

Friday, May 30th, 2014


Full Moon Full Life Concert @ Back Yard Amphitheater, Austin (May 20, 2014)

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Paula Nelson, Amy Nelson and Shooter Jennings

Thank you Janis Tillerson for sharing these photos from the Full Moon Full Life fundraising concert on May 20th at the Backyard Live Oak Amphitheater outside of Austin.  The concert, hosted by Jessi Colter and son Shooter Jennings, was held to celebrate Waylon Jennings and Hank Cochran and benefiting pancreatic cancer research through the Nikki Mitchell Foundation featured Jamey Johnson, Paula Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Amy Nelson,  Ray Benson, Cody Canada, Waylon Payne, members of Whiskey Myers and more.

For more information about about the Nikki Mitchell Foundation visit their website:

Shooter Jennings and Jessi Colter

Shooter Jennings, Lukas Nelson, Jamey Johnson.



“Full Moon, Full Life” concert celebrating Waylon Jennings and Hank Cochran and benefitting pancreatic cancer research at The Backyard Live Oak Amphitheatre on May 20, featuring Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings Official, Ray Benson, Cody Canada, Lukas Nelson, Official Paula Nelson Band, Waylon Payne, members of Whiskey Myers and more.


Pick of the day: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Guitar Picks

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014



Guthrie Thomas released pictures of these new guitar picks.   Good news for fans, you can get yours at the band’s website:

Support the fight against Pancreatic Cancer; Get your ticket to the Full Moon Full Life Concert tonight

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014


Can’t make it to tonight’s concert at the BackYard?  You can still buy a ticket, to support the cause, even if you can’t make it to Texas:

Jamey Johnson, Jessi Colter and Shooter Jennings will headline the first annual Full Moon Full Life concert series on Tuesday, May 20 in Austin, Texas at The Backyard Live Oak Amphitheatre. They will be joined by several of their Texas friends, Lukas Nelson, Cody Canada, Ray Benson, Paula Nelson, Waylon Payne and more.

The live auction begins at 7:00 p.m, with the concert immediately following. Tickets are priced at $35.00 and can be purchased at or Proceeds from the concert and auction will benefit the The Nikki Mitchell Foundation which raises funds and awareness to prevent, detect and cure Pancreatic Cancer.

The theme for this year’s Full Moon Full Life event in Austin will be “A Night Of Influence, A Celebration of Waylon Jennings and Hank Cochran.” Waylon, who died in February 2003, will be inducted into the Texas Songwriter’s Hall of Fame later this year, making this event an early celebration for the occasion. Hank Cochran, who died of Pancreatic Cancer in 2010, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this month.

The foundation’s namesake, Nikki Mitchell passed away in July 2013 of pancreatic cancer. She served as President and CEO of Waylon Jennings’ music for more than 23 years. During her tenure there, she made history of her own with the Bridge of Wings flight in 1998, where she circumnavigated the northern hemisphere as co-captain in a single engine aircraft. In December 2010, Nikki was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Taking the bull by the horns she consulted with renowned medical professionals around the country and her zeal for life throughout her 31-month battle never diminished.

Pancreatic Cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States and is expected to become the 2nd leading cause of cancer death by 2020. Research for the disease receives only 2% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget. Nikki’s last dream was to save others from the devastating disease of pancreatic cancer, leading to the formation of the foundation.