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Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real in Pioneertown, CA (8/13/15)

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015


story and photos:  Guillermo Prieto/

There was so much buzz surrounding the Pappy and Harriet’s indoor show by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real that the crew cleared as much space in the adobe music venue as possible.

Of course, there was the normal droning on social media about how Pappy’s should have moved the show outside, where there’s more space. Never mind that it was hot as hell, plus the logistics of an outdoor show are immense.

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, aka POTR, started performing live in 2008. One reason for all the buzz: Lukas Nelson is the son of Willie Nelson, and he has toured with his father.

One of his major influences is Neil Young. Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real played on Neil Young’s 36th album, The Monsanto Years, and POTR just wrapped up a tour with Young. This may explain the demographic shift at Pappy’s that suggested some in attendance might have seen Buffalo Springfield live while in their teens. Even my hemp-fedora-wearing consigliore friend, who believes all music died when the Beatles left Candlestick Park, was in attendance.


Micah Nelson

The show was a family affair, with Insects v. Robots opening, with Micah Nelson, Lucas’ brother, at the helm. Insects v. Robots is a trippy band that jams the hell out of every tune while mixing genres and having a blast. At one point, Micah asked Lukas to join the set—but he was nowhere to be found, so Micah asked for help from the audience; a brunette with Catherine Wheel and Phil Collins tattoos volunteered to go bang on the tour-bus door. As they say, the show must go on, and Insects v. Robots got everyone harmonizing to the psychedelic vibe. On several occasions, Micah Nelson asked with a smirk: “Does anyone have any questions?”

Joshua Tree’s favorite cowgirl, Jesika Von Rabbit, was briefly front and center to get a picture of Lukas Nelson. POTR opened with a greeting from Lukas: “How are you guys doing? … I think I have a lot of friends here.” Nelson seems not cocky, but cool, when he smiles; he has natural charisma.

POTR’s set included “Don’t Take Me Back,” a authentic song about a breakup: “I was sittin’ in my daddy’s car, with a joint in both of my hands, smokin’ ’til the smoke wouldn’t stop, and the windows roll down, and I’m rolling around in my mind.” Lukas included a cover of “L.A. Woman” by the Doors that was an excellent way to showcase the band’s skills, before switching genres several times, with music including “Diamonds on the Soles of Your Shoes” by Paul Simon. In a nod to “Uncle Neil,” POTR included “Cowgirl in the Sand.”

Nelson guitar skills were hypnotic; at one point, he played the guitar with his mouth as he kneeled on the stage.

POTR was getting ready to head out the side door—until a chant of “five more songs!” started from frenzied fans. To pump up the audience, Lukas turned out an excellent cover of “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones. Then he remarked: “This is a song we wrote a while ago, ‘The Joint.’”

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real showed why they more than held their own onstage with Willie Nelson and Neil Young.

As the show ended, I bumped into Jesika Von Rabbit at the bar. She was excited that her favorite Neil Young song had been played.


Willie Nelson for John Varvatos

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Willie Nelson in black and white, by Danny Clinch

by:  Chris Jordan

Who’s that handsome man in the aviator shades and the John Varvatos jacket?

Why, it’s Willie Nelson, sporting a new look thanks to the eye of Toms River photographer/filmmaker Danny Clinch.

Nelson, 80, and sons Lukas and Micah were photographed and filmed for a John Varvatos ad campaign in Des Moines by Clinch during the summer.

The campaign, called Willie Nelson and Sons, highlights the Varvatos fall and winter line. Full-page ads showing Nelson as photographed by Clinch have appeared this fall in magazines like Vanity Fair and Vogue.

“We went out to Des Moines, and we caught him on the road,” Clinch said. “The tour bus pulled up in front of the location we were shooting at, and there’s an Indian painted on the side of the bus, and the Red Headed Stranger comes out. I think the beauty for me was to capture him with his boys.”

The fashion campaign’s short film, available at, is directed by Clinch and features the three Nelsons performing “Still is Still Moving to Me.”

“Willie doesn’t have to do anything he doesn’t want to do, and he loved the idea about him and his family,” Clinch said. “He’s about family and loyalty to the people of his inner circle. When we pitched the idea about his sons, he was pretty psyched.”

Clinch, an acclaimed rock photographer who has worked with numerous celebrities and musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, has done more than a dozen Varvatos campaigns, featuring Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Page and Gary Clark Jr., the Roots, Cheap Trick and more.

Nelson, whose usual fashion attire includes a bandana and denim, also used one of Clinch Varvatos photos for the cover of his new album, “To All the Girls…”

“Willie was really into the photos we took, and he liked the way he looked,” Clinch said.

Neil Young and Promise of the Real Announce Fall Rebel Content Tour Schedule

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

by:  Alex Hudson

Neil Young and his backing band the Promise of the Real recently issued their politically charged album The Monsanto Years, and now they’ve announced plans to spread their anti-corporate message with a North American fall tour.

The relatively modest outing runs through the first half of October. It favours the western half of the continent, and includes a number of shows along the Pacific Coast including an appearance at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 5.

All told, the group have 11 shows booked. See the itinerary below.

For a taste of what the band sound like live, watch the hour-long performance film for The Monsanto Years at the bottom of the page.

Tour dates:

10/01 Missoula, MT – Adams Event Center
10/02 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
10/04 Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
10/05 Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/07 Portland, OR – Earle Chiles Center
10/08 Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
10/10 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
10/11 Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
10/13 La Jolla, CA – RIMAC Arena
10/14 Inglewood, CA – Forum
10/17 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley

“I got rug burns from the POTR” — Mary Jane Lane

Sunday, August 16th, 2015



Music lover and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real fan Mary Jane Lane (if that’s her real name), saw Lukas Nelson & Family in Concert in California, and posted this report.  TMI?  .

“I got rug burns from POTR
Leaning on that nasty stage carpet gave me rug burns on my arms.” — MJL

The kids are all right! kids of rockers keep on rocking

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Ten Sons and Daughters of Rock Worth a Listen
by: Steve Brennan

On September 10, the legend of Frank Zappa lives on as his son Dweezil brings the ferociously grinding grooves and surrealist lyrical musings of his father to Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room. Dweezil is currently leading the band Zappa Plays Zappa around the country, playing some of his dad’s albums in their gloriously maniacal entirety alongside a few choice cuts from his back catalog.


Frank Zappa created the kind of music that changed lives, creating thousands of converts to the wonderful, wild, and weird world of his seminal band, the Mothers of Invention. Dweezil’s take on the music will allow many fans to experience classics like “Penguins in Bondage,” “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow,” and “Cosmic Debris” live for the first time. Frank Zappa would have been 75 this year; what better way to celebrate than head down to the Culture Room.

Dweezil isn’t the only one to follow in his parent’s shoes and dive into the music world. It’s certainly not as easy as it sounds. The likes of Jaden Smith prove that having talented parents does not buy you talent or instant respect. Here’s a list of offspring of celebrated artists who, while not (yet) outdoing their parents, are certainly worth your time:

Lukas Nelson/ Willie Nelson

Read entire article here: and read about the other rocker’s rocking kids. 


Neil Young’s letter to Promise of the Real

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

“Thanks to Promise of the Real for making this tour such a wonderful experience in my life.

I love all the bands I have played with, but this band (and the multi generational thing) is epic!

The ?#?RebelContentTour? was an experience I will never forget.  Once in a lifetime.

The guys, Lukas, Micah, Corey, Tony and Tato are the greatest!

Amazing how easy and natural it was to rock on the old songs and the brand new ones – from Cortez to Big Box, from Wolf Moon to Out On The Weekend.”

— Neil Young

Neil Young and Promise of the Real Guitar Pick

Friday, July 24th, 2015


“I sent these up to Lukas, POTR, and Neil also…  They did not know they were coming in the package, Christmas arrives early in my neck of the woods…
Have a great and safe weekend..!”

— Guthrie

Neil Young and Promise of the Real in concert tonight!

Friday, July 24th, 2015


Canadians, here’s your chance to see the Rebel Content show!  You are in for a treat.


Neil Young + Promise of the Real / Sam Smith / Kendrick Lamar / alt-J / Modest Mouse / Hozier / Bassnectar / The Decemberists / Passion Pit / Brandon Flowers / St. Vincent / Girl Talk / Vance Joy / Future Islands / The Sheepdogs / Run The Jewels / Odesza / The Gaslight Anthem / Walk the Moon / Kaytranada / Hey Rosetta! / G-Eazy / Sylvan Esso / Danny Brown / Cold War Kids / Manchester Orchestra / Courtney Barnett / The Rural Alberta Advantage / Big K.R.I.T. / July Talk / Timber Timbre / The Lone Bellow / Django Django / Fucked Up / The Growlers / Thousand Foot Krutch / METZ / Alvvays / Yukon Blonde / Sloan / Delta Spirit / Broods / Rhiannon Giddens / How To Dress Well / SZA / Viet Cong / Com Truise / Dwayne Gretzky / Chad VanGaalen / Broncho / Slow Magic / Bear Mountain / Evening Hymns / Lowell / The Highest Order / Dear Rouge / Highs / Brave Shores / Kevin Garrett / Weaves / Ascot Royals / The Beaches / Tomi

Neil Young and Promise of the Real Guitar Picks

Monday, July 20th, 2015


Beautiful new guitar picks from Guthrie Thomas, and

Thanks, Guthrie, they are beautiful.

“A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop”, Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Tato Melgar, Anthony Logerfo, and Corey McCormick (Camden, NJ 7/16/15)

Friday, July 17th, 2015

One of the songs from Neil Young and Promise of the Real’s epic 3 1/2 hour show last night @Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ 7/16/15. Thanks to Rick McGraw for posting this video.

Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Neil Young: On Tour!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
by: Gary Graff

As Willie Nelson’s son, Lukas Nelson grew up with Neil Young around and feeling like “family.”

But he and the other members of his band, including younger brother and fellow guitarist Micah, are still pinching themselves about backing Young on his new politically charged new album, “The Monsanto Years,” and being on the road with the iconoclastic rocker this summer.

“It’s pretty incredible. It’s epic,” Nelson, 26, says by phone from the group’s tour bus. “I feel like there’s a natural flow between us, and that’s really nice. He’s a good friend and we look up to him, and it feels like we’re getting an experience that is beyond rare.”

It also brings things full circle for Nelson and Promise of the Real.

The group actually took its name from a lyric in Young’s song “Walk On.” Nelson met drummer Anthony Logerto at a Young concert during 2008 in Los Angeles and decided to start the group after that.

“I remember seeing (Young) playing there and just wanting to be out on that stage so badly and jamming like that,” Nelson recalls. “We started the band after that, based on our love for Neil. We would just jam Neil Young songs. I was writing a lot and we would play our own material, but Neil was a huge influence as well as my dad, Stevie Ray Vaughan, (Jimi) Hendrix.

“Now here we are, eight years later, still doing it — with Neil.”

Music, of course, was inextricably in Nelson and Micah’s DNA. A Christmas Day baby born in Texas to Nelson and his current wife, Annie, he was raised partly in Hawaii and moved to Los Angeles in 2007 study at Loyola Marymount University. He’d started playing guitar when he was 12, but remembers that “before I started playing music I wanted to be a professional swimmer, and then I got into skateboarding and was pretty good at that — but not good enough. Music just captured me, and I flew away and didn’t think about anything else.”

Promise of the Real has released two albums — 2010’s self-titled debut and 2012’s “Wasted” — as well as an EP, and has recorded a third, “Something Real,” that’s due out later this year. Lukas also played on his father’s 2012 release “Heroes” and frequently plays in his live band. “He’s very good,” Willie Nelson says of his son. “He’s got that young, fresh energy but he knows the tradition, too.”

Lukas, meanwhile, affirms that “any chance I get, I love being with my dad.”

“That’s the greatest feeling in the world, being up there with him. There’s nothing comparable to that — even being out here with Neil, which is the greatest experience in my life, in some ways. But it’s just a different feeling being up there with dad and supporting him.”

Promise of the Real’s connection with Young started with a impromptu performance with Lukas and Micah at last September’s Farm Aid concert. Young tapped the full band shortly after that to play with him at the Harvest Of Hope concert in Nebraska protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Backing Young at his annual Bridge School Benefit concerts the next month in California locked in the relationship, and then Lukas received an email from Young saying, “‘I got some songs. Do you want to go in the studio?’ We said ‘sure,’ so we spent six weeks doing that, and it came out great.”

Nelson says he and Promise of the Real are in total sympathy with the “Monsanto Years” slams against corporate greed, which single out Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Safeway and, of course, the Monsanto agrochemical company, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and Citizens United. But they’ve also been happy hitting the road and dipping deep into Young’s catalog, playing rarities such as “Hold Back the Tears” and “Out in the Wasteland” as well as Buffalo Springfield’s “Flying On the Ground is Wrong.”

All told, Nelson figures Promise of the Real learned nearly 80 of Young’s songs, rehearsing on its own for a solid week and a half before it even got in a room with Young.

“It’s amazing to be playing these older tunes and stuff he hasn’t done in years,” Nelson notes. “We all have a lot of reverence for Neil and are just in general awe. But I feel like the vibe out here is just perfect.

“They’re Neil’s tunes. He wrote them all. We’re going out there and just trying to be the best supporting band we can be. It’s a really great thing for us. We’re learning so much. We’re just trying to absorb all the knowledge that we can, and hopefully we’ll get to do it again.”

Gary Graff is a longtime Detroit-area music critic and rock and roll reporter. Reach the author at or follow Gary on Twitter: @GraffonMusic.

Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, and Promise of the Real at Red Rocks (July 8, 2015)

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

photo: Janis Tillerson

Thanks so much to Janis Tillerson for her great photos of last night’s show at Red Rocks, with Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Tato Melgar, Anthony LoGerfo and Corey McCormick at Red Rocks. What a great show! It rained most of the day, until about 8:30, right before Neil and the band came on. It was cold, but we all warmed up when they started their set. They played for three hours. Old favorites, and new albums off new Monsanto Years album.









Happy 239th Birthday, America

Friday, July 3rd, 2015
Lukas Autry Nelson's photo.
Lukas Nelson

“The Monsanto Years” — Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

by:  Bill Lamb

Backed by Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah of Promise of the Real, The Monsanto Years sounds much like many of Neil Young’s best-loved albums with Crazy Horse.

At age 69, the legendary singer-songwriter is still angry about injustices in the world, with attacks on chemical giant Monsanto and its genetically modified foods along with other corporations like Starbucks and Wal-mart. Not a happy message, but the heavy rock has the melodic crunch long-term fans of Neil Young will love.

Neil Young and the Promise of the Real will close Summerfest 2015 as Marcus Amphitheater headliners on July 5.



Take Me Gnome! Micah Nelson and Insects v Robots Summer Tour Dates Announced

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Micah Nelson




Insects vs Robots are hitting the road this summer up the west coast… come hear the new tunes we’ve been recording for the last several months…

We’ll be opening for our friends Tinariwen from north Africa in Seattle, Vancouver and Los Angeles!!

July 29 Petaluma, CA – Zodiacs Petaluma
July 30 Fairfax, CA – 19 Broadway Bar & Night Club
July 31 Arcata, CA – The Jambalaya Arcata
August 1 Medford, OR – Johnny B’s
August 2 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
August 3 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre with Tinariwen
August 4 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater – with Tinariwen
August 5 Ashland, OR – Club 66
August 6 San Rafael CA – Terrapin Crossroads
August 7 San Francisco, CA –Outside Lands Music Festival
August 8 San Francisco, CA -Outside Lands Music Festival
August 9 San Francisco, CA -Outside Lands Music Festival
August 14 Long Beach, CA – Golden Sails
August 18 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent with Tinariwen
August 21 Venice Beach, CA – Townhouse & The Del Monte

Stay tuned to this page for more details!