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New Brantly Gilbert Album, with Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Colt Ford, “Welcome to Hazeville”

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Willie’s Kids

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Willie Nelson, Micah Nelson, Lukas Nelson at Maui Country Club (January 28, 2018)

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

The first show put on by the Maui Country Club went off without a hitch.  It was AMAZING!  On January 28th, Lukas, Micah and Willie played with their band Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real (POTR) under the stars on the Makai Lawn for an enthusiastic crowd of club members and their guests. 

Lukas Nelson at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Music Festival

Sunday, April 7th, 2019
Lukas Nelson with Toby Lee at opening night of Indian Wells Tennis Garden music festival. Photo: Marc Glassman
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by: Bruce Fessier

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The annual music festival at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden has had five different names or title sponsors in the past five years. But this weekend’s Wedbush Garden Jam will be remembered as a shred fest.

Some of the most brilliant guitarists in rock and blues, including Lukas Nelson of Promise of the Real, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Jimmie Vaughan (older brother of Stevie Ray) and Buddy Guy, an eight-time Grammy Award-winning blues legend, put on a fireworks show Friday and Saturday after local guitarists Kal David and John Carey showed they can hold their own with any gunslinger coming to town.

A star for much of the weekend was Toby Lee, a 14-year-old British guitarist who has been called “a future superstar of the blues” by Joe Bonamassa.

Lee, who is appearing on Peter Frampton’s next album, played both evenings on a second stage with David, Carey and session guitarist “Mic Dangerously” De La Torre.

Nelson brought Lee to the main stage Friday night to play Stevie Ray Vaughan’s blues classic, “Flooding Down in Texas,” which Nelson turned into a highlight of the 2017 Stagecoach festival when he played it with his dad, Willie Nelson. This time, Lee proved an equal partner to the 30-year-old Nelson by not trying to upstage him, but just listening for ideas to bounce back. They both got a standing ovation.

But Nelson elevated his game on his next song, “Set Me Down On A Cloud.” It didn’t call for a scorching guitar solo, like “Flooding Down in Texas,” but Nelson added a beautiful, evocative solo that was simply inspiring.

His set delivered on the promise of the real music he’s been playing with his band for a dozen years. Nelson opened with “Come Live the Simple Life,” which featured a Neil Young-styled attacking guitar solo and a plaintive vocal showing his genetic heritage as well as the influence of playing as Young’s back-up band. He also displayed Willie’s finger-picking guitar style on the equally expository “Just Outside of Austin.”

Lukas explained how he came up with the guitar intro on the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga song, “Shallow,” for which he gave most of the songwriting credit to Mark Ronson’s “team.” Then Hunter Elizabeth came on to sing the Gaga part and, after a rough start, got to heaven on the high notes to give that beautiful song its due.

Nelson played a little hoe-down music on “Stay A Little Longer,” got the crowd to sing along on the catchy refrain to “Find Yourself” and had them absolutely silent for his “Turn Off the News,” in which he urged listeners to instead focus on raising their kids to be good people,” providing another example of his old soul. 

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson (Luck Reunion 2019)

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson with Steve Earle on SiriusXM radio

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Jeremy Tepper, Micah Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Steve Earle

Thank you, Janis from Texas for these pictures from SiriusXM Radio.

Dallas Wayne with Lukas Nelson

 

Friday, March 15th, 2019

People Magazine

“I started playing music so that I could get closer to my dayd,” the frontman for the country rock band Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Reas has said.  He also served as musical consultant for Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born.

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson cover Tom Petty

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at the Fillmore in San Francisco (May 31, 2019)

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019
Doors 8:00 p.m. // Show 9:00 p.m.
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Since forming 10 years ago, the buzz surrounding Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real has been quietly intensifying.  During that time, the 28-year old singer/songwriter/guitarist and his bandmates have played hundreds of shows and major festivals all over the world and built a devoted underground following.  Lukas’ profile continued to rise when he contributed three songs and heavenly vocals to his dad Willie Nelson’s 2012 album, Heroes, their voices blending with potent DNA. Then two years later, life took another turn skyward when Neil Young decided to make Promise of the Real his touring and studio band. Young has guided the grateful young musicians ever since as they’ve backed the legend on tour around the world and on his two most recent albums.

These experiences were undoubtedly invaluable, but none of what has come before will prepare you for the cosmic country soul of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, the band’s new, self-titled album, a mesmerizing, emotionally genuine, endlessly rewarding work set for release on Fantasy Records. From the epic “Set Me Down on a Cloud” to the climactic “If I Started Over,” the album delivers one sublime song and inspired performance after another.

“I knew I had a lot of good songs that transcended the cultural boundaries between rock & roll and country,” Lukas says of his vision for the album. “I wanted to get the songs as pure as they could be. We owe a lot to Neil; we made this record after coming off the road with him for two years. Neil’s been mentoring us, and we’ve been absorbing that energy, and I think it shows. We got acclimated to a different level of artistic expression. We’ve grown.”

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, produced by song-shaping specialist John Alagia (numerous Dave Matthews Band LPs, John Mayer’s Room for Squares) was recorded at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles. Promise of the Real’s six-piece line-up now includes longtime bandmates Tato Melgar (percussion), Anthony LoGerfo (drums) and Corey McCormick (bass, vocals) along with new members Jesse Siebenberg (steel guitars, Farfisa organ, vocals) and Alberto Bof (piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3).

Stefani “Lady Gaga” Germanotta (who convincingly plays the role of Bonnie to Lukas’ Delaney) added her signature vocals to the rousing “Carolina” and “Find Yourself,” while Jess Wolfe and Holly Lessig of the Brooklyn-based indie-pop duo Lucius provide backing vocals on five of the 12 tracks, evoking Exile on Main St.’s ecstatic, gospel-rooted harmonies.

The band’s many influences can be discerned in the opening track, “Set Me Down on a Cloud,” a soulful country rocker that features Lucius’ spiritual vocals and an extended solo underscores Lukas’ tasteful guitar virtuosity.

The lilting, pastoral “Just Outside of Austin” features a guitar solo from Willie, while Lukas’ 86-year-old Aunt Bobbi plays piano. “It’s a love letter to Austin, something like Roger Miller or Glen Campbell would write,” he said.

“Runnin’ Shine,” one of the album’s first-person character studies, is written from the perspective of a young moonshiner trying to outsmart the law while hurtling along Appalachian back roads in a souped-up car loaded with homemade booze. “Perspective is huge,” says Lukas. “If you’re able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and you can relate to them, it’s really hard to hate them, even if you don’t agree with how they live their life.”

Two of the album’s most breathtaking songs, “Find Yourself” and “Forget About Georgia,” vividly retrace the turbulent final stages and bittersweet aftermath of the same doomed love affair. “After the relationship ended, I had to play Ray Charles’ “Georgia on My Mind” every night when I was on the road with my dad, which made it literally impossible to forget about her.” Introduced by a wistful four-note guitar lick that reoccurs throughout the arrangement, “Forget About Georgia” unfolds to a “Layla”-like outpouring of romantic yearning, as the band stretches out behind Lukas’ emotional guitar soloing. Not surprisingly, it’s Young’s favorite song on the album.

Inspired by the big ballads of Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley, Lukas delivers a full-throttle vocal on the closing track, “If I Started Over,” at once a cosmic rumination and a rapturous expression of romantic devotion. “The song is asking, what if, after we die, we just come back? What if we have to do the same dream again until we learn the right lessons?

A seasoned veteran at 28, Austin-born Lukas grew up in Maui, while spending much of his time during school breaks in his hometown and on the road with his dad. “I had a lot of passions growing up,” he says. “I played soccer, I was on the swim team, living a Maui lifestyle, surfing and skateboarding. I also loved singing and wrote my first song when I was 11. I became obsessed with guitar, playing eight to 10 hours a day. I knew what I wanted to do from a super-young age, and I made my life about it.” He and his brother Micah played in bands together in high school, and they struck up a friendship with Uruguay-born Tato Melgar, a skilled musician then making his living as a landscaper, who taught the brothers the basics of drumming.

In 2007, Lukas headed to the mainland to attend L.A.’s Loyola Marymount University. A year later, after meeting LoGerfo at a Neil Young concert, he dropped out of school and started a band with LoGerfo, Melgar and original bassist Merlyn Kelly; he named it Promise of the Real, referencing a line in Young’s 1973 song “Walk On”: “Sooner or later it all gets real.” When McCormick joined two years later on bass, the POTR lineup was set. The band woodshedded; averaging more than 200 shows a year.  Drawing on Lukas’ lineage as well surrogate uncles like Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and the classic rock and roll of J.J. Cale, The Band, Clapton era Delaney and Bonnie and of course mentor Neil Young, they began to develop their own distinctive style of American music.

Young befriended the band after checking them out at Farm Aid several years back. “Neil got in touch after that, and we started talking by email,” Lukas recounts. “Eventually, he asked us to record with him. So we recorded The Monsanto Years and played some shows together, and we fell in love with each other musically, one thing led to another and we became Neil’s band.

“What’s happened with us feels similar to the career trajectory of The Band,” he continues. “They were already a great band when they started working with Dylan, who lifted them up, which is similar to what Neil’s done for us. He’s also given people a chance to hear what we’re doing and what our own songs have to offer. Then we played the Desert Trip with Neil, along with Paul McCartney, the Stones, the Who and Dylan. That was incredible.”

Those two weekends in Indio last October turned out to be extremely fortuitous. “We met Lucius at Desert Trip,” says Lukas. “They were playing with Roger Waters—and still are. Then they came to the Bridge School Benefit, where we really got to know them. I love Jess and Holly—they really enhance the record.”

Bradley Cooper also saw Lukas play at Desert Trip, and right afterward contacted a mutual friend about helping him on the new film he’s directing and starring in, a remake of A Star is Born. “At first I was just helping him out, and then I started writing with Stefani (Lady Gaga), who’s in the movie. We connected and she and I became really close. I got very involved in this film and ended up bringing the band into it as well.”

Coming of age in a celebrated musical family, Lukas Nelson learned early on that true originality is hard won, never given. Doubtlessly blessed with a measure of musical ability, it’s clear that his natural gifts have been honed by a singular devotion to craft and a deep appreciation for the sacrifice a creative life requires. Elated by the way things have come together so beautifully, Lukas is gratified that POTR have earned this moment and seized the opportunities that have led to this album—all perfectly capturing what he’d heard in his head 18 months earlier.

“It’s just amazing how things have flowed,” Lukas marvels. “It feels divine in a way.”

“Congratulations to the whole team” — “Shallow” wins Oscar

Monday, February 25th, 2019

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Lukas Nelson plays with Jennifer Lopez at Elvis Presley Tribute (Feb. 17, 2019)

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Lukas Nelson, Lady Gaga and Bradly Cooper win 2019 BAFTA Award

Sunday, February 10th, 2019


photo: Vivien Killilea

www.theboot.com
by:  Angela Stefano

Lukas Nelson is a 2019 BAFTA Awards winner! Along with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, the singer-songwriter earned the Best Original Music trophy, for his work on the A Star Is Born soundtrack.

>Cooper was in London on Sunday (Feb. 10) for the 2019 BAFTA Awards ceremony and accepted the honor for himself and his collaborators. Nelson did not attend, nor did Gaga.

“We won a BAFTA! Congrats to my amazing friends @ladygaga and Bradley Cooper, and to my amazing band @promiseoftherealofficial for creating something truly special!!” writes Nelson on Instagram. “Thank you for the recognition @bafta.

Adds Gaga, who is in Los Angeles, Calif., for the 2019 Grammy Awards, “I can’t believe we just won Best Original Music @BAFTA’s … We made a film about music. This means the world to me. Thank u to all our fans we love u so much, we wouldn’t be here without u.”

Nelson served as a musical consultant for the 2018 film. The fourth remake of the 1937 movie A Star Is Born stars Cooper and Gaga, but Nelson is also one of a number of country- and Americana-leaning artists who wrote songs for the soundtrack. Nelson has writing credits on seven of the movie’s songs, and he produced seven of the songs as well. In the film, Nelson also plays a member of Jackson Maine (played by Cooper)’s band.

Nelson, Cooper and Gaga’s A Star Is Born soundtrack competed for Best Original Music at the 2019 BAFTA Awards against the soundtracks from BlacKKKlansman (Terence Blanchard), If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell), Isle of Dogs (Alexandre Desplat) and Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman). A Star Is Born and its stars also earned nods in the Best Film, Leading Actor, Leading Actress, Director, Adapted Screenplay and Sound categories.

Also known as the EE British Academy Film Awards, the BAFTA Awards are organized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), an independent, arts-focused charity. A complete list of 2019 BAFTA Awards winners is available at BAFTA.org.

Saturday, February 9th, 2019


Dave Matthews, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, MicahNelson
photo:  @joeymartinez

Laughed a lot with these lovely humans last night during the 12th annual producers and engineers wing Grammy week celebration honoring the old man @willienelsonofficial .”
— Micah Nelson