Archive for the ‘Lukas Nelson’ Category

Willie Nelson Family Art

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Lukas, Willie, Raelyn

Lukas Nelson on Twitter

Friday, May 18th, 2018

“Dad’s in Nashville SOLD OUT at the  tonight.  I’ll be hangin around there too.”

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real on tour, in pictures

Monday, May 7th, 2018

“Paradox” the movie, with Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Willie Nelson cameo and great original music

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Just finally watched “Paradox”, Neil Young and Daryl Hannah’s movie, streaming live now on Netflix.   Neil, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real star in the movie, with opening narration and a cameo with Willie Nelson.   I loved it. I’m going to watch it again now. The music is so beautiful.

Willie and Neil commit a crime.

It has everything you really want in a movie;  loose plot line that keeps you thinking; Willie Nelson narrating, great music by Neil Young and Promise of the Real, handsome cowboys; Particle Kid Lukas Autry Nelson Tato Melgar Anthony Lo Corey McCormick. Willie and Neil commit a crime together, Neil rides a dog sled in the show,  message about saving seeds, lots of music, beautiful scenery, funny dialogue, poker, tipis, partial nudity, best cover of Willie Nelson’s Angel Flying Too Close to the Sun you’ll ever here, Micah playing Neil’s organ; Tato taking a bath,  double outhouse scenes.  Like I said, everything.

I don’t know how long it will be streaming, but watch it if you can, get the soundtrack. You’ll thank me later.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at Sun Fest in West Palm Beach

Friday, May 4th, 2018

 

Brian Hager is attending Nathaniel Rateliff at Sun Fest at SunFest.

“Happy 85th Birthday to my dad” — Willie Nelson

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Willie nelson & Family at the Back Yard (April 28, 2013)

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at Utopia Festival in November 2018

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the real will headline Utopiafest in Burnett, Texas in November.

For tickets and more details go here:

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real with David Letterman on, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction”

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson and Jamey Johnson

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson, “Just Breathe”

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

“Paradox” Movie with Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Promise of the Real on Netflix

Saturday, March 24th, 2018


www.WashingtonPost.com
by: Monica Castillo

When Daryl Hannah, Neil Young and the son of Willie Nelson made a Netflix movie in three days

Hannah’s directorial debut, “Paradox,” was influenced by her environmental activism. On the big screen, Daryl Hannah stands out for her roles in “Splash,” “Wall Street” and the “Kill Bill” movies. But it has been more than a decade since audiences last watched the striking 5-foot-10 blonde strut across the screen in a formidable role. Perhaps that was because she rebuffed Harvey Weinstein in a harrowing encounter that likely cost her many future opportunities, as she revealed to the New Yorker in October.

Although admittedly shy, Hannah didn’t shrink away from public view entirely. While continuing to work, with bit parts in small movies, the actress became fiercely involved with environmental causes, eventually meeting Neil Young, as the two shared a long history of activism and attended the same rallies — and now share a romantic relationship. She was even arrested in the District during a sit-in protest of an oil pipeline.

Hannah didn’t stray too far away from acting, however. She eventually made her way to Netflix, first through the Wachowski sisters’ “Sense8” series in 2015 and now in her directorial debut, “Paradox,” which premiered Friday on the streaming service, and which she filmed very quickly in Colorado before a concert there by Young and the band Promise of the Real. “We had three days of downtime where we said, ‘Wait a minute: Everyone’s gotta be hanging around to adjust to the altitude, so let’s make a movie!’?”

In early March, in a hotel suite overlooking Austin’s riverside before the film’s premiere at South by Southwest, two of the actors — Micah Nelson (son of Willie Nelson) and his girlfriend, Alex Dascalu — joined Hannah to talk about “Paradox.” They recalled how the costumes and props were sourced from local vintage stores, thrift stores or Hannah’s closet. “We had no crew, no budget,” Hannah said. “We just did it ourselves.”

“The teepees are mine; I used to live in one of them,” she added. “The tent we rented, so that they [the band] could rehearse and learn a couple of Neil’s new songs.”

Hannah, who also wrote the film, created a loose musical journey that follows a pack of musicians — including Young — in steampunk and western attire, traipsing through gorgeous strips of the American West in a post-apocalyptic future. The troubadours are played by the band, while Young plays the ominous “man in the black hat.” Willie Nelson shows up later in the film for a delightful cameo at his ranch, known as “Luck, Texas.”

“When they’re walking into the tent, that’s the first time they’ve ever played that song with Neil,” Hannah said. She’s proud when she says it, knowing well that she caught something special on camera. “That was the only obligation they had, that they had to play an hour for two days.” Since the band needed to rehearse for their upcoming show, Hannah worked that into the story line of her movie.

In spirit, “Paradox” is not unlike Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” for which he gathered his friends in a house in Santa Monica, Calif., and quickly made a movie. Hannah’s film, however, was not full of professional actors. Just a band and their friends. “I had to be hands-on, because there wasn’t anybody else,” Hannah said. “It was also improvisational, because we made stuff up as we went along.”

Hannah had to be resourceful. She reused her main cast again as extras, pointing to Nelson and Dascalu as examples. “When we shot the scene in Luck with Willie, these guys were the townsfolks. And then, Micah also painted the seedbank set. Everybody has to do everything.” Hannah ordered everyone to “keep hold of your props, keep track of your costume, drag your own furniture.”

The hands-on coaching proved useful. “I don’t act,” Dascalu said. “This isn’t a thing I do, but it was so easy with Daryl. I knew exactly what she wanted and not wanted me to do.”

Micah Nelson enjoyed a similar experience. “We didn’t think too much about things,” he remembered. “That was Daryl’s job. The rest of us were just kind of playing cartoon versions of ourselves.”

“It’s pretty mind-boggling to watch that movie,” he said. “It’s just Daryl with her camera yelling, ‘Okay, let’s all go over here! Okay, no, turn that around!’?”

“That was the hardest thing, watching the dailies,” Hannah said. “I’m yelling all the time. I hated that!”

Micah assured her, “That’s not an easy thing to do, to have anything other than creativity, a camera and a bunch of weirdos.”

In the same way that activism brought Hannah and Young together, the band met Young while performing at Farm Aid and other environmental protests. It was only natural that the group’s shared passions for causes made it into the movie.

“She kind of makes films like Neil makes records,” Nelson said. “We just go into the studio, and we’ll learn the song as it’s being recorded. He loves the life in it.”

Recording live without a second take means Hannah must work around a scene’s mistakes. “There’s something kind of beautiful and inspiring about follies,” she said. “It doesn’t mean they’re worthless because they’re a folly.”

Hannah picked up a number of directing tips while working with Lana Wachowski on “Sense8,” in which she plays a mother figure to the show’s main characters, a group of eight psychics.

“We had a cameraman on ‘Sense8’ who operated the steadicam and shot everything,” Hannah said. “Lana would just attach herself to him and use and move him around. That’s sort of what I ended up doing with C.K. [Adam Vollick, the film’s cinematographer] when he was shooting.”

Hannah also learned from Wachowski that calling out directions in the middle of the scene meant she could get more in-the-moment responses from the actors. “I’ve never seen a director do that before. She just tells you to do this or look that way. So, I started doing that, which caused me a lot of problems because I don’t have the technical crew that she had to clean her stuff up,” she said and laughed. Maybe next time around.

“I’d like to make a real narrative film,” Hannah said. “Doesn’t mean that I won’t continue to make guerrilla, homespun projects, which I think I’ll always do, because who likes to ask for permission?”

Hannah has seen the difficulty of trying to do her own projects in Hollywood. She said women need “financing! Backing! I mean, everything, opportunity!” She pauses. “Patriarchy is strong, it’s fighting. It’s not going down easy.”

As Dascalu added, sitting beside her, “At least someone pushed that rock and now it’s rolling.”

Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018


photo: Gary Miller

www.austinchronicle.com
by:  Doug Freeman

The lineup was also notable for reflecting the increasing resurgence of soul in the roots scene, from Gilfillian and the raw, powerful set from Philly’s Son Little to Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats’ penultimate mainstage draw. The latter pulled on the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who earlier in the evening shook the Revival Tent, to join for a cathartic, horn-blasted romp of “S.O.B.”

Although the Luck Reunion remains a full Nelson Family Band event, with scions Micah Nelson and Lukas Nelson getting mainstage turns and Willie’s headlining set providing the perennial close, the fest has noticeably marked the ascendancy of the latter sibling as torchbearer of the Family ethos. Case in point was his band Promise of the Real’s exceptional set that brought out this year’s special guest and chapel headliner Margo Price for “Find Yourself.” Nelson then stayed onstage for several songs supporting Kurt Vile’s mellow psychedelic jams.

photo:  Gary Miller

photo:  Gary Miller

That passing of the torch was highlighted in Willie’s own set as well. While the patriarch sounded in fine form, voice as full as it’s been in years, Lukas provided the mid-set climax with “Texas Flood,” smoking the exchange of guitar solos with Asleep at the Wheel bandleader Ray Benson and his father, Pops grinning and laughing as his eldest took the lead.

By the time the stage packed with artists for the last call of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” the Luck Reunion felt as a much a call for the next generation of artists as Willie Nelson’s SXSW day party. That impression cemented with his walking from the stage leaving Lukas leading the final rounds in front of Price, Rateliff, Doe, and the rollicking Preservation Hall horns.

Read entire article, see more photos here.