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Neil Young and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real: The Monsanto Years (June 29)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

“The Mission” directed by Don Hannah an excerpt of The Monsanto Years documentary

“I want a cup of coffee, but I don’t want a GMO.

“I’d like to start my day off — without helping Monsanto.”

      — Neil Young

         #BoycottStarbucks

 

THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM
THE MONSANTO YEARS
PRE-ORDER AT WWW.NEILYOUNG.COM — AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE JUNE 29TH

More on Promise of the Real and our sessions making The Monsanto Years. I can’t wait to hit the road again with The Rebel Content Tour, playing songs from throughout the years, from solo acoustic to full on electric.
See you soon
Neil

 

Micah Nelson Art on new shirts for Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

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Happy Father’s Day, to Willie Nelson

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

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Willie Nelson and Family

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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Neil Young and Promise of the Real, “The Monsanto Years”

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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www.theboot.com
by: Gayle Thompson

More information, including a track listing, is emerging about The Monsanto Years, the highly anticipated album from Neil Young and Promise of the Real, the band featuring Willie Nelson‘s sons, Lukas and Micah Nelson.

The nine-song album, which also comes with a DVD, will be available on June 29; a track listing is available below. The Monsanto Years will be available in a special CD / DVD package, on vinyl and through iTunes and PonoMusic. (Vinyl copies will not be available until August.)
Young hinted earlier in the year that he was working on an album with the Nelsons, noting at the time that The Monsanto Years would be “an upbeat review of the situation.” The project began as a result of Young’s advocacy against Monsanto, a company that produces food additives that are included in many foods, including items allegedly sold at Starbucks, which led Young to boycott the famous coffee chain.

“Still no latte for me,” Young says. “No more Starbucks at all until the giant corporation stands up and comes clean.”

In support of the upcoming record, Neil Young and Promise of the Real are launching the joint Rebel Content Tour, which will launch on July 5 at Milwaukee’s Summerfest. All dates are available at PromiseoftheReal.com.
Pre-orders of The Monsanto Years are currently available at NeilYoung.com. All pre-orders will receive instant downloads of “Big Box” and “A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop.”

Neil Young and Promise of the Real, The Monsanto Years Track Listing:
1. “A New Day for Love”
2. “Wolf Moon”
3. “People Want to Hear About Love”
4. “Big Box”
5. “A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop”
6. “Workin’ Man”
7. “Rules of Change”
8. “Monsanto Years”
9. “If I Don’t Know”

 

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Neil Young wants the world to know it’s time to #OutgrowMonsanto

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

www.RollingStone.com
by:Jon Blistein

Neil Young and his recent collaborators, Lukas and Micah Nelson — the sons of country great Willie Nelson — performed an acoustic rendition of their new protest song, “The Monsanto Years,” during an anti-GMO event in Maui this weekend, Stereogum reports.

Just like the song — and forthcoming album of the same name — the Outgrow Monsanto event sought to raise awareness of the agrochemical giant’s unhealthy and environmentally unfriendly practices, especially their propagation of genetically modified foods and seeds.

“The Monsanto Years” specifically looks at the issue from the perspective of a farmer who resorts to growing Monsanto-manufactured crops, but thinks often of his mother and father and the untainted farming traditions they passed down. Young and the Nelson brothers’ performance has an impromptu, communal feel as their steely acoustic guitars overlap over rhythms meted out on the bottom of a bucket.

Later that same day, Young and the Nelson brothers did away with their acoustic guitars and blasted through a rendition of “Down By the River,” off Young and Crazy Horse’s 1969 classic, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. Backed by the bellows of the audience, the performance remained true to the original and Lukas held his own during the enviable — but certainly not easy — task of trading solos with Young.

“We exploded Charley’s last night with Neil !”

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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Micah Nelson on Instagram:
“We exploded Charley’s last night with Neil ! ???????????? #paia #old_digs…”
Corporations have feelings
Corporations have soul
That’s why they’re like people
Just harder to control
They don’t wanna fall so when they fall they fall on you
Too big to fail
Too rich for jail…
— ‘Big Box’

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

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Neil Young talks about new album with Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, and Monsanto

Friday, May 1st, 2015

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photo: Ebet Roberts

www.RollingStone.com
by:  Andy Greene

Last September, just before he took the stage at Farm Aid Neil Young was hanging out on his tour bus with Willie Nelson’s sons Micah and Lukas. Out of nowhere, he asked if they wanted to come out and join him on “Rockin’ In The Free World” at the end of his set. “We were like, ‘Fuck yeah, dude,'” says Micah. “It felt great, like we’d been jamming together forever.”

Lukas and Micah both play guitar and have their own bands. Lukas, 26, fronts Promise of the Real, while Micah, 25, plays with Insects vs Robots and occasionally plays solo under the name Particle Kid. They have known Young as far back as they can remember. “He’s ‘Uncle Neil,'” Micah tells Rolling Stone. “But until a couple of Farm Aids ago, we never had a chance to just hang out and get a vibe from each other. At the same time, I feel like I’ve always known him forever through his music because it’s so honest.”

In the fall of 2007, Lukas met his future Promise of the Real bandmate Anthony Logerfo when they both caught Young’s show at Nokia Live in Los Angeles. “After the show, we went back to his place and went surfing in the night with a bunch of his buddies,” says Lukas. “I got stung by a stingray, and that night I had to sleep on his couch with my foot in a bucket of hot water to neutralize the [venom] protein. He brought me this huge pile of weed and I knew we’d be best friends after that.”

They called their new band, which features Logerfo on drums, Tato Melgar on percussion and Corey McCormick on bass, Promise of the Real after Young’s line, “Some get stoned, some get strange, but sooner or later it all gets real” from 1974’s “Walk On.” “We listened to Neil Young every day when we started the band,” says Lukas. “And ‘Walk On’ has always been one of my favorite songs.”

“Monsanto is the poster child for the problems we’re having with the corporate government,” Young recently said.

Two weeks after last year’s Farm Aid, Young and Nelson headlined the Harvest the Hope concert in Neligh, Nebraska to protest the proposed Keystone Pipeline. “We were playing as my father’s band that night,” says Lukas. “And Neil called us onto his bus and worked out a few songs he wanted to play with us. All of us just had a blast.”

The Bridge School Benefit came about weeks later, and once again Young called out Micah, Lukas and Promise of the Real to back him on a few songs. “We didn’t know that was going to happen,” says Lukas. “But we brought our instruments just in case he wanted us to join him. It went really well, but after that we didn’t talk for a while.”

Sometime in December, an e-mail arrived from Young. “He was like, ‘Hey, I wrote a bunch of new songs,” says Micah. “I want you guys to come do the record with me. Love, Neil.” They were stunned beyond belief. “I was so stoked,” says Lukas. “I can’t even describe how elated I was.”

The weeks passed and no plans came into place, but on January 7th, Rolling Stone asked Young about his next album at the International Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “‘I’m working on another album now that I’m going to be doing with Willie Nelson’s sons,” he said. It’s called The Monsanto Years. It’s an upbeat review of the situation.” The album is set for release in June, but at the time, this was news to more people than just Young fans. “That’s how we knew it was real,” says Micah. “With Neil, we’ve learned not to expect anything until it’s actually happening. Once it’s in print in the press and he said it, that was the moment where we knew it was for real.”

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Happy Birthday, Micah Nelson

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

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photos:  Janis Tillerson

Janis Tillerson took this photo, in Luck, Texas

Janis took this picture of Micah and his big brother, at Red Rocks.

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Texas Music

November 2014

Micah Nelson:  When It Comes to Willie Nelson’s Youngest Son, expect the unexpected
by Steve Uhler

Micah Nelson has been screwing with everyone’s expectations since before he was even born.

His dad originally wanted to name him Jake — a “cowboy name” — but the still-gestating prodigy had other ideas.  “Apparently, when my mother was pregnant with me, she had a dream in which I came to her and said, “Hey, listen.  I’m gonna be showing up soon, so I want to let you know ahead of time.  My name is Micah.  You can call me whatever you want, but that’s my name.  Micah.  OK, great — see you soon.”  Then she woke up and turned to my dad and said, ‘Hey, uh… so his name is Micah, apparently.”

“That wasn’t enough convincing, however.  “They settled on Jacob, Jake for short,” he continues.  “But then I showed up and said my name is Micah.  Only doctors and cops and people at the DMV call me Jacob.”

Anyone expecting Willie Nelson’s youngest son to reflect the spitting image of his iconic father is likely to be simultaneously disappointed and amazed.  Flying in the face of preconceptions — ore -re-anything — is a lifelong motif for the 24-year-old musician.  his music is as similar to his dad’s as John Cage is to Johnny Cash.  Same canvas, wildly different colors.  “Micah has never followed the herd in anything he odes,” says his older brother, Lukas.  “To follow any formula would limit him, which he knows.  He’s as unique as he is creative.”

Even as a toddler, Nelson was messing with people’s heads.  “I started playing harmonica in my dad’s band when I was about three,” he recalls.  “I thought I was just getting harmonica lessons.  I was oblivious to the thousands of people watching.  My Aunt Robyn asked me if I was nervous in front of all those people?  I said, “If I don’t see them, they can’t see me.’  Eventually I got pretty decent at the harmonica, and my dad would throw me the nod to take a solo or two.”

Like his iconoclastic father, Nelson does things his own way — and he does a lot of things.  In addition to being a full-time musician, both with his band, Insects vs Robots, and as a solo artist, he’s an accomplished painter, photographer, filmmaker and animator.  Imagine H.R. Giger channeling John Audobon at a seance with David Lynch, and you’ll get some idea of Nelson’s vision.

As a musician, he eschews the formulaic and polished in favor of the ragged, unformed and spontaneous.  As such a conduit as a creator, Nelson conjures “found sounds” into complex musical works of astonishing depth, imagery and surprising humor.  An intuitive sonic forager, he finds inspiration in serendipitous places:  the rhythm drip of a leaky faucet, the arthritic, groan of an old rocking chair, the distant howl of hungry coyotes in the night.  “When I was in high school, every morning on Maui I’d wake up to the most psychedelic bird calls right outside my window,” he recalls.  “the weirdest riffs.  A human couldn’t write those melodies.  I had a growing suspicion that all birds were just musical robots flying around with little tape decks built into them with old warped tapes that would loop the strangest, tweekiest sounds.”

So do inanimate objects, “I know a guy named Lewellyn with an old creaky rusty cat,” he continues.  “Every time he opens his door it sings the strangest creaky melodies.  I”ve ripped his car’s riffs off countless times.  Sometimes I see music as this mysterious forest to be explored.  Or like archeaology.  You never know what treasures and artifacts you might find, but you can’t know unless you start digging.”

Nelson meticulously builds layers of tracks, weaving a tapestry of songs that are often otherworldly.  Anyone expecting echoes of his dad’s distinctive voice and mainstream op sensibilities will find Nelson’s oeuvre disorienting.  It’s a beguiling mash-up of traditional folk, psychedelia and world beat, peppered with guileless vocals, dissonant chordings and shifting time signatures.  It’s musical Chaos Theory.

“A lot of popular music is so safe, so predictable, like it was processed in a factory,” he explains.  “You can literally go in and buy it at Target next to the Tupperware.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that .. except that a lot of it tends to sound like Tupperware.  Some folks want ot make a pop hit that sells deodorant and plays every five minutes at Walgreens and gets them a Super Bowl halftime show.  I tend to get bored with that intention.  It spooks my horse.”  Perhaps the closest he’s ever come to a traditional love song is “Mosquito,” his bizarre ode to the pesky insect.

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Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, for John Varvatos

Friday, April 24th, 2015

From the @willienelson Ohana on 4/20 2015! HAPPY DAMN 4/20!

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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From the @willienelson Ohana on 4/20 2015! HAPPY DAMN 4/20!

Neil Young surprises fans at secret show with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

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photo:  Good Medicine Presents

www.sanluisobispo.com
by: Matt Fountain and Sarah Linn

Legendary folk rocker Neil Young stopped Thursday in San Luis Obispo for a secret show.

The Grammy Award winner took the stage at SLO Brewing Co. at 9 p.m., backed by rock band Lukas  Nelson & Promise of the Real and played until midnight.

The spur-of-the-moment concert was presented by Good Medicine Presents and Numbskull Productions.  Good Medicine co-owner Todd Newman said he and his wife, Korie, have been working with Nelson, son of country star Willie Nelson, since 2007.

“Lukas contacted us last week and asked to work on a secret show,” Todd Newman wrote in an email. “He didn’t offer many details. He simply said, ‘Let’s plan for a concert Thursday and we are going to bring something special to Good Medicine and SLO.’

”It wasn’t until shortly before the show that we found that Neil was the special surprise.”

San Luis Obispo resident Jason Hill was sipping a beer at McCarthy’s Irish Pub at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday when a friend sent him a text message about the Neil Young concert.

“I dropped my beer, ran to the show and got right in line. And then I realized I had no cash,” said Hill, who borrowed enough money to purchase pre-sale tickets for himself, his friend and their fathers.

“It was the best show in San Luis Obispo at SLO Brew,” Hill said. “Because it was a total surprise — and it was Neil Young.”

When Mike Johnson, who lives a few blocks from downtown San Luis Obispo, heard about the show after work, he, too, raced to SLO Brewing Co.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Johnson said. “Seeing Willie Nelson’s son’s band play backup for Neil Young in a tiny venue at the spur of the moment? It was one of the more entertaining things I’ve ever experienced.”

Concertgoers paid just $10 to hear Young play two sets that included a nearly 10-minute long version of “Down By the River” as well as favorites such as “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere” and “Ordinary People.” The energetic crowd that packed SLO Brewing Co., which has a capacity of 457 people, ranged from college students to older folks.

Young announced in January that he is working on a new album with Lukas Nelson and his brother, Micah Nelson.

Known for a long string of hit songs that includes “Harvest Moon,” “Old Man” and “For What It’s Worth,” Young helped shaped the sound of the 1960s and ’70s as a member of two bands — Buffalo Springfield and rock supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He’s also enjoyed a successful, decades-spanning career as a solo artist.

Young was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo musician in 1995 and as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.

Read article, see more photos:
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2015/04/17/3591199/neil-young-lukas-nelson-slo-brew.html

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at ARISE festival (Loveland, Colorado) (Aug. 7-9)

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

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Heartbreaker Banquet Finale with Willie Nelson, family and friends (3/19/15)

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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Thanks Janis from Texas for photos from Luck!

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