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Micah Nelson: Expect the Unexpected (Texas Music Magazine) (Fall 2014)

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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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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Micah Nelson with Neil Young, Bridge School Benefit 2014

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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“I keep expecting to wake up from my life” — Micah Nelson

#neilism

#blessed

#bridgeschoolbenefit2014

#infinitegratitude

#whosgonnastandupandsavetheearth?

Willie Nelson Family Band

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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www.WillieNelson.com

Willie Nelson and Family

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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Willie Nelson, Annie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson
John Varvatos photo shoot
photos: Danny Clinch

Danny has a new photo book out, too:

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Willie Nelson’s, “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die” Tee Shirt (Micah Nelson Artwork)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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Front and Back

 

 

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www.aliceinhululand.com
roll me up and smoke me when i die

Willie Nelson’s portrait drawn by his son Micah Nelson for his book “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” Available exclusivly at Alice in Hulaland.

Super soft cotton basic crew tee. 100% pre-shrunk cotton. Only $28.00 at their website:
www.AliceinHululand.com

Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real (Poster by Micah Nelson, Jim Eckenrode)

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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“My first official show poster. My picture melted with the bands icon art from Micah , what an honor . Just had it matted and framed.” — Jim Eckenrode

Lukas Nelson, Promise of the Real (with Micah Nelson) “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes”

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Lukas Nelson, and Promise of the Real, with Micah Nelson, at Harvest the Hope Concert, Neligh, NE (9/27/14)

Sorry for the poor quality.

Micah Nelson Particle Kid “Demo-itis”

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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www.domeofdoom.org

Get limited edition ‘DEMOITIS’ tapes from www.domeofdoom.org!

Each tape also comes with a free digital download of ‘Hollows’ EP — a 2 for 1 deal folks

hey hey hey how about it aye alright yes yes (some of them have little secret messages or mini drawings hidden inside..!! oh mee gosh yes)

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Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and friends, “This Land is Your Land” (Harvest the Hope Concert) (9/27/140

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Thank you, Jenny from OK, for the video!

Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World’ (Farm Aid 2014) (Raleigh, NC)

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Lukas Nelson, Neil Young, Micah Nelson, Farm Aid 2014 (9/13/14) (Raleigh, NC)

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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Lukas and Micah rock out with their Uncle Neil.

Raelyn Nelson and Micah Nelson

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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Another great photo from Janis Tillerson.

The making of “Just Breathe” video, with Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Micah Nelson live painting at Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Show (8/29/14)

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

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art by Micah Nelson

“Live-painting from tonight at ?#?bellyuptavern_solanabeach? with @lukasnelsonpotr @insectsvsrobots thanks Penny for supporting the arts!!!”

— Micah Nelson

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photo: Susan d’Angelo Baldridge

New Willie Nelson shirts, designed by Micah Nelson

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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$28.00

Willie’s portrait drawn by his son Micah Nelson for his book “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” Available exclusivly at Alice in Hulaland, on Maui.

Super soft cotton basic crew tee.  100% pre-shrunk cotton

ORDER YOURS HERE