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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, with Micah Nelson (Farm Aid 2019)

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Thanks so much to Janis from Texas, for sharing her fantastic photos from the Farm Aid concert in Wisconsin last September.

Micah Nelson

Corey McCormick

Tato Melgar

Anthony LoGerfo

Logan Metz

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in Last Waltz concert in Nashville (November 23rd)

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, “Turn Off the News”

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

www.austinchronicle.com
by: Abby Johnston

Lukas Nelson’s first release since A Star Is Born vaulted him into the national consciousness delivers for both the newly initiated and the faithful. Fifty-minute follow-up to his self-titled 2017 breakout, Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) genre hops with ease, but the first quarter hews close to his roots-rock background.

The bright guitar progressions of “Bad Case” jangle pure Tom Petty, and the soaring balladry of “Where Does Love Go” sounds like Willie Nelson’s second youngest is auditioning to be a Wilbury. “Lotta Fun” marks the start of a brief country turn, sealed by a sweet duet with Nelson family favorite Margo Price.

“Mystery,” one of the album’s few acoustic cuts, features dear ol’ dad picking Trigger. The scion sounds most at ease on the album’s back half, which burns with guitar solos. After a full-band maelstrom closes “Out in LA,” Nelson concludes, “That was some magic. There’s some magic there.”

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Good Morning America (8/6/2019)

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real on the Late Show with Colbert tonight (replay)

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

www.CMT.com
by: Alison Bonaguro

Music Videos

You may not be able to feel the Tom Petty influence when you hear Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s “Bad Case,” but when you see the video, you can’t help but sense that influence. It’s alive and well in the new video, in the form of his daughter Adria Petty. So when you watch the collaboration between the son of a country music legend and the daughter of a rock n’ roll legend, you’ll see how naturally the two marry the art they each bring to the table.

We had a chance to ask Nelson — Willie Nelson’s son — about working with Petty, the day of the shoot at the Nelson’s Luck, Texas ranch, and the meaning behind the song.

A. What was your connection to the director Adria Petty, Tom Petty’s daughter?

Q. She’s a really good friend of mine. We met at Cafe Gratitude in Venice, California, and we ended up spending a lot of time together as friends. She’s the most beautiful person in the whole world. She’s one of the most fantastic loving spirits that exists. So it was natural to eventually do something with her. We started talking, and I knew she was a really good music video director because she’d worked with great artists. And she’s a heart friend and a dream mate. We share a lot of commonality and we understand each other. It was one of the greatest times I’ve ever had doing a music video. Because usually they’re really hard and no fun, but she made it fun.

Q. Was the whole video shot at the family ranch in Texas?

A. Yes, we shot the video at the ranch in Texas. And when we all got together on the inside — for the Opry house scene we had to film — we were all in there jamming, and Adria really made it fun for us. I just felt like I was in great hands the whole time.

Q. It seems like you must’ve been a fan of old Westerns growing up. Did that play into your decision to make the video have that same kind of aesthetic?

A. Yes, because I was a big fan of old Westerns growing up. I’ve always wanted to do a Western music video. Me and my brother were always playing Western with each other, so it’s just a natural thing.

Q. And what about the day you wrote “Bad Case.” What inspired the idea for the song?

A. There’s a type of person who gets caught up in desires and wanting, and needing to be this and needing to be that. And as a practicer of the Dao, I want to let desires go. So it’s kind of an ode to those folk who want what they can’t have always, and don’t accept reality for how it is, and just be at peace in the moment. They’re always trying to solve some problem. When really they just have to let go and be here, and face themselves and let go of who they think they are and stop putting labels on everything.

Q. Has your dad given you any feedback on the song or the video?

A. My dad loves the song and the video. He said it was amazing, and he really was blown away. He was really stoked.

Q. What do you hope people will take away from the video?

A. That it was a beautiful moment, and Adria made that happen and I’m grateful to her for doing it.

A great day for new music

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Thanks, Richard N Phyllis Rademacher for sharing your photo of the two new albums from Willie Nelson and Lukas Neslon & Promise of the Real.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real new album debuts at #3 CMSMusic

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s Epic Music Video for ‘Bad Case,’ New LP Out 6/14

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

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This Friday, June 14, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will release their anticipated new album, Turn Off the News (Build a Garden), which was previewed in recent weeks with the song “Bad Case.”

With the album’s release nearly here, the track now has a music video — and it’s epic.

Joining the band on the new record are special guests including Sheryl CrowNeil Young (with whom POTR has played several gigs in recent years) and Ke$ha.

The album’s track listing:

1. “Bad Case”
2. “Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)”
3. “Where Does Love Go”
4. “Save A Little Heartache”
5. “Lotta Fun”
6. “Civilized Hell”
7. “Mystery”
8. “Simple Life”
9. “Out In LA”
10. “Something Real”
11. “Stars Made Of You”
12. “Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)” [Acoustic]
13. “Consider It Heaven”



Neil Young with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at the Paramount (Seattle)

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

New Music from Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, “Turn Off The News (build a Garden)

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
photo: Joey Martinz


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by: Patrick Doyle

Since releasing an album in 2017, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have played 200-plus shows — both on their own and with Neil Young, inspiring some of the legend’s fieriest shows in years. “They have no fear,” Young told RS. “They’re much better players than I am. Lukas is like a gunslinger.”

The band took that fire and experience into the studio for their new album, Turn Off the News (Build a Garden), out June 14th, where they double down on their psychedelic cowboy anthems, with help from friends including Sheryl Crow, Kesha and Young himself. The album features everything from soaring wall-of-sound arrangements (the Roy Orbison–inspired “Where Does Love Go”) to wildly fun country-rock throwdowns like the joyous twin-guitar jam “Civilized Hell” — a duet between Lukas and his dad Willie — and twangy road anthem “Lotta Fun,” with Margo Price. Another highlight is “Save a Little Heartache” a funky stomper with Kesha on backing vocals.

One of the album’s big themes is trying to find peace and happiness in a world of chaos. On title track “Turn Off the News,” Lukas details his attempt to focus on love instead of other things he can’t control: “Maybe I’ll turn off the fuckin’ news,” he sings. The song has become a new crowd favorite.

“We wanted these songs to be fun and upbeat,” Nelson said. “But we also wanted to have something to say. Rock & roll began as a countercultural movement, so in the true spirit of rock & roll, we’re trying to encourage a lifestyle where people can be active in their local communities, rather than glued to a device. We listen to so many artists — the Byrds, Tom Petty, Al Green, Neil Young, Little Feat, J.J. Cale — and this album carries forth something they all represented, the idea of turning off the news and doing something constructive. It’s a statement about how you can live your life with your heart leading the way.”

A new trailer for the album captures the spirit of the sessions, which took place at studios including Malibu’s legendary Shangri-La with producer John Alagia. We see the group smoking weed, playing ping-pong and sharing ideas — Lukas shows his bandmates the title track and asks for feedback. “I don’t even hear drums on it,” one member says. They found a compromise: The album includes both a full-band version and an acoustic version that features Neil Young on pump organ.

Other guests on the LP include Nelson’s brother Micah, Shooter Jennings, Randy Houser, Lucius, Madison Ryann Ward, Hunter Elizabeth and more. Nelson said they enlisted the album’s many collaborators with his heroes the Band in mind. “They supported so many incredible people throughout their career, but they were also focused on their own music,” he said. “We’re the same way. We want to see good music and great artists succeed, because a rising tide raises all ships. We’re cheering for our friends, just as they’re cheering for us.”

Next up for Promise of the Real is a gig opening for the Who at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on May 16th, followed by their first headlining show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The band have a packed summer planned, including shows with the Avett Brothers, Neil Young, Zac Brown Band, Steve Earle and more. See the full schedule here.


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.
Tickets are $26.50 plus applicable charges.
On sale Friday, March 1 at 10:00 a.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.”

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in Jackson Hole (Feb. 17, 2019)

Friday, December 28th, 2018

www.jhnewsandguide.com
by: Julie Kukral
Jackson Hole Daily 

JacksonHoleLive has announced that Lukas Nelson and his band, Promise of the Real, will perform a Mid-Winter Snowdown on Feb. 17.

Nelson first played in Jackson when he was 17 years old with his father, country great Willie Nelson, on Labor Day in 2006. Since then, Nelson and his band have enjoyed slow-burning success.

Notably, Neil Young made Promise of the Real his touring and studio band in 2014.

Read entire article here.

 

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price and friends — “Love and Music” — benefit for Woolsey Fire (Dec 17)

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

December 17
Canyon Club
Agoura, California

Tickets:
https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0900557BF7FE54B3

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Reas at Hogs Festival in New Orleans (Mar 30, 2019)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

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Kick New Orleans festival season off right … with BBQ! Hogs for the Cause returns as the best barbecue festival this side of the Mississippi.

New Orleans welcomes over 90 local and regional BBQ masters and the best backyard chefs to compete in seven categories: Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, Porkpourri, Sauce, Fan Favorite, and Fundraising Champion.

How did Hogs for the Cause get started?

In 2009, Hogs for the Cause hosted a pig roast to raise money for a boy named Ben Sarrat. Li’l Ben had been diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. In that first year, roughly 200 people showed up to watch a pig turn slowly on a spit and raise money to help Ben’s family. Fast-forward a few short years (eight years and counting), and Hogs for the Cause is now one of the largest barbecue competitions and music festivals in the country. Our charitable purpose remains the same: helping families fighting pediatric brain cancer.