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New Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real album, “Something Real” (in stores March 11 2016)

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016


Highly anticipated new album by Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real scheduled to be released on March 11th.  You can pre-order the album, and keep up with the band at their website and on Facebook.


Neil Young & Promise of the Real continue tour in 2016

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015


Neil Young & Promise Of The Real finds the legendary rocker joined by a backing band featuring Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real. The group embarked on two legs of the Rebel Content Tour in 2015 and it appears they will hit the road once again next year.

German fan site Rusted Moon found ticketing links showing Neil Young & Promise Of The Real will play two shows in Germany next summer as part of the band’s debut European Tour. The first of the two performances will take place at Völkerschlachtdenkmal in Leipzig on July 20, while the second is set for Berlin’s Waldbühne on July 21. As for now, the two German performances are the only confirmed 2016 shows for Neil Young & Promise Of The Real but look for additional announcements soon.

Young seemed revitalized by his time on the road with Lukas and the members of Promise Of The Real. Neil dug deep into his back catalog and seemingly busted out a gem for the first time in years at nearly every show of the tour. “Alabama,” “Vampire Blues,” “L.A.” and “Walk On” were just a few of the songs that returned to the fold in 2015 after decades on the shelf. Beyond that, Promise Of The Real brought a fiery spirit that helped reinvigorate Neil in concert and the pairing led to a bevy of extended “Cortez The Killers,” “Down By The Rivers” and “Cowgirl In The Sands” that blew past the 15-minute mark. Here’s hoping 2016 will bring more of the same with multiple legs of the Rebel Content Tour once again.

Willie Nelson joins Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real @ Charleys tonight

Saturday, December 19th, 2015


Willie Nelson crashed his son’s concert tonight in Hawaii.  This was the third night of the band’s shows, with guest Lily Meola.

Thanks to Brian Hager for sharing his photos.



See Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Lily Meola @Charley’s on Maui (Dec. 17, 18, 19)

Thursday, December 17th, 2015


See Micah Nelson and Insects vs Robots with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in concert

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Last shows of the year this week with @lukasnelsonpotr

Dec 10 – Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
Dec 11 – Malibu Inn, Malibu
Dec 12 – Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown
Dec 13 – Coach House, San Juan Capistrano

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in Wilmington, Deleware (11/12/2015)

Monday, November 9th, 2015

by:  Ryan Cormier

Fresh from a summer of touring North America as Neil Young’s backing band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are already back on the road.

Nelson and the rest of his “cowboy hippie surf rock” four-piece proved themselves capable of handling Young’s genre-bending catalog, winning new fans and earning positive reviews.

They are now back on tour as headliners once again – the first extended string of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real shows since last year.

The tour pulls into World Cafe Live at the Queen (500 N. Market St., Wilmington) Thursday, Nov. 12. Tickets are $15 in advance ( or $18 on the day of the show.

Nelson has played his fair share of Delaware shows in recent years. The son-of-Willie headlined at Arden’s Gild Hall in 2012 and opened for his country outlaw father at The Grand in Wilmington last year.

In June, Young’s “The Monsanto Years” featuring Nelson and his band was released before the act went on tour.

Joe Bonamassa’s two-night stand on Market Street

It’s a number that jumps out at you on The Grand’s schedule: $150.

That’s how much floor seats are to see blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa’s rare two-night stand at The Grand (818 N. Market St., Wilmington) Monday and Tuesday nights.

Not all seats are $150. Dress circle balcony tickets are $125 and family circle seats in the rear of the balcony are $99. Both shows start at 8 p.m.

Unless you’re a blues fan, you’re probably scratching your head, but Bonamassa is recognized as one of the best blues rock guitarists around.

He regularly plays venues like London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Radio City Music Hall and has played alongside everyone from Eric Clapton to Buddy Guy.

His shows mix originals and covers with songs by acts like Howlin’ Wolf, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, B.B. King and more regularly sneaking their way onto setlists.

Tickets are available at, by calling 652-5577 or in person at the box office.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Video Premiere

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Team Coco is pumped to present the world premiere of Lukas Nelson &? Promise Of The Real’s new video. The hype is real for Lukas Nelson &? Promise Of The Real’s new album Something Real, out February 26th, 2016.

A fisheye first look at the cowboy-hippie-surf-rockers’ new video.

Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Tour

Friday, October 2nd, 2015


Neil Young and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are continuing their Rebel Content tour.





If you haven’t yet, check out their album, “The Monsanto Years”


Willie Nelson @ Farm Aid 2015 (Chicago)

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015


Another Neil Young and Promise of the Real fan

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real headline Chinook Fest Saturday, 9/12/15

Friday, September 11th, 2015

photo:  Rich Fury
by:  Pat Muir

WHAT: Chinook Fest
WHEN: Friday through Sunday
WHERE: Jim Sprick Community Park, 13680 State Route 410 outside of Naches
TICKETS: $40 Friday, $60 Saturday, $20 Sunday; $95 weekend pass; $175 VIP weekend pass

Lukas Nelson started playing guitar to connect with his father, Willie, but it didn’t take long for the younger Nelson to establish himself as a creative voice distinct from that of the country music legend.

Part of that was just growing up in a different era under different circumstances. Willie was born during the Great Depression and grew up in Texas. Lukas, whose band, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, will play Saturday night as the headliner of this year’s Chinook Fest, was born in Austin, Texas, but grew up in Hawaii. His musical sensibility was forged by a childhood spent listening to acts like Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and Stevie Ray Vaughan as much as it was by his father’s country music. There are other influences at play, too, from classic soul to contemporary hip-hop.

All of that said, the 26-year-old does kind of sound like his father. A bit louder, maybe. And definitely bluesier. But that Willie Nelson voice and style is plainly mixed in there with all of the other influences. People comment on it all the time, the younger Nelson said in a phone interview this week.

And you know what? He’s OK with that.

“I’m proud of who my dad is,” Nelson said. “And being compared with him is great. I think I’m comfortable enough in what I do that I don’t mind being compared to him. He’s an incredible person, and he’s an incredible musician.”

His son ain’t bad, either. I mean, yeah, he had some breaks early on because of who his father is — opportunities Lukas Nelson got that Lukas Bardkowski wouldn’t have — but that wouldn’t mean much without the talent to take advantage of them.

You don’t, after all, get hired to be Neil Young’s band in the studio and on tour just because he’s friends with your dad. Promise of the Real got that gig, playing on Young’s latest, “The Monsanto Years,” and accompanying him on tour, because they’re a solid, versatile band.

“I’ve learned immensely from him,” Nelson said of Young. “He’s a mentor to me. … I think he sees potential in us as young musicians.”

Nelson’s work with his own band draws on the rural-rock aesthetic that artists such as Young and The Band invented. It’s a perfect fit for Chinook Fest, which in its fourth year has proven to be a showcase for bands that combine Americana with classic rock.

“I grew up on Pearl Jam and Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, The Beatles and The Beach Boys,” Nelson said. “Roy Orbison. Anything you can think of. All the greats. Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix. All the blues guys, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan.”

The result is something Promise of the Real calls “cowboy hippie surf rock,” which is as good a description as any. It has evolved over the years from the raw sound on the band’s eponymous 2010 debut album and the 2012 follow-up “Wasted” to something more thoughtful on the band’s six-song EP “Realer Bootlegs Vol. 1” released this year.

One of those songs in particular, a track called “For Me,” displays a level of vocal restraint and control that Nelson was unable or unwilling to reach earlier in his career. It’s an atmospheric slow-burn with evocative lyrics that demand close listening while leaving room for interpretation.

“For Me” and the other songs on “Realer Bootlegs” bode well for the band’s upcoming full-length album, recorded last year and set for release in January or February.

“I wouldn’t say that I like the newer songs more,” Nelson said (after I told him I like the newer songs more). “But I would say some of them are more poignant now.”

And he’s right. They’re more mature. The band’s early stuff is great. It’s classic rock on the records, and pure energy on the stage. But the newer songs display a breakthrough level of songcraft. They’re personal and universal at once, influenced by Nelson’s surroundings and his background, but very much his own.

“It’s important to just allow yourself to let the song come to you and not force it,” he said.

All of which can be summed up by a dream he had as a child.

“I was standing on a stage in front of, like, millions of people,” Nelson said. “And I was terrified. I kind of shrunk my consciousness into my chest. I hid there. But then I sang from there. I sang through my heart. And I became a performer.”


Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real in Pioneertown, CA (8/13/15)

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015


story and photos:  Guillermo Prieto/

There was so much buzz surrounding the Pappy and Harriet’s indoor show by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real that the crew cleared as much space in the adobe music venue as possible.

Of course, there was the normal droning on social media about how Pappy’s should have moved the show outside, where there’s more space. Never mind that it was hot as hell, plus the logistics of an outdoor show are immense.

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, aka POTR, started performing live in 2008. One reason for all the buzz: Lukas Nelson is the son of Willie Nelson, and he has toured with his father.

One of his major influences is Neil Young. Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real played on Neil Young’s 36th album, The Monsanto Years, and POTR just wrapped up a tour with Young. This may explain the demographic shift at Pappy’s that suggested some in attendance might have seen Buffalo Springfield live while in their teens. Even my hemp-fedora-wearing consigliore friend, who believes all music died when the Beatles left Candlestick Park, was in attendance.


Micah Nelson

The show was a family affair, with Insects v. Robots opening, with Micah Nelson, Lucas’ brother, at the helm. Insects v. Robots is a trippy band that jams the hell out of every tune while mixing genres and having a blast. At one point, Micah asked Lukas to join the set—but he was nowhere to be found, so Micah asked for help from the audience; a brunette with Catherine Wheel and Phil Collins tattoos volunteered to go bang on the tour-bus door. As they say, the show must go on, and Insects v. Robots got everyone harmonizing to the psychedelic vibe. On several occasions, Micah Nelson asked with a smirk: “Does anyone have any questions?”

Joshua Tree’s favorite cowgirl, Jesika Von Rabbit, was briefly front and center to get a picture of Lukas Nelson. POTR opened with a greeting from Lukas: “How are you guys doing? … I think I have a lot of friends here.” Nelson seems not cocky, but cool, when he smiles; he has natural charisma.

POTR’s set included “Don’t Take Me Back,” a authentic song about a breakup: “I was sittin’ in my daddy’s car, with a joint in both of my hands, smokin’ ’til the smoke wouldn’t stop, and the windows roll down, and I’m rolling around in my mind.” Lukas included a cover of “L.A. Woman” by the Doors that was an excellent way to showcase the band’s skills, before switching genres several times, with music including “Diamonds on the Soles of Your Shoes” by Paul Simon. In a nod to “Uncle Neil,” POTR included “Cowgirl in the Sand.”

Nelson guitar skills were hypnotic; at one point, he played the guitar with his mouth as he kneeled on the stage.

POTR was getting ready to head out the side door—until a chant of “five more songs!” started from frenzied fans. To pump up the audience, Lukas turned out an excellent cover of “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones. Then he remarked: “This is a song we wrote a while ago, ‘The Joint.’”

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real showed why they more than held their own onstage with Willie Nelson and Neil Young.

As the show ended, I bumped into Jesika Von Rabbit at the bar. She was excited that her favorite Neil Young song had been played.


Neil Young and Promise of the Real Announce Fall Rebel Content Tour Schedule

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

by:  Alex Hudson

Neil Young and his backing band the Promise of the Real recently issued their politically charged album The Monsanto Years, and now they’ve announced plans to spread their anti-corporate message with a North American fall tour.

The relatively modest outing runs through the first half of October. It favours the western half of the continent, and includes a number of shows along the Pacific Coast including an appearance at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 5.

All told, the group have 11 shows booked. See the itinerary below.

For a taste of what the band sound like live, watch the hour-long performance film for The Monsanto Years at the bottom of the page.

Tour dates:

10/01 Missoula, MT – Adams Event Center
10/02 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
10/04 Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
10/05 Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/07 Portland, OR – Earle Chiles Center
10/08 Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
10/10 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
10/11 Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
10/13 La Jolla, CA – RIMAC Arena
10/14 Inglewood, CA – Forum
10/17 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley

“I got rug burns from the POTR” — Mary Jane Lane

Sunday, August 16th, 2015



Music lover and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real fan Mary Jane Lane (if that’s her real name), saw Lukas Nelson & Family in Concert in California, and posted this report.  TMI?  .

“I got rug burns from POTR
Leaning on that nasty stage carpet gave me rug burns on my arms.” — MJL

Neil Young’s letter to Promise of the Real

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

“Thanks to Promise of the Real for making this tour such a wonderful experience in my life.

I love all the bands I have played with, but this band (and the multi generational thing) is epic!

The ?#?RebelContentTour? was an experience I will never forget.  Once in a lifetime.

The guys, Lukas, Micah, Corey, Tony and Tato are the greatest!

Amazing how easy and natural it was to rock on the old songs and the brand new ones – from Cortez to Big Box, from Wolf Moon to Out On The Weekend.”

— Neil Young

“A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop”, Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Tato Melgar, Anthony Logerfo, and Corey McCormick (Camden, NJ 7/16/15)

Friday, July 17th, 2015

One of the songs from Neil Young and Promise of the Real’s epic 3 1/2 hour show last night @Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ 7/16/15. Thanks to Rick McGraw for posting this video.