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article imageInterview with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 2, 2013 in Entertainment
On August 2, I chatted via telephone with Lukas Nelson, the lead singer and lead guitarist of the group, Promise of the Real. He is the son of Country Music Hall of Famer Willie Nelson.
When he first started out in music, Lukas noted that he was really into blues, which included such artists as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. “Before that, I listened to Frank Sinatra and The 13th Floor Elevators,” he said. “Then I got into Pearl Jam, Nirvana and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. I am into electronic music and hip-hop. I like all music as long as it’s good.”
Lukas revealed that his band’s name “Promise of the Real” originated from the chorus of the Neil Young song “Walk On.”
His latest album “Wasted” came out in April of 2012, via his label, Tone Tide Records. “I wrote all of the songs on the bus. I compiled all the songs that I thought should be on the record and I put them on there. I write songs almost every day, so it’s just a matter of using the most important ones that are most meaningful to me at the time, and those are the ones that make the record,” he said.
The acclaimed singer-songwriter listed “Frame of Mind” as his favorite track from the “Wasted” CD.
On his plans for the future, Lukas shared, “We are going to spend a lot of time in the studio for our next record and we are going to get really creative there. I will be talking to a lot of producers and a great deal of time will be spent on it. That’s what I am looking forward to.”
Lukas added that he will be a part of Willie Nelson’s “Farm Aid” concert on September 21, 2013, which will take place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Speaking of his father, Lukas sang and played guitar on 10 out of 14 tunes on Willie Nelson’s “Heroes” album, which came out on May 15, via Legacy Recordings. He also wrote or co-wrote three tracks on that collection as well. “We did that about two years ago and it was a really great experience. I was happy to be with my dad,” he said.
Prior to his live shows, Lukas tries to get quiet with himself, as well as meditate, stretch and do yoga. “I try to get a feel for the crowd and then I go for it,” he said.
In 2011, Lukas toured with Brantley Gilbert, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell and Jamey Johnson on Willie Nelson’s “Country Throwdown” tour. “That was really fun and I made a lot of good friends on that tour. There were some great musicians there. I had a really good time,” he said.
On July 26, one of Lukas’ biggest musical heroes, Grammy-winning musician J.J. Cale passed away and further noted that he was upset, especially since he would have loved to play or collaborate with him.
To learn more about Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, visit his official website.
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