The Penguin Presents:
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Lukas Nelson has no more footsteps to follow other than his own.
On the new Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real album, Something Real, he and his band take us further down the path Nelson been blazing since 2008, when he and drummer Anthony LoGerfo met at a Neil Young concert and began laying the groundwork for Promise of the Real. Now they’ve reached a point where the past and present have fused into one extraordinary personality.
As with all creative artists, Nelson’s course has been somewhat unpredictable. Though born to country music royalty, he has followed a different muse. Or, more accurately, he has introduced a bunch of muses to each other and locked them into an imaginary room to spend some wild time together.
Something Real is what came out of that room once the party had ended — one vision, rich in its influences, unique and irresistible. Which is to say, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.
One reason for that is that Nelson’s music transcends time. Something Real explodes with a 21st-century urgency. It hits grooves hard on the up-tempo tracks and digs into dark emotional depths in its moodier moments. It’s also haunted by spirits of the past. If the music of Hendrix, Waylon, Duane Allman and other archangels haunt your dreams now and then, you’ll find plenty to love in Something Real.
“Music is like color,” says Nelson, whose intellectual ramblings are as freewheeling as his music. “When I listen to the musicians who affected me when I was growing you, I take from the primary colors to find my foundation. Then I apply secondary colors and the music becomes more and more complex.”
We sincerely hope to see you at the show.