As sun swiftly turned to clouds over the #XPNFest River Stage, Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real embarked on a journey of a set that turned each of his catchy country-rock songs into ten-minute-long worlds of their own. Walking onstage with his long hair and cowboy hat, Nelson seemed to follow in the vein of his famous father, Willie Nelson, but it soon became clearer and clearer that he intends on making his own unique mark on the music world. Continue reading →
I don’t have a FitBit, so I can’t tell you how many miles I actually walked around the Firefly Music Festival yesterday, but it was undoubtedly a lot. What can I say? There was so much great stuff to see — and some clunkers, admittedly. Continue reading →
He and his bandmates have been the backing players for Neil Young, he’s collaborated with his famous father Willie Nelson, and last year, rootsy singer-songwriter Lukas Nelson struck out on his on with his debut album Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real.
Today we’re happy to give you a first look at a new music video from Nelson and Promise of the Real; “Fool Me Once” is classically countrified song with a travelogue video that handily depicts life on the road for a working artist. Continue reading →
Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!
Lukas Nelson was in Philadelphia this week for a show at Union Transfer. Prior to taking the stage, he stopped by WXPN and joined the Dan & Dan Music Podcast. Lukas talks openly about his evolution as a songwriter, growing up the son of Willie Nelson, and his work touring & recording with Neil Young. He even sings us a short acapella verse from the first song he ever wrote. Hear it now.
New York experimental rock five-piece Guerilla Toss released its second full-length, GT ULTRA, back in June, and tonight the band brings the noise to PhilaMOCA. With warped synthesizer psychedelics and barreling dance rhythms, the band pivots between funk, punk and drove, with dynamic frontperson Kassie Carlson leading the fray Tickets to the all-ages show are still available, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Two years ago, Lukas Nelson, his brother Micah Nelson, and the membership of the ragged Promise of the Real were just coming into its own as backing band-collaborators of Neil Young for his Monsanto Years album and tour. The Nelson Brothers and their surfer buddies in Promise had recorded rough, jammy, Cali-countrified albums such as 2010’s Promise of the Real, and 2012’s Wasted, by that time (Micah is a solo artist under names such as The Particle Kid and Insects VS Robots), yet, between this then-new association with Young – to say nothing of their personal and professional lineage, playing and touring with their dad, Willie Nelson – there could have been a fear that legend would overshadow youthful ebullience and individuality.
“Willie’s my dad, Neil is our friend, both are masters and originals; why run from that?” Lukas Nelson told me back in 2015. Besides, with its slow, syrupy 2017 album Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real topping the Americana charts (along with the December 1 release of his collaboration with Young, The Visitor), Nelson & Co have found a sound, a niche and an audience all its own.
With that, they hit Union Transfer on November 14 as WXPN’s Artist to Watch for the month of November. Continue reading →
Three words that describe a country lover’s dream: Outlaw Music Festival. From legends in country and roots music to current top charters, the touring festival rooted has it all. Curated and headlined by Willie Nelson, the local stop of the event comes to Camden’s BB&T Pavillion on September 15th. Continue reading →
Following the release of Arcade Fire‘shighly anticipated new album Everything Now, the widely-loved indie-rockers-turned-mega-superstars return to play the Wells Fargo Center. Arcade Fire last played the Wells Fargo a little over three years ago — it was their first arena show in Philly and the band’s ambition has only grown since. Read The Key’s review of that show here, arrive early to see XPN Fest alums Preservation Hall Jazz Band open tonight’s show, and get ready for what’s sure to be a memorable experience. Continue reading →
After launching last year in Scranton, Willie Nelson‘s Outlaw Music Festival has become a road show for 2017, and the tour includes a stop at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden on Sunday, September 17th.
With Nelson in the headlining slot, the tour is fleshed out by Nashville country rocker Eric Church, alternative-era singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, Denver rockers Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, as well as Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Particle Kid, the project of Willie’s son J. Michael Nelson.Continue reading →