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XPNFest Recap: Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real command the river stage

Lukas Nelson | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com

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 →

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Lukas Nelson’s “Fool Me Once” video is an honest travelogue of life on tour

Lukas Nelson | photo by Myriam Santos | courtesy of the artist
Lukas Nelson | photo by Myriam Santos | courtesy of the artist

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.

Released in August, the album established Lukas as an artist in his own right, not just someone with a famous last name; he was named an XPN Artist to Watch in November, and is on the lineup of this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival.

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 →

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The Promise to Keep it Real: Lukas Nelson talks with the Dan & Dan Music Podcast

Lukas Nelson | photo by Myriam Santos | courtesy of the artist
Lukas Nelson | photo by Myriam Santos | courtesy of the artist

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Guerilla Toss at PhilaMOCA, Lukas Nelson at Union Transfer, Bully at the First Unitarian Church and more

Guerilla Toss | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

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.
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Lukas Nelson and Co. bring the real

Lukas Nelson | photo by Myriam Santos | courtesy of the artist
Lukas Nelson | photo by Myriam Santos | courtesy of the artist

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 →

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Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Fest Set Times Announced

Willie Nelson | photo by James Minchin. Courtesy of the artist.

Curated and headlined by Willie Nelson, the local stop of the event comes to Camden’s BB&T Pavillion this Saturday, September 15th. Its 5th stop of the festival’s tour, Saturday’s lineup features performances by Willie Nelson and son Lukas Nelson, Van Morrison, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Greensky Bluegrass and Particle Kid.  For details on the festival, click here to give a listen to music from the artists on the bill, beginning with Willie Nelson’s latest single “Last Man Standing.”

Find Festival Info & Tickets Here. 

Check out Camden’s Outlaw Festival set times below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Tedeschi Trucks Band and more will play Outlaw Music Fest in Camden

Willie Nelson and Family | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Arcade Fire at Wells Fargo Center, Willie Nelson at BB&T Pavilion, Annachristie Sapphire at Bourbon and Branch

Arcade Fire | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Following the release of Arcade Fire‘s highly 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 →

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Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Nathaniel Rateliff and more will play Outlaw Music Fest in Camden

Willie Nelson | photo by Joe Del Tufo

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 →