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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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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 →