Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are “a force to be reckoned with” on new LP, out today


Today, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real release their new, self-titled album via Fantasy Records. After a decade on the road, on their own and playing behind the legendary Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & POTR have developed into one of America’s most dazzling live acts and attracting a deeply devoted following.

Interwoven with influences that fuse literate Texas songsmiths like Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and of course Lukas’ dad Willie Nelson plus J.J. Cale, The Band, Clapton-era Delaney & Bonnie, and the aforementioned Neil Young, the new album has been hailed as a major leap forward by publications around the world including Rolling Stone, Associated Press, UNCUT, Entertainment Weekly, Texas Monthly, American Songwriter, Uproxx, All Music and many more.

Listen to Lukas Nelson and Lady Gaga on the soulful rocker “Find Yourself”:

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are set to perform on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, September 5th. In addition, Lukas Nelson will make his Grand Ole Opry debut with a solo appearance on September 12th. (Other performers that night include Trace Adkins, Jon Pardi and The Gatlin Brothers.)

Major dates this fall include the AmericanaFest, Outlaw Music Festival (with Willie Nelson & Family, Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow and Margo Price among others), Farm Aid, and the Austin City Limits Festival. In November, the band begins a run with Nikki Lane on the Stagecoach Spotlight Tour. See all dates below.

Recorded at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real was produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) and features the band’s six-piece line-up: Lukas Nelson (guitar, vocals), Tato Melgar (percussion), Anthony LoGerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass, vocals) along with new members Jesse Siebenberg (steel guitars, Farfisa organ, vocals) and Alberto Bof (piano, Wurlitzer, B3). Jess Wolfe and Holly Lessig of the indie-pop group Lucius contribute angelic background vocals on five tracks and Lady Gaga added stirring vocals to “Carolina” and “Find Yourself.” Elsewhere, the lilting, Glen Campbell inspired gem, “Just Outside of Austin” features a classic Willie Nelson guitar solo, and piano from Lukas’ 86-year-old Aunt Bobbi.

Praise for ‘Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’:
“At 28, Lukas is the real deal and deserves to be treated seriously, independent of his father’s legacy.” — Associated Press

“Lukas Nelson’s live show is a thing to behold, full of frenetic energy and the singer-guitarist’s infectious charisma.” — Rolling Stone

“The sextet’s latest displays a newfound confidence, brokering country-soul, Southern rock, and R&B with some panache.” — UNCUT

“The band’s best work…the record is a huge leap forward for Nelson, whose improved songwriting prowess is evident.” — Entertainment Weekly

“Lukas is a force to be reckoned with.” — Uproxx

“Raw and authentic…Lukas is carrying on Willie’s tradition, pushing the outlaw boundaries his famous father established in the ’70s and proving that the musical apple truly does not fall far from the tree.” — American Songwriter

“Lukas Nelson is on the verge of a major breakthrough.” — Cowboys & Indians

“Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s eponymous fourth album will go down as his magnum opus.” — Austin Chronicle

“A pure pleasure.” — AllMusic

“Already a contender of Americana album of the year.” — Houston Press

Watch: Introducing Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Track List:
1. Set Me Down on a Cloud
2. Die Alone
3. Fool Me Once
4. Just Outside of Austin
5. Carolina
6. Runnin’ Shine
7. Find Yourself
8. Four Letter Word
9. High Times
10. Breath Of My Baby
11. Forget About Georgia
12. If I Started Over

8/31 — Amagansett, NY @ The Stephen Talkhouse
9/02 — Ketchum, ID @ Wagon Days 60th Parade Street Party
9/03 — Sun Valley, ID @ The Pavilion At Sun Valley
9/08 — Holmdel, NJ @ Outlaw Music Festival
9/09 — Wantagh, NY @ Outlaw Music Festival
9/10 — Hershey, PA @ Outlaw Music Festival
9/13 — Nashville, TN @ AmericanaFest
9/15 — Cleveland, OH @ Outlaw Music Festival
9/16 — Burgettstown, PA @ Farm Aid ’17
9/17 — Philadelphia, PA @ Outlaw Music Festival
9/19 — Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
9/20 — Nags Head, NC @ Kelly’s
9/21 — Charleston, NC @ Music Farm
9/22 — Hot Springs, NC @ Deep Water Soul Fest
9/23 — Hot Springs, NC @ Deep Water Soul Fest
9/30 — Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
10/01 — Morrison, CO @ Laid Back Festival
10/04 — Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
10/06 — Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/08 — San Francisco, CA @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest
10/08 — San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10/10 — Dallas, TX @ Cambridge Room
10/11 — Austin, TX @ Antone’s
10/13 — Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/14 — Houston, TX @ 15th Annual Ziegenbock Music Festival
10/18 — London, UK @ The Borderline
10/19 — Paris, FR @ Cafe de la Danse
10/20 — Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden
10/21 — Antwerp, BE @ Arenberg
10/23 — Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
10/29 — Placerville, CA @ Hangtown Festival
11/01 — Chicago, IL @ Park West*
11/02 — Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club*
11/03 — Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe*
11/04 — Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave at Eagles Auditorium*
11/05 — Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Cafe*
11/10 — Birmingham, AL @ Saturn*v 11/11 — Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse*
11/12 — Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall*
11/14 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer*
11/15 — Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live*
11/17 — Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall*
11/18 — Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios*
11/19 — Rutland, VT @ Paramount*

*Stagecoach Spotlight Tour w/ Nikki Lane