Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
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|Also known as||POTR|
|Origin||Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Rock, country rock, roots rock|
|Associated acts||Willie Nelson|
Grace Potter and The Nocturnals
Stevie Ray Vaughan
|Members||Lukas Nelson |
|Past members||Merlyn Kelly|
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, sometimes referred to as POTR, is an American country rock group based in California. The band consists of Lukas Nelson (lead vocals, guitar), Anthony LoGerfo (drums, percussion), Corey McCormick (bass guitar, vocals), Logan Metz (keyboards, lap steel, guitar, harmonica, vocals), and Tato Melgar (percussion). Lukas is the son of Willie Nelson.
Since 2015, Promise of the Real have been Canadian musician Neil Young's regular backing band. The band has recorded two studio albums with Young, The Monsanto Years (2015) and The Visitor (2017), a soundtrack album, Paradox (2018), and a live album, Earth (2016).
- 1 History
- 1.1 Formation of Promise of the Real
- 1.2 Live Beginnings (2008–2009)
- 1.3 Brando's Paradise Sessions EP and Departure of Merlyn Kelly (2009)
- 1.4 Promise of the Real Touring Appearances (2010–2012)
- 1.5 Wasted (2012)
- 1.6 Willie Nelson's Heroes (2012)
- 1.7 Collaborations with Neil Young
- 1.8 Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (2017)
- 1.9 Willie Nelson & The Boys (Willie's Stash, Vol. 2) (2017)
- 1.10 A Star Is Born (2018)
- 2 Discography
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Formation of Promise of the Real
Lukas Autry Nelson moved from Paia, Hawaii to Los Angeles in 2007 to attend Loyola Marymount University. In 2008, Nelson met drummer Anthony LoGerfo at a Neil Young concert and they began playing music together in Seal Beach, California.
Live Beginnings (2008–2009)
The band played its first shows in the fall of 2008, selling its first EP Live Beginnings to pay for touring. The album contained live tracks recorded at the “Belly Up” venue in Solana Beach, California.
In January 2009, the band began a nine-show tour opening for Willie Nelson, including a five-night stop at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Following that tour the band embarked on a two-week tour with B.B. King through Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Nebraska.
Brando's Paradise Sessions EP and Departure of Merlyn Kelly (2009)
In April 2009, Promise of the Real released its first studio EP, Brando’s Paradise Sessions. Its cover art became the basis for the band's peace sign logo.
Promise of the Real Touring Appearances (2010–2012)
The band released its first album, Promise of the Real, in December 2010.
Promise of the Real was recorded in Austin, Texas at Pedernales Studios in March 2010. Album engineer Steve Chadie's 6-year-old daughter provided the cover art. The album also contains a booklet of paintings and illustrations created on stage by Lukas's brother, Micah, during the band's concerts.
The album consists of 12 tracks and one bonus track. The band paid homage to two influences, Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young, in the songs “Pali Gap/Hey Baby" and “L.A.” The band covered “Peaceful Solution”, a song written by Lukas's father, Willie Nelson, and his sister Amy Niccore. And Willie sang back up on “Sound of Your Memory” and “Fathers and Mothers”. Lukas's aunt, Bobbie Nelson, played piano on "Fathers and Mothers".
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real played more than 200 shows across the United States during 2011, promoting “Promise of the Real”. Major festival appearances included Stagecoach, Farm Aid, Bridge School Benefit, Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground, and Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour. The band also made national TV appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and the Late Show with David Letterman.
The band frequently opened shows for Willie Nelson in 2012 during which Lukas played with his father's band.
The band released its second studio album, Wasted, on April 3, 2012. Following the album's release, the band embarked on a national tour at Antone's Nightclub in Austin, Texas.
The band was featured on a webcast through Yahoo Music that was shot at TRI Studios, Bob Weir’s studio. The webcast aired on April 17, 2012 and has been viewed by hundreds of thousands. The band was featured as the homepage artist on Yahoo music.
Willie Nelson's Heroes (2012)
Willie Nelson’s album Heroes released on May 15, 2012, featured Lukas on 10 of the 14 tracks.
Willie and Promise of the Real performed a cover of Pearl Jam’s "Just Breathe" live on Willie's Roadhouse channel on Sirius XM on May 15, 2012. Lukas and his father performed "Texas Flood" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on May 14, 2012.
Collaborations with Neil Young
The Monsanto Years (2015)
In January 2015, Neil Young and the band, including Lukas' brother (but non band member) Micah Nelson, recorded the concept album The Monsanto Years. The album includes "A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop" which targets Starbucks and its use of genetically-modified food. POTR and Micah toured as Young's backing band in 2015 and 2016.
The Visitor (2017)
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (2017)
The band's Fantasy Records self-titled debut album, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, was released on August 25, 2017. The album hit No. 1 on the Americana Radio Chart the week of November 10, 2017 Lady Gaga, with whom Nelson was collaborating with on A Star Is Born, provided backing vocals on two tracks. The album earned the band its first Americana Music Awards nomination for Duo/Group of the Year.
Willie Nelson & The Boys (Willie's Stash, Vol. 2) (2017)
On October 20, 2017, Legacy Recordings released "Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2)", a family collaboration showcasing Willie, Lukas, and Micah performing a selection of American country music classics, including seven penned by Hank Williams, Sr.
A Star Is Born (2018)
A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper and starring Cooper and Lady Gaga, was released in October 2018. Nelson co-produced the music for the film, writing songs with Gaga, after being hired as an authenticity consultant to Cooper. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real appear in the film as Cooper's band. Nelson won a BAFTA Award for Original Music for his work.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Promise of the Real||
|Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real||
|Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)||151||19||—||9||4||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|The Monsanto Years
(with Neil Young)
(with Neil Young)
|Brando's Paradise Sessions EP||June 2009|
|Live Beginnings||October 2008|
|Live Endings||December 2012|
|Earth (with Neil Young)||June 2016|
|Dumb and Dumber To||November 7, 2014|
|The Ranch||April 1, 2016|
|My Little Pony: The Movie||September 22, 2017|
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