Lukas Nelson’s Star Shines Bright At Luck The Raw Emotions Of The Hushed Moments Highlight Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real's Set
LUCK, TX- Often times, the kids of famous entertainers suffer from the unenviable task of living up to their namesake when it comes to their own careers. Shadows can loom large … and if your pops is Willie Nelson … well, I’m pretty sure it’s a safe bet to say that that shadow is quite a looming one. It’s also a pretty safe bet to say that his son Lukas has successfully been able to step out from his father’s fame and cast a shadow of his own.
Lukas and his band, Promise of the Real, have been serious road warriors for what seems like forever, touring with Neil Young and also on their own. And sometime during his time off the road, he was able to release his fourth studio album, release his second collaboration with Neil Young, record his fifth studio album ( which is scheduled for release in June of this year) and serve as player, composer and producer of a large bulk of the award winning “A Star Is Born” motion picture soundtrack. His resume may not be as esteemed as his dad’s but he’s definitely on his own path to get there.
This was my second year seeing Lukas take the stage at Luck, and this year you could feel an added sense of anticipation in the air before he and his Promise of the Real stepped onto the stage. The crowd also felt more packed for his performance this time around as well, not only because his was the penultimate set on the festival’s main stage, but also because of the well-earned celebrity he garnered for his “A Star Is Born” work.
But let’s not get anything twisted. Celebrity aside, it’s his music that needs to be given special attention. There’s was a reason why Bradley Cooper used Lukas, and Lukas’ music, as his character’s inspiration in “A Star Is Born”. There’s just a certain earnest passion and honesty in the music that he writes and performs. You can’t fake that kind of integrity and fire.
While it’s always a joy to see Lukas and his players let loose with a wild one on stage (watching Promise of The Real’s bassist Corey McCormick fly through the air with his instrument is guaranteed to get your pulse racing), this time around, I was particularly moved by hushed moments of his performance.
Lukas’ raw emotions came flooding out on “Forget About Georgia”, a mournfully longing song about a love that was never destined to be. As he pinched his eye shut tight reaching for the high notes on the chorus, his emotion was amplified tenfold when everyone in the audience sang in full voice “And each night I pray I’ll forget about Georgia” … man … that had the hairs on my neck standing at full attention.
Another emotional moment came during “Just Outside of Austin” (a song he wrote dedicated to Luck), and when he belted the “just outside of Austin, I think I fell in love with you again” chorus (which is sung in his floating falsetto on the studio recording), the crowd cheered sang along with every chorus. Lukas knows how to put his crowd into a mood, and he did that during his performance of “The Real Simple Life”, as his mellow aura, accompanied by a funky bass line, imbued the audience with fantastic sense of ease until he turned it up to eleven with a seamless, rowdy segue into “Livin’ It Up”
With new music on the horizon, his tireless worth ethic, and seemingly unending life on the road, I’m sure that there’ll be more music, and opportunities, for his fans sing along too for years come
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