Lukas Nelson’s Promise of the Real
July 31, 2012
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Lukas Nelson has a lot of big-name musical influences.
Other than being the son of Grammy Award-winning Willie Nelson, his houseguests included Neil Young, Bob Dylan and the late Johnny Cash.
"I also listened to a lot of music like Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd," Nelson said during a phone call from the road in California. "I also liked grunge because I grew up in the ’90s."
When it came to deciding the type of music he wanted to play on his own, Nelson went with the flow.
"I just play the music that I want to play," he said with a laugh. "It doesn’t matter what style it is as long as it makes me feel good."
Lukas Nelson and his band, Promise of the Real, will play their own style of rock at Canyons Resort, on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.
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The band Nelson, percussionist Tato Melgar, drummer Anthony LoGerfo, bassist Corey McCormick and image projectionist and Lukas’ brother Micah is touring in support of it’s second album "Wasted," the follow up to its self-titled debut that was released in the winter of 2010.
"Everything worked out great with ‘Wasted,’" Nelson said. "We went into the studio and did it. Compared to how we did the past record, we didn’t really change anything in the way we recorded ‘Wasted.’"
The band recorded all 14 tracks live.
"There are a lot of benefits to recording with the whole band," Nelson said. "I can pretty much communicate with everyone when we play together. There’s the vibe of all of us being together at one time and that also works because we can capture a magical moment, you know?"
Nelson wrote all the lyrics and the music.
"I’m not sure how it happens," he said. "I usually write generally based on how I feel at the time.
"I may be on the road or not, but it really doesn’t matter," Nelson said. "I just know when I’ve got a song stuck in my head and I write it down."
The band and Jim "Moose" Brown, guitarist for Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, produced the album.
"We all had a hand in the production, but Moose had all the equipment in his house," Nelson said. "He is a genius musician and it was great working with him."
Throughout his career, Nelson has been able to share the stage with legends that any up-and-coming musician would die for.
"I got to play with Bob Dylan a few times, so that was great, and I got to be up there with Neil Young," he said.
Still, making records and touring is his biggest reward.
"I love being able to hit the road with my bandmates," he said. "We work hard and we play hard and that’s very rewarding."
While the touring is part of the job, he does have another goal in mind when it comes to his music.
"First of all, I always challenge myself to make better music," he said. "I want to record better and produce it better., and that all comes down to trying to create the best quality music out there that I can.
"I would like to be able to take a break after a while," he said. "We’ve been touring nonstop for four years now. So, I would also like to play to big audiences everywhere we go, so we won’t have to play as many shows, you know?"
When that happens, Nelson already has plans for the extra time he’ll have.
"I would really like to get into the studio and spend a couple of months making a masterpiece record," he said. "When we made these last two records, we’ve done all the tracking in five days or less and then we’re done. I dream of a time when we can spend weeks and even months on recording."
Until then, Nelson and Promise of the Real will continue their lightning-paced recording sessions and continual touring.
"I can’t wait to get to Park City," he said. "We’re planning to play some new stuff that I recorded a couple of days ago, and we’ll also play songs from the past two records we put out."
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will play Canyons Resort, on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.mountaintownmusic.org.