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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Recently, after seeing Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real play here in Portland I picked up their newly released CD, “Live Endings”. I first heard this band last April when I ran across their Yahoo concert streaming live over the internet, and let me tell you, the bold promise they make in their name is not one they take lightly. Their music delivers real thought and real emotion. It’s played the way music should be played. Not the over-analyzed, over-commercialized, and over-marketed crap we hear all over corporate radio today that stifles the creative moment in a death grip. When you hear these guys play live you are listening to what they are feeling at that very moment–their heart and soul is what you’re hearing–and you become part of the music with them.

Nelson, on lead guitar and vocals, is the son of music legend Willie Nelson and a lifetime spent at the knees of some of greatest musical artists of the nineteenth century is obvious. This guy was taught the blues by B.B. King, for God’s sake! He’s an amalgam of the best rock, blues, folk, and, of course, country/western that has ever been played in history. Combine that with influences he’s picked up in music he’s gravitated to on his own–Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, (Pink) Floyd, etc.–and you’ve got a guy that can take on any kind of music that falls under the label “Americana” and deftly incorporate those styles into his own sound.

The other members of POTR hold their own along with Nelson. Corey McCormick on bass provides a depth to the music, Tato Melgar brings a sense of the exotic on percussion with his Latin beats, and Anthony LoGerfo on drums holds them all together. And as for the sound of Nelson’s voice, it’s undeniably reminiscent of his father’s, although without the deep, mellowing that comes with the decades. It’s raw, just as it should be with this type of music.

I’m really into POTR and wanted to share my excitement in seeing real, honest-to-God musicians playing great rock ‘n roll again. I  hope, hope, HOPE this band takes off. It’s been an awful long time since we’ve had actual talent trump marketing packages, and I don’t know about you but I am really ready to feel music again. My excitement over the possibilities of this band grows every time I hear them.

So, without further adieu—Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real!!!

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real; “Hoochie, Coochie Man”

Muddy Waters’ “Hoochie Coochie Man”, electrified.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, “Four Letter Word”

POTR’s original Southern rock song: “Four Letter Word”.

Willie and Lukas Nelson, “It’s Floodin’ Down in Texas”

Deep blues performed with Willie Nelson: “It’s Floodin’ Down in Texas”

Lukas’s country roots come through on “Can You Hear Me Love You”.

Here’s a link to a previous post where I wrote about Willie and Lukas’s cover of the Pearl Jam song, “Just Breathe” and a link to the song on YouTube.

Outlaw Generations

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Recently, while on a search for new music I ran across Lukas Nelson. As soon as I heard his voice I was hooked. It’s raw. It’s real. It will probably sound very familiar to you, there’s a tightness in it that is instantly recognizable. In fact, it’s a sound you’ve probably heard all your life because he inherited it from his father, Willie Nelson.

In their cover of Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe” you can hear the passing of the musical torch in the blending of their voices. The deeper, full voice of the father’s reflecting years of experience, juxtapositioned against the youthful energy of the son’s. It’s also heard in the tones of their guitars. Willie’s legendary “Trigger”, a 1969 Martin N-20, has a richness that is equal to Willie’s own voice, while Lukas’s electric guitar reflects the intensity of a young man setting out on his own. You can hear three generations of music in this one song; straightforward country, the artistry of the 60s & 70s, and the thoughtful melancholy of 1990s Grunge, thanks to Eddie Vedder’s beautiful lyrics which cut straight to the heart of the human experience and the passing of time. What must his words (below) mean to the father and son singing them.

This song is included on Willie’s latest album, “Heroes”.

“Just Breathe”

Yes, I understand that every life must end, uh-huh
As we sit alone, I know someday we must go, uh-huh
Oh I’m a lucky man, to count on both hands the ones I love
Some folks just have one, yeah, others, they’ve got none
Stay with me…
Let’s just breathe…
Practiced all my sins, never gonna let me win, uh-huh
Under everything, just another human being, uh-huh
I don’t wanna hurt, there’s so much in this world to make me bleed
Stay with me
You’re all I see…
Did I say that I need you?
Did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t I’m a fool you see
No one knows this more than me
As I come clean…
I wonder everyday, as I look upon your face, uh-huh
Everything you gave
And nothing you would save, oh no
Nothing you would take
Everything you gave…
Did I say that I need you?
Oh, did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t I’m a fool you see
No one knows this more than me
And I come clean, ah…
Nothing you would take
Everything you gave
Hold me til I die
Meet you on the other side…

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