Lukas Nelson, son of legendary country singer Willie Nelson, is very busy these days. Nelson and his band, Promise of the Real, have been touring and recording with Neil Young for the last three years or more. They recorded The Monsanto Years with Young and when they are not on the road with Young, Nelson is busy creating his own music.
Bradley Cooper recruited Nelson to help out on his new move project a remake of A Star Is Born. He started writing with Stefani (Lady Gaga), who’s in the movie. As he got more involved in the film, he was able to bring the whole band into the film project.
Nelson and the band are embarking on a big headlining tour in 2018. They will be making a lot of festival appearances such as New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Stagecoach, Shakey Knees Festival, the Strawberry Music Festival, Bottlerock Music Festival, Upstream Music Fest, and the Firefly Music Festival.
This is Nelson’s first Country Thunder experience. Nelson and the band flew into Arizona this a.m. from a show in Austin last night. AXS was able to catch up with Nelson at Country Thunder for a brief interview before leaving the site for the next show in Florida tomorrow. Here are the highlights.
AXS: Your set was a show-stopping experience. Who are your influences when you play guitar?
Lukas Nelson: Well, first I learned from my dad. I toured with B.B. King and John Fogerty and learned from them. I grew up in Austin and there are a lot of great cats and musicians that I’ve been around. I grew up listening to the blues, Eric Clapton, Hendrix and Stevie Ray. Also listened to Robert Johnson and all the Delta blues. I listened to Wolfe and Hubert Sumlin and T. Bone Walker. I listened and started cutting my teeth on it. I studied it and I practiced playing the guitar. I was ten or eleven when I started playing guitar.
AXS: You released a new album recently. Can you tell me about that?
LN: We released Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on August 27 of last year. We are still promoting it pretty heavily because it’s been in the top ten since the release. It went to number one and there are still three songs, one at number three on the Americana charts. It’s really doing well and steadily staying out there. We are trying to get it to as many people as we can.
AXS: Are you working on new music?
LN: I am working on some new tracks that I’ve recorded and written. I’ve actually gotten into the studio and completed a new album. I have maybe twenty new tracks recorded and I have maybe ten more songs to record. We are thinking about releasing something soon maybe an EP with “Forget about Georgia” on it. Also, it will include a few unreleased tracks from the last session. It was recorded at The Village in Santa Monica.
AXS: You are all over the place touring this summer. You will be performing at New Orleans Jazz Fest next?
LN: Yes that will be April 27.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will be doing the Stagecoach Spotlight Tour with Tyler Childers. Grab your tickets to catch Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real here.