On February 26, 2016, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will deliver its heavily-anticipated third album, Something Real, on the Royal Potato Family imprint.
Something Real documents the trail blazed by this hard-driving ensemble in its recent past. Most of all, it captures them in all their current glory as songwriters, performers and progenitors of the style they characterize as “cowboy hippie surf rock.”
The title track launches ahead of the full-length album release. Its slamming groove shifts in and out of double-time, jams on the brakes and takes off again as Nelson burns through a fiery guitar solo and demands, “I want to see you get mad I want to see you crying for me. Give me something real!”
With all the music on the album being performed at the Westerfeld Mansion, Something Real offers songs recorded in late 2014 but withheld until after the band’s historic session with Neil Young, The Monsanto Years, was released earlier this year. That album was followed by the launch of Neil Young + Promise of the Real’s Rebel Content Tour, which included recent performances at Farm Aid 30 in Chicago this September and at the 29th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert event in San Francisco earlier this month.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real consists of Nelson and his brother Micah Nelson on vocals and guitar, bassist/assistant engineer Corey McCormick, percussionist Tato Melgar and drummer Anthony LoGerfo. Production was by Promise of the Real and Stevie Chadie, whose many studio credits include session with Ray Benson, Merle Haggard, Jamey Johnson and Willie Nelson. Jerry Tub reprises his mastering role from the band’s previous album, Wasted.
Neil Young also makes a guest vocal appearance on the track “San Francisco.” “I love all the bands I have played with,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member says. “But this band (and the multi-generational thing) is epic!”
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on tour:
11/10/15 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, MD
11/11/15 Daryl’s House Pawling, NY
11/12/15 World Café Live Wilmington, DE
11/13/15 Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY (with Moe)
11/14/15 Putnam Den Saratoga Springs, NY
11/15/15 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
12/03/15 Rockbar Theater San Jose, CA
12/04/15 Smiley’s Schooner Saloon Bolinas, CA
12/05/15 Smiley’s Schooner Saloon Bolinas, CA
12/10/15 Saint Rocke Hermosa Beach, CA
12/11/15 The Malibu Inn Malibu, CA
12/12/15 Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Pioneertown, CA
12/13/15 The Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA
12/29/15 Austin City Limits Austin, TX (Willie Nelson & Family New Years)
12/30/15 Austin City Limits Austin, TX (Willie Nelson & Family New Years)
12/31/15 Austin City Limits Austin, TX (Willie Nelson & Family New Years)