Musical talent really does run in the family when it comes to the Nelson family.
After a decade on the road, on their own and playing behind the legendary Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & POTR have developed into one of America’s most dazzling live acts, attracting a deeply devoted following.
In support of their recently released self-titled album, the band crossed the pond for a run of shows in the UK – and left us entirely speechless.
Willie Nelson is one of the most iconic faces of US country music and he’s clearly passed on his genes when it comes to writing great music. With influences that range from literate Texas songsmiths like surrogate ‘uncles’ Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings, to J.J. Cale, The Band, Clapton-era Delaney & Bonnie and Neil Young, the band’s new album is one of the best records you’ll listen to this year.
On a hot summer night, Lukas Nelson and The Promise Of The Real make London’s The Garage feel like a July backyard session in Texas – string lights included. If “start as you mean to go on” was ever a thing, it definitely is on this night. Entirely Different Stars takes us into the twenty-track set that is laden with guitar solos that have the whole room spinning into musical oblivion.
Throughout the night, it is undeniable where Lukas’ roots lie, and even where some of his on stage mannerisms come from. But does anyone even mind? Because we sure as hell don’t. He presents us with a whirlwind of Southern goodness drenched with old school country music, guitar riffs to make your head spin and a hint (or two) of weed.
Tracks like recent single Carolina are exactly what make Lukas Nelson and his band stand out from the rest. Featuring guest vocals from none other than pop queen Lady Gaga on the record, the track is infectious and pure happiness. If it’s not on your summer playlist, you’re doing something wrong.
Nelson’s vocals are not only one of a kind, but also incredibly impressive which is well showcased on the Glen Campbell inspired gem, Just Outside of Austin. Think Adele can hold a note and give you goosebumps? Well, so can Lukas Nelson.
Having grown up hanging around some of the best musicians this world has to offer, it is no surprise that the covers Nelson plays this fine summer evening are just as stellar and well-picked as his own tracks.
There is, of course, a Willie Nelson cover with Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground. He also pays homage to Neil Young, who he had been touring with as part of his backing band for a few years now. And then there’s the stunning, and entirely breathtaking covers of Pearl Jam’s Just Breathe and Paul Simon’s Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes.
In between Nelson’s Forget About Georgia, which he wrote after breaking up with a girl named, you guess it, Georgia for whom he sang Georgia On My Mind every night, and the very sexy and crowd pleasing Find Yourself, which earned one of the biggest sing-alongs of the night.
Lukas Nelson and The Promise Of The Real send us off into the night with two additional, exceptional covers of the Rolling Stones’ Sympathy For The Devil, and Amazing Grace. Chills included.