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Country - Released March 27, 2020 | Fantasy

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Country - Released June 14, 2019 | Fantasy

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Lukas Nelson has compared his rootsy Promise of the Real to The Band, noting: "They supported so many incredible people throughout their career, but they were also focused on their own music." (Nelson has played behind Neil Young as well as his dad, Willie.) You can also catch a Band vibe on "Out In LA," which is all jam-band ease before breaking into a Robbie Robertson-esque guitar solo, and the loose-limbed "Lotta Fun," featuring Margo Price on backing vocals. Elsewhere, Sheryl Crow lends warmth to the title track and Kesha gets funky on "Save A Little Heartache." There's plenty of genre-hopping: jangle-pop for "Bad Case," Hollies-ish sweetness for "Where Does Love Go,” the Southern rock boogie of "Something Real" and a surprising tropical shine on "Stars Made of You." The singer’s mentors show up — Willie and his beloved guitar Trigger for "Mystery" and Young playing pump organ on an acoustic version of the title track — but Nelson is right: his sound is his own. © Qobuz
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Country - Released August 25, 2017 | Fantasy Records

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After creating a stir for himself having performed alongside Neil Young on stage as well as on records (The Monsanto Years, Earth and The Visitor), Lukas Nelson finally starts his solo career with the simply titled Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real. With his band, Promise Of The Real funnily enough, he had already penned three other opuses that had remained rather confidential: Promise Of The Real in 2010, Wasted in 2012 and Something Real in 2016. This time, the work that was released during the Autumn of 2017 benefits from a real production and a more serious cast. It mostly abounds with everything that Willie Nelson’s son has ever heard, from when he was born right up until now: his father’s records, of course, those of his Canadian employer as well, but also a lot of blues, southern soul, guitar rock and music from the 70s. A vast catchall of Americana that never sounds dusty, even if it’s not really original. But Lukas Nelson puts such a veneer of sincerity and vitality into his songs that it’s hard not to follow him on his 100% American road trip… As for guests, the entire family’s there (the dad Willie, aunt Bobbie and brother Micah), as well as, in the choruses of two titles… Lady Gaga! Yes, the real Lady Gaga, who we never imagined in such a rootsy environment. © CM/Qobuz
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Country - Released September 7, 2018 | Fantasy Records

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Country - Released August 25, 2017 | Fantasy Records

After creating a stir for himself having performed alongside Neil Young on stage as well as on records (The Monsanto Years, Earth and The Visitor), Lukas Nelson finally starts his solo career with the simply titled Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real. With his band, Promise Of The Real funnily enough, he had already penned three other opuses that had remained rather confidential: Promise Of The Real in 2010, Wasted in 2012 and Something Real in 2016. This time, the work that was released during the Autumn of 2017 benefits from a real production and a more serious cast. It mostly abounds with everything that Willie Nelson’s son has ever heard, from when he was born right up until now: his father’s records, of course, those of his Canadian employer as well, but also a lot of blues, southern soul, guitar rock and music from the 70s. A vast catchall of Americana that never sounds dusty, even if it’s not really original. But Lukas Nelson puts such a veneer of sincerity and vitality into his songs that it’s hard not to follow him on his 100% American road trip… As for guests, the entire family’s there (the dad Willie, aunt Bobbie and brother Micah), as well as, in the choruses of two titles… Lady Gaga! Yes, the real Lady Gaga, who we never imagined in such a rootsy environment. © CM/Qobuz
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Country - Released March 27, 2020 | Fantasy

Naked Garden opens with the lazy, winding "Entirely Different Stars," wherein the narrator imagines drifting off to other planets to get a different perspective on the world. Fittingly enough, that idea extends to Naked Garden itself, with the album shedding light upon its predecessor, Turn Off the News, Build a Garden. This 2020 collection was recorded at the same sessions as Turn Off the News and, indeed, nearly half of the album is devoted to alternate takes of songs from that 2019 LP. Some of these are extended, one is an acoustic variation, but they all have one thing in common: they're looser and shaggier than the cuts on Turn Off the News. That same sensibility extends to the unheard tunes gathered. Even a song as soft and sweet as "Focus on the Music" -- one of many attempts to cook up a bit of a slow Southern soul groove -- feels a bit unkempt, with its loose ends proudly paraded in public, a suspicion bolstered by the studio chatter and amiably shambling performances. Naked Garden winds up being the inverse of Turn Off the News, Build a Garden. Where that album was designed to showcase the Promise of the Real as a muscular outfit capable of pleasing boundless festival crowds, Naked Garden is relaxed and intimate, the work of a group digging their own scene, but it's a bit more ingratiating because of that. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Rock - Released March 11, 2016 | The Royal Potato Family

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Country - Released June 14, 2019 | Fantasy

Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real kick off Turn Off the News, Build a Garden with "Bad Case," a pop tune powered by an incandescent jangle of riffs that evokes memories of the Byrds, or perhaps R.E.M. It's an appropriate opening salvo for a record that is lithe and bright, functioning in some ways as the flipside to the group's 2017 major-label debut for Fantasy. Where that eponymous album tilted toward burlier Americana and weathered country, Turn Off the News, Build a Garden is relaxed and open-hearted. Working its way through rockers made to bask in the sunshine, Turn Off the News has its share of barbed protest -- most evident on the second version of the title track, an acoustic rendition which ends with Nelson cussing -- the record winds up delivering on its title promise by offering organic music designed to be a sustainable resource. Taking advantage of the opportunities that have come their way since they teamed up with Neil Young -- opportunities that included contributions to Bradley Cooper's Oscar-winning 2018 remake of A Star Is Born -- the Promise of the Real do sound bigger than they did in their earliest days, and they sound wilier, too. Unlike a lot of Americana bands, Nelson and co. have omnivorous tastes and a sense of humor, a combination that results in slow-grooving R&B numbers, sun-kissed pop, rangy rockers, and a persistent good vibe. In troubled times, the band have managed to deliver an album filled with optimism, and that's a remarkable feat. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Country - Released April 27, 2018 | Fantasy Records

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Country - Released March 6, 2020 | Fantasy

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Country - Released February 14, 2020 | Fantasy