Since forming 10 years ago, the buzz surrounding Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real has been intensifying. During that time, the 28-year old singer/songwriter/guitarist and his bandmates have played hundreds of shows and major festivals all over the world and built a devoted underground following. Lukas’ profile continued to rise when he contributed three songs and heavenly vocals to his dad Willie Nelson’s 2012 album, Heroes, their voices blending with potent DNA. Then two years later, life took another turn skyward when Neil Young made Promise of the Real his touring and studio band. Young has guided the grateful young musicians ever since, & they’ve backed the legend on tour around the world and on three albums. But none of what has come before will prepare you for the cosmic country soul of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, the band’s new, self-titled album, a mesmerizing, emotionally genuine, endlessly rewarding work on Fantasy Records. From the epic “Set Me Down on a Cloud” to the climactic “If I Started Over,” the album delivers one sublime song and inspired performance after another. “It’s just amazing how things have flowed,” Lukas marvels. “It feels divine in a way.”
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