With a six-decade career and 200-plus albums, iconic Texan Willie Nelson is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy,” “Red Headed Stranger,” and “Stardust.” He has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force.
In 2015, Nelson teamed up with Merle Haggard for the Django And Jimmie, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country album chart and No. 7 on Billboard‘s Top 200 album chart. In November 2015, the Library of Congress honored Nelson with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, making him the first country artist to receive the distinguished award. 2016 began with the release of Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, a collection of 11 newly recorded Gershwin classics, which debuted at No. 1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart, as well as earned Nelson a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In April 2017, Nelson released God’s Problem Child, his 72nd studio album, featuring 13 new songs.
Since forming 10 years ago, the buzz surrounding Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real has been quietly 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 decided to make Promise of the Real his touring and studio band.
These experiences were undoubtedly invaluable, but none of what has come before will prepare listeners 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 set for release 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.