12 Songs, 53 Minutes


The Neil Young prodigies find their own rhythm.

Mastered for iTunes


The Neil Young prodigies find their own rhythm.

Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
55 Ratings
55 Ratings

Soulful. Persistently Pleasing.

I've heard many of these songs before, performed live. Just as good here. Lukas Nelson seems to be on the verge of major commercial success--and I'm so happy about this, because it makes it more likely we will continue to enjoy his words and music for many years to come.
"Just Outside of Austin", "Georgia", and "Find Yourself" are my faves--the kind of songs you can listen to over and over and over and not tire of them. Instead, I feel closer, more attuned, with each listen. iTunes has categorized this as a country LP, but good gawd--it's soul. It will speak to your soul. Move your soul. Stir your heart.
Congrats on a wonderful collection of songs that will be added to the list that accompanies me on my daily drive from Spicewood to Austin--goes just right with the Texas Hill Country environs.


Chris Stapleton meets the ghost of Glen Campbell

There is of course the inevitable comparison to his Dad Willie but Lukas Nelson has clearly absorbed the Soul of many country greats while clearly forging his own path. A total joy for a alternative music gal like me that hasn't been a fan of the new "bro country" but loves old school Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell along with new talents like Chris Stapleton and Alabama Shakes. Must be played as an album - spend the $10 and support this guy!

Art Underground

The 3 tracks released in advance are great!

This could be the album that brings mainstream attention. Great songs, great band!
Holly & Jess from Lucius really deliver on the background vocals, and they are prominent in the mix making them an integral part of the songs. Great guitar playing on the entire album.

About Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Lukas Nelson began his career at a young age touring with his father, country music icon Willie Nelson. After relocating from Paia, Hawaii in 2007 to attend college in Los Angeles, Nelson met drummer Anthony LoGerfo at a Neil Young concert. The two musicians began playing together, and by the end of 2008 they'd enlisted bassist Merlyn Kelly and percussionist Tato Melgar to form Promise of the Real. They quickly released a live EP called Live Beginnings to sell at their gigs. They were touring heavily by early 2009, including stints opening for Willie Nelson and B.B. King. Employing a mix of blues, reggae, roots, and straight-up American rock, they issued their first studio recording, the Brando's Paradise Sessions EP, which included artwork by Lukas' younger brother Micah Nelson. Micah's artwork, especially the peace sign logo from this EP, would become closely associated with all of the band's imagery and he soon began joining the band on-stage, painting during their live sets.

Prior to the release of their self-titled debut LP, Kelly left the band and, after a couple of stand-in bassists, was replaced by Corey McCormick. The album further expanded on their diverse, multi-genre sound and included a guest vocal appearance by Willie Nelson on the song "Sound of Your Memory." Like Lukas' well-traveled father, the band seemed most comfortable on the road, playing over 200 shows in 2011, including major festival stops and television appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman. Their second LP, Wasted, was released in 2012 and the band continued its heavy touring schedule, headlining its own shows and supporting John Fogerty for a stretch. In early 2015, it was announced that Lukas, Micah, and Promise of the Real would be backing up Neil Young on his next album. The politically charged collaborative album was called The Monsanto Years and arrived in June of that year, and was documented on the 2016 live album Earth. Just prior to the summer release of Earth, the Promise of the Real put out its third album, Something Real. That album was followed swiftly in August 2017 with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. ~ Timothy Monger