Talent flows through this family tree, as witnessed Monday night when Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real hit the stage in the Deluxe Room at Old National. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, sometimes referred to as POTR, delivers its own version of American country rock with Lukas Nelson (lead vocals, guitar), Anthony LoGerfo (drums, percussion), Corey McCormick (bass guitar, vocals), Logan Metz (keyboards, lap steel, guitar, harmonica, vocals), and Tato Melgar (percussion). Lukas is the son of Willie Nelson.
The band played its first shows in the fall of 2008, selling its first EP “Live Beginnings” to pay for touring. In January 2009, the band began a nine-show tour opening for Willie Nelson, including a five-night stop at The Fillmore in San Francisco, followed by a two-week tour with B.B. King through Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Nebraska. They’ve never looked back.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real can now boast of releasing 6 studio albums and 4 EP's with the most recent releases “Naked Garden” in 2020 and “A Few Stars Apart” in June of this year. Additionally, since 2015, Promise of the Real have been Canadian musician Neil Young's regular backing band. The band has recorded two studio albums with Young, The Monsanto Years (2015) and The Visitor (2017), a soundtrack album, Paradox (2018), and a live album, Earth (2016). The band performed 20 tunes overall, including "Find Yourself," "A Few Star Apart" and "Something Real," covering tunes from most if not all of their recordings.
During the pandemic, and for the first time in his life, Lukas had to quit touring, spending time with his parents and brother, and offering a rare respite for reflection and inspiration. “I’m from what one might say is the ultimate road family—I’ve been on the road my entire life. I’ve never been anywhere longer than three months, and suddenly here we are, the four of us together. And thank god we were together. I can’t remember the last time we had that much time together as a family. We had a lot of really important bonding that happened during that time. And I have to say, as terrible as the pandemic has been in so many ways, for my inner peace, I was able to take a lot of good from this time. I was able to pause and reflect.”
The 2020 Grammys also offered up this heart-warming prelude to the pandemic, which many might have missed, when the legendary Willie Nelson won his 10th career Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance for the song "Ride Me Back Home," on the same night his son Lukas Nelson got honored for his contributions to the “A Star is Born” soundtrack and Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media.
“A Few Stars Apart” is a testament to finding a human connection: between close family and friends, as well as one’s own heart. Its 11 songs reveal what it means to come home again, to be still, and to find community—and yourself.
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