Lucas Nelson and Promise of the Real met with us backstage after their performance at the Lakefront Music Festival in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Lucas Nelson and his bandmates are the most cordial artists that I have had the pleasure to interview. The band's music catalog consists of a mixture of unique styles with hints of a little country fused into creative rock jams. Lucas Nelson and his bandmates Promise of the Real really are what their name suggests, real, while their performances are fueled by pure energy and raw talent.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, is an American country rock group based in California. The band consists of Lukas Nelson (lead vocals, guitar), Anthony LoGerfo (drums, percussion, vocals), Corey McCormick (bass guitar, vocals), Logan Metz (keyboards, lap steel, guitar, harmonica, vocals), and Tato Melgar (percussion). Lukas is the son of Willie Nelson.
Since 2015, Promise of the Real has 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).
A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper and starring Cooper and Lady Gaga, was released in October 2018. Nelson co-produced the music for the film, writing songs with Gaga, after being hired as an authenticity consultant to Cooper. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real appear in the film as Cooper's band. Nelson won a BAFTA Award for Original Music for his work.
The band's Fantasy Records self-titled debut album, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, was released on August 25, 2017. The album hit No. 1 on the Americana Radio Chart the week of November 10, 2017. Lady Gaga, with whom Nelson was collaborating with on A Star Is Born, provided backing vocals on two tracks. The album earned the band its first Americana Music Awards nomination for Duo/Group of the Year.