On March 11, 2016, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will deliver their heavily-anticipated third album, Something Real, via Royal Potato Family.
Something Real documents the trail blazed by this hard-driving ensemble in its recent past. Most of all, it captures them in all their current glory as songwriters, performers and progenitors of the style they characterize as "cowboy hippie surf rock."
The title track premiered by Rolling Stone ahead of the full-length album release is a slamming groove that shifts in and out of double-time, jams on the brakes and takes off again as Nelson burns through a fiery guitar solo and demands, "I want to see you get mad, I want to see you crying for me. Give me something real!"
Like all the songs on Something Real, the video for "Something Real" was recorded at San Francisco's William Westerfeld Mansion, whose previous residents included Janis Joplin, jazz saxophonist John Handy and a group of exiled royalists in the wake of the Russian Revolution.
Something Real is the band's first release since their historic session with Neil Young, entitled The Monsanto Years, was released in 2015. That album was followed by the launch of Neil Young + Promise of the Real's Rebel Content Tour, which included performances at Farm Aid 30 and at the 29th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert. More tour dates in Europe begin with Young in June 2016, while headline dates by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are beginning to emerge.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real consists of Nelson and his brother Micah Nelson on vocals and guitar, bassist Corey McCormick, percussionist Tato Melgar and drummer Anthony LoGerfo. Something Real was produced by Promise of the Real and Stevie Chadie, whose many studio credits include sessions with Ray Benson, Merle Haggard, Jamey Johnson and Willie Nelson.
Neil Young also makes a guest vocal appearance on the track "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)." He says the following about the collaboration with Lukas and company: "I love all the bands I have played with, but this band and the multi-generational thing is epic!"
February 19 - Social Hall - San Francisco, CA *
February 20 - The Underground - Santa Ana, CA *
February 21 - The Belly Up - Solana Beach, CA *
March 24-28 - Byron Bay Bluesfest - Byron Bay, Australia
May 1 - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - New Orleans, LA **
May 6 - Curacao International BlueSeas Festival - Pietermaai District, Curacao
June 5 - SSE Hydro - Glasgow, Scotland **
June 7 - SSE Arena - Belfast, Ireland **
June 8 - 3Arena - Dublin, Ireland **
June 10 - First Direct Arena - Leeds, England **
June 11 - O2 Arena - London, England **
June 13 - Le Zenith - Lille, France **
June 15 - Halle Tony Garnier - Lyon, France **
June 16 - Le Dome de Marseille - Marseille, France **
June 21 - Le Zenith - Toulouse, France **
June 23 - Accor Hotels Arena - Paris, France **
June 24 - Sport Palais - Antwerp, Belgium **
July 5 - Dalhalla - Rattvik, Sweden **
July 7 - Stavernfestivalen - Larvik, Norway **
July 9 - Ziggo Dome - Amsterdam, The Netherlands **
July 13 - Villa Contarini - Padova, Italy **
July 15 - Teatro delle Terme di Caracalla - Rome, Italy **
July 16 - Lucca Summer Festival - Lucca, Italy **
July 18 - Estate Market Sound - Milano, Italy **
July 20 - Voelkerschlachtdenkmal Open Air - Leipzig, Germany **
July 21 - Waldbuhne - Berlin, Germany **
July 23 - Castle Clam - Linz, Austria **
September 4 - Snowbasin Blues, Brews & BBQ - Huntsville, UT
* w/ Shooter Jennings
** Neil Young & Promise of the Real