Lukas Nelson And Promise Of The Real
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Lukas Nelson And Promise Of The Real Want To Honor Their Music Heroes | Newport Fest 2019
Lukas Nelson, son of country legend Willie Nelson and frontman of Lukas Nelson And The Promise Of The Real, has had quite an eventful last few years. In addition to contributing a substantial amount to the A Star Is Born soundtrack, the country/soul performer is currently promoting his band's fifth studio album, Turn Off The News (Build a Garden).
Stopping by at Newport Folk Festival 2019 to chat with the Recording Academy, Nelson dropped a few words of wisdom about just that—turning off the news—and honoring legacy acts that came before him. "The idea of "Turn Off The News, Build A Garden" is [about] putting down your device and going out and get connected and be part of your community and doing something about the world that you live in with the world that you live in," Nelson explained.
He also commented on how his father's legacy gave his band a leg up in the industry and drew comparisons to the way Bob Dylan collaborated with The Band in the '60s. "[Bob] Dylan brought The Band into the national spotlight and you could argue that Neil Young has done the same for this band," he said. "We've sort of found our sound and are continuing to find our sound based on our love for our heroes, but then also branching out. We did that whole soundtrack of A Star Is Born, and I'm proud of this band for that."
Finally, Nelson continued to drop pearls of wisdom, touching on how today's popular acts would do well to honor their influences. "It's the tradition of respecting what came before that I think this festival obviously is a big proponent of," he said. In this record at least, we'd like to give a lot of tribute to our heroes. I think that's what we stand for... As we grow as artists and musicians, that's really important to me, is respecting what comes before."