Country, blues mix in Nelson band

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real waste no time. The country/blues band, fronted by Willie Nelson’s son, released its debut record, “The Promise of the Real,” in December. The band has spent 2011 playing more than 250 gigs so far, including stints on Letterman and Leno. Not only that, the band is wrapping up its second album.
“We planned to take a month off, and that month turned into seven days in the studio recording, and 10 days mixing,” said drummer Anthony LoGerfo. “That just happens with us. We enjoy what we do.”
Nelson, naturally, grew up around music and music legends, and his band mates have a similar hunger for music. Nelson, LoGerfo, bass player Corey McCormick and percussionist Tato Melgar are all feeding off all the music they’ve created in such a short time.
“We were kind of really warm from touring for 17 weeks straight, so we took that energy and put it into the record. It just came together really quickly, so we’re excited, and we can’t wait to get it out,” LoGerfo said.
The band hopes to capture its live sound on the new album. Both Nelson and LoGerfo said the live show is where the band really shines.
“It’s jammy. We jam a lot more of the songs,” Nelson said.
Occasionally his brother, painter Micah Nelson, joins the band on stage to paint while the band performs. Nelson wasn’t sure if his brother would be available for the Tupelo show.
“He roams as he will, and we’re just lucky to have him when he’s around,” he said.
The Promise of the Real continues to evolve, and 2012 looks to be just as exciting for the guys as this year.
“I think word of mouth has spread that we put on a good show,” Nelson said. “We’re getting better, so it grows as we grow.”

Hear’em Live
What: Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real

When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Blue Canoe, Tupelo

Cost: $10

Info: (662) 269-2642 or

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