Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Lukas Nelson, vocals/guitar
Anthony LoGerfo, drums
Tato Melgar, percussion
Corey McCormick, bass
For Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, 2011 was a year packed with over 200 high-energy, spirited performances, including such mega-musical events as Farm Aid, Bridge School Benefit, Stagecoach, and Country Throwdown, the chance to spread their unique brand of gritty rock and roll to millions of people via the greatest of the late night shows, Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and the adoption of the name Realers by their growing base of supporters.
But 2011 was also the year, through blood, sweat and trying times, that Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real - which also includes drummer Anthony LoGerfo, percussionist Tato Melgar and bassist Corey McCormick - made good on that promise to keep it real, and to make their way out of the shadow of a famous father and into the hearts and souls of music fans nationwide the way that they wanted to… on their own downhome rock and roll merits.
During the summer of 2011 Nelson, 22 years old at the time, found himself in the most intense writing jag of his early career. His journey spanned three soul-searching summer months during an intense 15-week tour. The result, the band’s second full-length album, Wasted.
“I was up every night until the wee hours of the morning just writing in the back of the bus. I had a lot of ideas and was very inspired being out there on that tour; there was a lot going on. This record is a snapshot of that time. You know, there were a lot of pressures on the road and there are a lot of people who view touring as just one big party. It was like summer camp. I soon realized I wasn’t really being myself and I had a big wake-up call and it’s during that time that I wrote this record.”
But Nelson doesn’t want people getting the wrong idea that Wasted is an album about partying. It’s not. It’s about the idea of wasting your time, your life, your creativity, and reminding yourself to stay true to your values and ideals. For Lukas and Promise of the Real that’s always been about family, positivity, and spreading love and happiness to others. “I have a lot of reflections about the honesty of people in general,” Nelson explains, “and this record explores big life questions and what it means to waste your life away. There are many definitions for the word and this record delves into a lot of them. It’s not a one-dimensional album, it’s meant to be listened to and internalized. There are a lot of sentiments about missing loved ones and being on the road, and even some political and military hints in there.”