Review by Fred Rudofsky
“We’re in a lot of places a lot of the time! And we just played golf before the show!” exclaimed Lukas Nelson, singer and guitarist for Promise of the Real, to nods of approval and laughter last Thursday night at Club Helsinki in Hudson.
Just 23 years old, Lukas Nelson has established himself as a major force in American music, and it likely has not been an easy task – when your father is Willie Nelson, scrutiny comes naturally. Not only has he inherited his father’s ardent love of golf and a certain natural leafy substance, but also that distinctive vocal wavering that conveys wide open spaces and secret pangs in the soul. He is a fine songwriter, bold interpreter of iconic artists, and leader of a band that is best appreciated live.