Lukas Nelson: “I See Songs Everywhere”

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When Lukas Nelson, 28, is asked a question about his creative process, he is reminded of some words of wisdom passed down to him from his father, country icon Willie Nelson.

“I see songs everywhere in everyday life,” Lukas tells CMT.com. “My dad told me a long time ago when you’re a songwriter, you can’t force the song because songwriting is like rain water. If you’ve got a well, and it’s dry, you have to wait for it to rain. Sometimes it rains hard, and you’ve got plenty of water to drink. The songs that you try and write when the well is dry are forced, and that’s not right.”

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Lukas’ songwriting well sounds like it’s brimming with ideas at the moment. Although his band Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real just released its self-titled album, he is already sitting on approximately 40 songs to sort through for the next project.

And there was no rushing Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Recorded over 18 months at Los Angeles’ Village Studios with producer John Alagia, the music is a stunning collection of cosmic country soul that it is full of vivid storytelling inspired by loss, love, friendship, commitment in the country, moving on and living for high times.

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