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Lukas Nelson Promise of the Real roll into town in familiar ride

Tim Parsons

Lukas Nelson Promise of the Real

Lukas Nelson knew this promise was certain: drop out of college and he would be on his own.He decided to leave Loyola Marymount University and step onto his fatherandamp;#8217;s old tour bus and pursue music. He might look more like Brad Pitt, but he sounds and tours like Willie Nelson. Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real play about 250 shows a year.andamp;#8220;I love it,andamp;#8221; said Nelson, born Christmas Day 1988. andamp;#8220;I have fun, and I have to in order to keep the bus rolling.andamp;#8221;Nelsonandamp;#8217;s first bus tour was when he was 5 weeks old with the Highwaymen, which included his dad, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash.Nelson spoke to us from aboard his bus traveling from Santa Cruz to Fresno. Nelson, who debuted at the Crystal Bay Casino in the Red Room in December 2010, will play there again Saturday, Feb. 11, in the larger Crown Room. There is no cover charge.andamp;#8220;It went pretty good,andamp;#8221; Nelson said about the first Tahoe show. andamp;#8220;There was not many people but not too many people knew who we were back then. Weandamp;#8217;re still a young band. Itandamp;#8217;s a nice place.andamp;#8221;The self-titled album debut andamp;#8220;Lukas Nelson andamp; the Promise of the Real,andamp;#8221; which includes Willie Nelson on three songs, will be followed with a second record on April 3. The first CD includes several pages of paintings by Nelsonandamp;#8217;s brother, Micah, who often composes during concerts. Micah, who is rehearsing with his own band in Los Angeles, wonandamp;#8217;t be along for the Tahoe show, but concertgoers will get to see the bandandamp;#8217;s new bass player, Cory McCormick. Remaining in the group are percussionist Tato Melgar, Nelsonandamp;#8217;s childhood friend from Hawaii, and Anthony LoGerfo.andamp;#8220;After I dropped out of school, I met Anthony LoGerfo, our drummer, at a Neil Young concert,andamp;#8221; Nelson said. andamp;#8220;Then we went surfing that night.andamp;#8221;Their music is created from the same musical pallet as the one used by Willie Nelson, with country, rock and blues. andamp;#8220;They are like primary and secondary colors,andamp;#8221; Nelson said.Nelson is a big fan of Jimi Hendrix, and he shows his musicianship on guitar by covering his song andamp;#8220;Poli Gap.andamp;#8221;andamp;#8220;He wrote it in Hawaii,andamp;#8221; Nelson said. andamp;#8220;I used to listen to it and imagine he was there. I went to a school called Seabury Hall and the movie andamp;#8216;Rainbow Bridgeandamp;#8217; was filmed there. He hung out in the attic and smoked a joint. He did the andamp;#8216;Rainbow Bridgeandamp;#8217; show not too far from that school, so thereandamp;#8217;s still an energy from there.andamp;#8221;