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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will return in June with a new, Dave Cobb-produced project, A Few Stars Apart. It’s inspired by Nelson’s experiences during the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, which he spent hunkered down with his family in Texas.
“I’m from what one might say is the ultimate road family — I’ve been on the road my entire life,” says Nelson, who is the son of country legend Willie Nelson. “I’ve never been anywhere longer than three months, and suddenly, [during quarantine], here we are, the four of us together.
“And thank God we were together,” the younger Nelson continues of his father, mother Annie and brother Micah. “We had a lot of really important bonding during that time. And I have to say, as terrible as the pandemic has been in so many ways, for my inner peace, I was able to take a lot of good from this time.”
Being able to celebrate family connections, and discovering a newfound sense of peace, quickly translated into musical inspiration. “I think I finally decided not to run from who I am and who I am destined to be. First and foremost, that’s a songwriter,” Nelson reflects.
“That’s what this record means to me,” he continues. “There’s a story being told through the whole record. A story about connection and coming home.”