Harvest Announce Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will play Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival September 14, replacing Blackberry Smoke.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival have announced Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real as the latest addition to this year’s festival lineup, replacing Blackberry Smoke who were forced to back out to this year’s festival due to legal complications.

Nelson began his musical career at a young age, touring with his father, country music icon Willie Nelson. After relocating from Hawaii in 2007 to attend college in Los Angeles, Nelson met drummer Anthony LoGerfo at a Neil Young concert, creating Promise of the Real and forging a rebellious blues sound all their own. The band has been thrust into the North American spotlight across two coveted full length albums, international dates on their own and with BB King and John Fogerty, as well as stops at virtually every late night show on television. This has also led to a remarkable collaboration between Promise of the Real and Neil Young, who recruited them as his full-time backing band, both live and in studio.

“Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s mix of blues, country, roots and straight-up rock marks the perfect replacement for Blackberry Smoke, and like Drive by Truckers and others, reinforces our desire to present exceptional new talent that our fans have been yearning to see at Harvest,” said Festival Programming Director, Brent Staeben. “Lukas’ remarkable musical pedigree and his current partnership with Neil Young speak for itself, but it’s the energy and passion in the band’s live show that truly grabs you. We’re especially proud to be able to secure Lukas for Harvest fans, given his commitments that week to Neil Young and his father Willie.”

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will make their Fredericton debut supported by Ross Neilsen, before joining Young and the elder Nelson at Farm Aid on September 17.

Visit www.harvestjazzandblues.com to learn more about this year’s festival and complete lineup details.


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