Friday, April 22, 2011
Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real
I just got back from the Lukas Nelson show at Larimer Lounge and damn, that will be a hard show to beat this year. I first heard of Lukas Nelson a couple of years ago at Farm Aid. He was one of several bands that played and went on really early in the day. When he was introduced, Willie Nelson said that his son was going to play. My first thought was oh great, he got the gig because of his Dad and now we get to listen to some bullshit. Then he started to sing and play guitar. My jaw dropped and I became an instant fan. Lukas steals from blues, rock, reggae, and country. You can tell he has been influenced and taught to play by some of the greatest musicians ever. He rocked the Larimer for over two hours playing original songs and threw in a few covers of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. The percussion was some of the best percussion I've seen in a long time. Their drummer even got rid of his sticks at one point and played his drums by hand. One thing that I was impressed with was the sound. Larimer Lounge is infamous for shitty sound and it was obvious that you can't do that to the son of a living legend. The sound was perfect. After the show I got to meet Lukas and was pleased to see that he is as humble as can be. He loves what he does and feels honored that people come to see him play. What a true gentleman. He is about to play a show in Colorado Springs tomorrow at Studio Bee and the following night in Durango at the Abbey theater. If you have time to get to one of those shows, I highly recommend that you do it. Watching him headline is an absolute treat.
Posted by Jeremy C at 12:42 AM