Sharing sentimental stories about home, a day spent in the country and a touch marijuana of to lift the spirits — sounds like a peaceful day, right? Now take that story and put it in lyrics, lay it over a blissful and ethereal guitar track, mix in a misty morning voice and you've got “Just Outside Of Austin" by Lukas Nelson.
Nelson premiered the breezy, blue-sky track yesterday (August 10) at Texas Monthly. The beautiful song is an ode to Nelson's hometown of Austin, Texas — the Live Music Capital Of The World — and features a guitar solo from his legendary father Willie Nelson. The track also includes a piano intro from Lukas' Aunt Bobbi that helps to establish the dreaminess of the song.
Artist: Lukas Nelson. Photo Credit: Jill Augusto, MegaCountry
However, while you can certainly hear his father's grassroots influence in the vocals, it isn't necessarily like father like son for Lukas. He's able to differentiate himself on the guitar, building off of his father's bluesy licks to craft a country pop feel while maintaining a wholistic and pure bent.
The song sounds like it could belong on his father's 17th studio album, Phases and Changes, but still brings a refreshing spin on the quintessential country sound that his father pioneered.
You'll definitely want to give Lukas' stuff a listen to hear the authentic sound that he and his band have crafted on tracks like “Find Yourself," a unique collaboration with Lady Gaga. For a look into his live sound, read our High Notes review of his recent Hollywood show and watch the short film below for an introduction to Lukas and his band Promise Of The Real. The video features exclusive footage of Lukas performing with Neil Young, in the studio with pop acts Lady Gaga and Lucius and kicking back with his dad.
The group's self-titled debut album, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, comes out on August 25 through Fantasy / Concord records. The record is produced by John Alagia, who's known for work with John Mayer and Dave Matthews Band, and traces the trajectory of the younger Nelson's ten-year transformation into a country sensation.
Hit up Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real's PledgeMusic store to grab exclusive album bundles, signed copies, autographed memorabilia, merch and more. Be sure to start your experience with “Just Outside Of Austin," which Texas Monthly describes as the kind of visionary track “that makes you want to grab someone's hand, stare at a country sky, and well, maybe add a few clouds of your own."