"Promise Of The Real: 2nd Generation Crazy Horse"
Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY - July 21, 2015
Photo by Hounds That Howell
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An intriguing premise from No Depression: the band Promise Of The Real as a second generation Crazy Horse.
From Album Review: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - The Monsanto Years | No Depression by Doug Heselgrave:
A lot has been written about how Neil Young tapped Lukas Nelson and his band Promise Of The Real to back him up on 'The Monsanto Years.'Full Album Review @ Neil Young + Promise of the Real - The Monsanto Years | No Depression by Doug Heselgrave.
With Willie Nelson's other son, Micah of 'Insects and Robots' joining up for the record and tour, it's been easy shorthand for journalists to dub Promise Of The Real as a second generation Crazy Horse replacement, but that wouldn't be very accurate. There are certain similarities - both groups create a big, brash, rugged sound and can fearlessly jump deep into churning, soupy jams, but Promise Of The Real are more understated and egoless for such a young band. The sound they create is swampy and multi-layered rather than metallically psychedelic.
They create a vibe and depth that is similar to the sound of Young's 'Sleeps With Angels' from 1994, but their is a warmth and wash to their music that is more alluring and approachable than the electric ugliness that made 'Living With War' such a powerful and unsettling listen. Both Nelsons are great guitarists who play in different styles. Lukas' tone is more clean and precise, while Micah creates textures of sound that perfectly complement Young's ferocious leads. With Corey McCormick on bass and Anthony LoGerfo on drums, Promise Of The Real boast one of the finest rhythm sections in rock music with Tato Melgar's percussion subtly weaving the whole thing together. From one listen, it's obvious that POTR get it and know how to play with Neil Young. Many other far more experienced bands have floundered trying to find Young's groove while these boys effortlessly dive in and thrive. The real story of their collaboration can be experienced on Youtube, where videos from their tour show their obvious chemistry. I hope they continue to work together.