Lukas Nelson is 22 and lives on the road. He is the son of Willie Nelson, and he is a musician through and through.
"The road is my home," he said. "I literally don't have one. I had a home in Venice Beach but had to let it go, but my home is my bus and honestly it's been my home since 2009."
Nelson is a rock 'n' roller and his new album with his band Promise of the Real, which is titled "Promise of the Real," is a rock story. He has a twang like his dad, but he rocks hard and every song is original music with a lot of gusto, and is reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
"Having my father definitely opens doors, but it's our responsibility to prove ourselves," he said. "It's nice if you love what you do and make it your life."
Nelson said he has always wanted to be a musician, especially since so many legendary musicians have been in his life. He's been on stage with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. Nelson has recorded four albums and plans to do another in the fall.
"We love the freedom of being on the road," he said. "It's great to be in a new place every day, but it's hard to have relationships."
A Southern-folk-rock group, Nelson and Promise of the Real recorded their album in Austin, Texas, last fall and winter. Lukas recorded a version of "Peaceful Solution," a song originally penned by his father and sister Amy Niccore, and his father contributed backing vocals to songs "Fathers and Mothers" and "The Sound of Your Memory."
See Nelson, his band and Olin and The Moon at Whiskey Jacques' on Friday, Aug. 5, at 10 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. Also performing at Whiskey's on Thursday, Aug. 4, will be The Hooten Hollers with Up A Creek. On Saturday, Aug. 6, Old Death Whisper will play.
Live music this week in the Wood River Valley will kick off this evening, Aug. 3, with a special treat at the Back Alley Party with a performance by Johnny Valenzuela and friends of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" to benefit Camp Rainbow Gold at the Wicked Spud in Hailey. The show will take place from 6-9:30 p.m.
On Thursday, Aug. 4, enjoy free live music at the Hailey Farmers Market with Stacey Tuel and friends from 2:30-6:30 p.m. In addition on Thursday, Town Square Tunes in the Ketchum Town Square will feature free live music by Jam Nation from 6-8 p.m. Other music around the valley will include Johnny Valenzuela and friends who will play "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd again at Mahoney's Bar and Grill in Bellevue on Thursday, Aug. 4. The show will start at 6:30 p.m. on the outdoor patio. Also, don't miss live music by the Paul Tillotson Trio at Trail Creek Cabin on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. throughout the summer.
On Friday, Aug. 5, the Silver Dollar in Bellevue will feature Old Death Whisper at 9 p.m., and the Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey will have a Northern Rockies Folk Festival party at 10 p.m. The Northern Rockies Folk Festival will take place at Hop Porter Park in Hailey on Friday, Aug. 5, with headliner James McMurtry. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 6, the festival will feature headliner The Gourds. Music starts at noon. For details, visitwww.northernrockiesfolkfestival.com.
In addition, Tony Furtado will play at Mahoney's in Bellevue for a free show on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 6:30 p.m. More music will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 9, with Stacey Tuel and friends at the Ketchum Farmers Market from 2:30-6 p.m. Also on Tuesday, Ketch'em Alive, a free live music concert series at Ketchum's Forest Service Park, will feature the valley's own Hoodwink from 7-9 p.m.
In Bellevue at the John Alan Partners Outdoor Pavilion on Main Street next to Atkinsons' Market, the Paul Thorn Band will perform on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. Old Death Whisper will play at 5:30 p.m. as an opener.
For a complete listing of music events in the valley, see the Music, Dance and Theater section of the Calendar on Page C3.
-Sabina Dana Plasse