LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL ‘Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)’ – CD


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The latest from the son of Willie Nelson, Turn Off The News features POTR’s most mature and absorbing work of their career. On songs like the Wilburys-inspired album opener, “Bad Case,” the poignant and relevant title track, the 60’s infused R&B of “Save A Little Heartache,” and the vulnerable balladry of “Mystery,” Lukas Nelson brings his prodigious gifts to bear, as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist and band leader – an artist at the peak of his powers, ready to seize the tremendous opportunity at hand.

Nelson is a natural showman, and his band plays with similar spirit—there isn’t a moment on Turn Off the News where they seem to be faking their enthusiasm for this material. And then there are the celebrity guest appearances! Sheryl Crow sings backup on the title track, a Byrds-esque imagining of a better world, while Kesha graces “Save a Little Heartache,” a breezy piña colada of a blues-rock jam, and Neil Young sits in on pump organ on a rustic reprise of the title song. Nelson and co. have wide-ranging tastes and a sense of humor, a combination that results in slow-grooving R&B numbers, sun-kissed pop, rangy rockers, and a persistent good vibe. In troubled times, the band have managed to deliver an album filled with optimism, and that’s a remarkable feat.