Often times, when we come to think of true country music, chances are we think of the amazing Willie Nelson. He’s sung everything from Georgia On My Mind to On the Road Again, and is a real country legend.
But the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to his family. Willie’s son, Lukas Nelson, is just like a clone of his father, and it’s undoubtedly making us think if singing is a genetic trait you can inherit from your parents!
It’s not easy to become a country music legend like Willie Nelson, but 29-year-old Lukas is certainly making a name for himself with his visible talent.
It wasn’t until the early 2000s when he started to perform together with his dad, but he started getting into music a lot earlier than that. Actually, he was just 13 when he joined Willie’s band and started going on tour with him.
“When I was a kid, just getting into music, my dad said, ‘You’re good, but not that good,’ ” says Lukas. “I thought, I can take this two ways: I can stop playing, or I can get that good.”
He chose the latter, as he began playing guitar and writing songs whenever he had free time for it. “I put in hours like I was an Olympian,” he says.
But don’t worry—Willie would never have forced it upon him to follow in his footsteps. It was something that Lukas, in addition to his younger brother, Micah, 27, were exposed to in their younger years, and just happened to grow a love for him.
“Ever since they were born, there’s been musical instruments around them where they grew up,” says Willie. “There’s a cabin at our place with a piano and five or six guitars. So it was just a natural thing. I didn’t try to push it on them. I kind of let ‘em hear me play, and the next thing you know, I see Micah over on the drums and Luke’s playing the guitar. And then the next thing you know, they’re playing good!”
So good that actually a while back, Lukas released his fourth studio album titled “Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.” Micah also serves as an auxiliary member of Promise of the Real. Check them out on Facebook.
Lukas and his band even got to tour together with Neil Young for two years while they were recording the album “The Monsanto Years.” He’s truly made it in the country music world.
If you don’t believe us, maybe you need to see and hear him do his magic. He recently recorded a remake of one of Willie’s most popular songs, “You Were Always On My Mind,” and it’s giving us all the chills.
The best part about this recording is that it was totally spontaneous—just an impromptu jam session while he was on a cruise. But it has gained a lot of attention, for all the right reasons. Make sure to check out the video down below!