Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Wasted – Tone Tide Records 858606040322–80 min. ****:
(Lukas Nelson–lead vocal, electric & acoustic guitar; Tato Melgar–percussion & sound effects; Anthony Logerfo–drums; Corey McCormick–bass & vocals; Micah Nelson–live visuals & artwork)
If Poncho and Lefty had a baby; Lukas Nelson would be that progeny. From getting “Wasted” with David Letterman to hosting Yahoo.com concerts, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are taking the alt country genre to the masses, and quickly. Wasted, the third release for Lukas Nelson and POTR has the making of a pop chart-busting album with the charisma to push the likes of 80s greatest hits albums and flaky rock albums out of the top 200 where they belong.
Travelling the country in a bus; writing, living and singing about good times with some pals is what this album is all about. Wasted gives off a jam band vibe similar to Widespread Panic. The use of percussion balanced with the stellar lead guitar play and Nelson’s standout vocals deliver 80 minutes of great tunes.
From the opening track Golden Rule right on through to the end, the highlights on Wasted are Aint No Answer with its foot rocking beats and Jimmy Buffet vibes, Don’t Take Me Back lends a swinging flow and I Won’t Fail Her slows it down for the mellow buzz lovers.
Old Familiar Pain
Aint No Answer
Frame of Mind
Don’t Take Me Back
Wasn’t that Great
Heart of the Matter
Can You Hear Me Love You?
I Won’t Fail Her
If I Was the Ocean
—Paul Pelon IV
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