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Lukas Nelson on the Underlying Messages Behind ‘Naked Garden’ and ‘Turn Off the News’



Within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Lukas Nelson is in self-imposed isolation on his household’s ranch exterior Austin, Tex. However that doesn’t imply the singer-songwriter, who inherited his guitar chops and unmistakable vocals from dad, nation legend Willie Nelson, is resting on his laurels.

In between taking part in in live-streaming reveals (together with a current acoustic efficiency alongside his father and brother Micah for ‘Til Additional Discover’ — a star-studded on-line fundraiser in lieu of the annual Luck Reunion held on the Nelson grounds), Nelson and his longtime band, Promise of the Actual, are gearing up for the discharge of their new LP, “Bare Backyard.” Out March 27, the 15-track assortment comes on the heels of final yr’s album, “Flip Off the Information (Construct a Backyard),” and Nelson’s Grammy win for his work on the soundtrack for “A Star Is Born.”

Why did you determine to launch “Bare Backyard” so intently behind your final LP?

After we completed “Flip Off the Information,” I hoped we might put out a double report. Seems it didn’t make sense to place out all the things unexpectedly, and it additionally was an ideal factor, as a result of now we’ve received this different report.

5 of the songs — together with the tracks “Civilized Hell” and “Dangerous Case” — are variations of songs that appeared on the prior album. Why revisit them?

All of us form of talked as a band, and we had alternate takes on among the songs. We simply picked the songs that had taken an extended journey to get the place they had been, and a few of our favorites from the [earlier] report.

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“Bare Backyard” sounds extra uncooked, by comparability.

By the point [“Turn Off the News”] got here out, we had finished quite a lot of manufacturing on it and cleaned all the things up very nice. It nonetheless felt unfastened and dwell. However these items feels to me [like] much more devices in a room — right here we’re, these are the takes, we didn’t do something to them. We simply left them the way in which they had been.

Final yr, you and the band launched “Good Information Backyard,” a video sequence devoted to sharing followers’ tales of positivity, activism and gardening. Why was that essential to you?

After I wrote “Flip Off the Information (Construct a Backyard),” I simply realized, whereas it’s essential to remain knowledgeable, there’s solely a lot information you’ll be able to fill in a day. They know that negativity retains you gripped and retains you watching, and it’s a psychological ploy they use to maintain viewers. I simply don’t belief information channels to not sensationalize issues. Now it is a totally different time; we have to preserve knowledgeable and keep knowledgeable, and take heed to the messages put out by the CDC and WHO, however I feel to sit down and watch a speaking head, all these pundits freaking out, it’s not good for you.

Is there a message to be present in “Bare Backyard”?

“Flip Off the Information” simply occurred to resonate with so many individuals, I believed, ‘Oh, that will be a very good title observe.’ And sure, it’s one thing good for individuals to do from time to time, simply shut off the gadgets and all the things. However I feel that I’ve realized a lesson that it’s essential for an artist to deal with the music — which is a observe on my new report — and let the message converse for itself.

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