Since his debut over a decade ago, Texas and Hawaii-based Lukas Nelson has played countless sold-out shows and festivals and released seven studio albums to date, including Sticks and Stones, released in July 2023. Across the album’s 12 spirited tracks, Nelson explores the universal human experiences of love, celebration, longing and humor. Self-produced by Nelson + Promise of the Real, also known as POTR, Sticks and Stones captures the band’s musical power and fits perfectly alongside the canon of their renowned electric live performances.
Sticks and Stones was written solely by Nelson with the hope of bringing people together at the forefront of his mind, bringing upbeat energy and a sense of fun. Reflecting on the record, Nelson shares, “This album is about celebrating the human connection, joy and excitement. We went from quiet and introspective on A Few Stars Apart to something big and fun to really showcase the band’s talent and performance. You can listen to the album Sticks and Stones from start to finish and get the songs to dance to and then the quiet, poignant songs. To me, this album is the perfect setlist.”
The band’s previous album, 2021’s A Few Stars Apart, produced by Dave Cobb, spent seven weeks at #1 on the Americana Albums chart and received widespread acclaim. Additionally, Nelson co-produced the music for 2018’s lauded A Star Is Born film in addition to appearing in the film. He went on to win a BAFTA Award for “Best Original Music” and a Grammy Award® for “Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.”