“I started to realize that all of my favorite songs that I’ve written are written for what I love to do live, and what I love to do live is play Country Soul Funk,” says Lukas Nelson, explaining why the new album, Sticks and Stones, sounds more like a POTR concert than a carefully constructed studio album. Produced by Nelson and POTR, this fun, captivating collection of 12 Nelson-penned songs would sound perfectly at home in a Texas Honky Tonk, yet it is the deft use of lyrical humor and irony is what engages and entertains the listener.
Sticks and Stones opening, title track celebrates individuality before giving way to a couple of tunes celebrating over-drinking (“Alcohallelujah”; “Every Time I Drink”) followed by a series of tracks that include tales of heartbreak, love and longing and an amusing story or two, all sung with a sense of tongue-in-cheek humor. The only exception to that rule are the poignant “Lying” and Nelson’s ode to his island home, “The View.”
“This album is about celebrating the human connection, joy and excitement,” Lukas says. “We went fro quiet and introspective on A Few Stars Apart to something big and fun to really showcase the band’s talent and performance. To me, this album is the perfect setlist.”
Sticks and Stones just hit the street and already has strong support from WRLT, WAPS, WNRN, WMOT, WEXT and more.