Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Score The Music For Award-Winning Film

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Score The Music For Award-Winning Film

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Score The Music For Award-Winning Film

📅26 February 2014, 01:23

For Immediate Release                                                                                    February 26, 2014


Satellite Beach, The Film by Actors Luke And Andrew Wilson,

Wins A Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award

            (Los Angeles) — Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. got into the 2014 awards’ season spirit when the film they scored, Satellite Beach, took home the coveted Bruce Corwin Award at the 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 9 in Santa Barbara, California. This is the first film that Nelson and the band have scored.

The movie’s win is in the category of Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes. The short, directed brothers Luke Wilson (Old School, The Royal Tenenbaums, Idiocracy) and Andrew Wilson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Hall Pass), is about the journey of the Endeavor space shuttle as it travels through Los Angeles to the California Science Center and onto the Kennedy Space Center.

“Luke Wilson and I are great friends,” explains Lukas Nelson. “He’s a huge music fan and a great guy to boot. Working on Satellite Beach was the first professional collaboration we’ve had. It was the first time the band and I had done any film scoring, but we were presented with some incredible footage of the space shuttle so the music just seemed to pour out.”

Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. worked closely with Luke and his producing partner Steve Eckelman at producer John Avila’s (Oingo Boingo, Mutaytor) home studio. “Together with John, we were able to score a beautiful film and I am happy to say the process was relaxed and creative. There is nothing better than working with good friends,” adds Lukas.

Meanwhile, Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. is currently putting the finishing touches on their new album, the not-yet-titled follow up to 2012’s critically-acclaimed “Wasted.” Mark Howard (Neil Young, Tom Waits, Daniel Lanois, Lucinda Williams) is co-producing the record, which was made in the heart of the creative Los Angeles enclave of Topanga Canyon.

Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. Tour Dates:

January 31,     Fresno, CA, Fulton 55

February 1,     Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern

February 12, Arcata, CA, Humbrews

February 13, Grass Valley, CA, The Center for the Arts

February 14, Mill Valley, CA, Sweetwater Music Hall

February 15, Ukiah, CA, Ukaih Brewing Company

February 28, Durant, OK       , Choctaw Casino Resort        w/ Willie Nelson

March 1, Miami, OK, Buffalo Run Casino w/Willie Nelson

March 2, Amarillo, TX, Amarillo Civic Center w/Willie Nelson

March 4, Fayetteville, AR, Walton Arts Center w/Willie Nelson

March 5, Wichita, KS, Orpheum Theater w/Willie Nelson

March 7, New Orleans, LA, House of Blues w/Willie Nelson

March 12, San Antonio, TX, Sam’s Burger Joint

March 14, Lewisville, TX, Hat Tricks

March 19-20, Ketchum, ID, Whiskey Jacques

March 21-22, Salt Lake City, UT, The State Room

March 23, Victor, ID, The Knotty Pines

March 26, Taos, NM, Taos Brew Co.

March 28, Grand Junction, CO, Mesa Theater & Lounge

March 29, Aspen, CO, Snowmass Mountain

March 30, Boulder, CO, The Fox Theatre

April 1, Riverside, CA, Fox Performing Arts Center w/Willie Nelson

April 4, San Diego, CA, Humphreys w/Willie Nelson

April 5, Santa Clarita, CA, Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center w/Willie Nelson

April 6, Turlock, CA, Turlock Community Theatre w/Willie Nelson

April 8, San Luis Obispo, CA, Christopher Conan Center w/Willie Nelson

April 9, Davis, CA, Mondavi Center: Jackson Hall w/Willie Nelson

April 10, Carmel, CA, Sunset Cultural Center w/Willie Nelson

April 11, Santa Cruz, CA, Moe’s Alley

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“To me, music is a character in movies. Whether it’s a John Williams score or a song like ‘Hip Hugger’ by Booker T. and the M.G.’s at the beginning of Mickey Rourke’s film ‘Barfly.’ Music pulls you further into the story. Along with the way the movie looks and the direction and the acting. ‘Satellite Beach’ started as just an idea. An idea I wanted to do on my own. With friends. No notes from executives. Just a team of friends working together. If you have an idea – let’s do it. Just taking a shot at something you believe in. And Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real were just the guys for the job when it came to the music. Along with The Dead who were kind enough to let us use ‘Standing On The Moon.’ Lukas and his brother Micah. Anthony LoGerfo and Corey McCormick. The players. I was a fan but also knew and liked the guys. Hard working. Dedicated. And funny and fun to be around. I went out to a little home studio off the 10 freeway about an hour outside of LA and met up with them. I told them about what we’d tried to do with the movie. And my thoughts on Warren Flowers – the character i played. I wasn’t too specific and I mentioned Bob Dylan’s ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’ soundtrack. I liked singing – but maybe just singing sounds not necessarily lyrics would be cool. And we put the movie on a screen for the guys and I went and sat in the yard with an old dog. I’ve found sometimes when you are trying to make something – you can lose faith. In yourself. Or the idea. And then someone with fresh eyes can pull you back in by believing in it. And that’s where I was when I was on that chair in the backyard. Quietly losing faith on a Monday afternoon. Thinking to myself am I wasting these guys time. Listening to them tune and talk through the open door for awhile. And then Lukas’ voice. And Corey and Anthony and Micah kicked in. And suddenly it was real again. The sound sounded like the story. I slapped my thigh and the dog looked at me as if to say ‘You got to relax pal because these guys are GOOD.’ Only they are better than good. They are GREAT. Ethereal. And wistful and upbeat. And they take ‘Satellite Beach’ home. And now when I watch it – it’s my favorite part of the movie. What these 4 players built out of nothing to help an idea along. So if you get the chance watch ‘Satellite Beach.’ And listen to the band. And if you’re lucky – they’ll be at a town near you sometime soon and you can see them in person. They make it happen.”

– Luke Wilson. Stone Ridge, New York. February 2014


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