Lukas Nelson moved from Paia, Maui to Los Angeles in 2007 to attend Loyola Marymount University. In early 2008 Lukas met drummer Anthony LoGerfo at a Neil Young concert. Shortly after, the two began jamming together in Seal Beach, CA.
In October 2008 Lukas decided to quit school and pursue his dream of becoming a full time musician. Lukas called Anthony Logerfo (drummer), Tato Melgar (percussionist), Merlyn Kelly (bass), and formed Promise of the Real.
The band played their first shows in the fall of 2008 traveling to each gig in a beat up passenger van. They sold their EP “Live Beginnings” to help pay for touring costs. The album contained live tracks recorded off the soundboard at the world famous “Belly Up” in Solana Beach, CA and was the skeleton for the band’s first studio recording.
In January 2009, the band hit the road for their first extended run, a nine show tour opening for Willie Nelson including a five night stop at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Next was a two week run with the legendary B.B. King through Colorado and Nebraska. Promise of the Real was a natural fit to support B.B. and the audiences quickly latched onto the band. Over the course of this tour, the band had completely sold out their stock of “Live Beginnings” CDs.