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October 28, 2011

Lukas Nelson at The Verve on Halloween night

TERRE HAUTE — It’s often a cliché to call a band “the hardest working band in rock ’n’ roll,” but when you play 250 shows a year, the title is quite fitting.

Such is the case with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, who continue their road warrior status by criss-crossing the country through the year’s end. On Oct. 31 — Halloween night, no less — Nelson and the band will play at The Verve at 677 Wabash Ave., in Terre Haute. That gig is sandwiched between shows at Tupelo, Miss., and Milwaukee.

“We’ve been having a great time on the road and played some of our best shows ever,” said Nelson, singer-songwriter-guitarist, in a news release. “We’re really gelling as a band, getting so tight now because we’ve been performing so much and it’s been fun to see the fan base grow.”

Added drummer Anthony LoGerfo, “I think the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota last month was one of our best shows we’ve ever played. To have 15,000 bikers watching us on their motorcycles and revving their engines after each song was so powerful. I think it opened the door to new fans. You know, bikers are road warriors and so are we, so it goes hand-in-hand.”

By the end of 2011, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will have played nearly 250 shows.

“We love being on the road,” Nelson said. “We’ve been trying out new songs to put on our next record and they’ve been going over really well.”

LoGerfo agrees, “The fans are loving the new songs. Our diehards, who call themselves Realers, even know the words to the new ones now. The more we play, the more connected we are as a band. It definitely feels like it keeps getting better and better.”

The band’s new record is tentatively scheduled for release in 2012.

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