You could say Lukas Nelson knows a thing or two about music, especially when it comes to collaborative efforts. After all, his father Willie was a member of The Highwaymen, perhaps the greatest collaborative country bands of all time. Not only that, Lukas himself collaborated with Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and others on the incredible A Star Is Bornalbum. Not exactly a collaborative “band” per se, but still, a whole lot of talented people in one room.
Over the weekend, The Highwomen made their live concert debut at the Newport Folk Festival with special guest appearances from Jason Isbell, Dolly Parton, Sheryl Crow, Yola and more. It was pretty electric, inspiring, and empowering, but I’ll let Lukas describe it since he was actually there and a far more eloquent than I’ll ever be.
“Yesterday, I had the honor and privilege of witnessing what I believe to be one of the greatest collaborative bands I’ve ever seen, the The Highwomen… The musicianship, the songs … wow!! My mind was blown at the arrangements, the harmonies that were all perfectly executed… a fantastic band… I was inspired! When Sheryl Crow graced the stage, it was a truly staggering moment… and it’s only the beginning! Yola blew me away up there with them! I am so grateful to be alive right now… This is the humanity I want to see, the future I hope for dearly in music! If you get a chance to see them, don’t miss it! And don’t miss any one of the members of this band, Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires or Natalie Hemby live any time you hear they’re around. This is the most important moment in history as humans right now, we have an opportunity through the arts and music to restore balance and gender equality by supporting artists that are properly helping to restore that balance! Our culture is so rooted in patriarchal structure, for so long, it’s going to take a radical shift in male consciousness in order to properly respect sacred womanhood, and if we do, if we find that love and respect for all beings on the planet, I think I have hope for us. It’s hard to see, but women like the The Highwomen are showing us how it’s done, along with all the other truly badass females on this planet. I look up to these women. What a gift!”
I’ll say it again people, don’t sleep on The Highwomen.
They’re the real deal, the refreshing kind of real deal that country music has been craving.