FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS: Country rock musician Lukas Nelson, the son of music legend Willie Nelson, is coming to Bluesfest in Byron Bay.
FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS: Country rock musician Lukas Nelson, the son of music legend Willie Nelson, is coming to Bluesfest in Byron Bay. Myriam Santos

A Star is Born's Lukas Nelson is performing at Bluesfest

AT FIRST, Lukas Nelson was only going to be the model for Jackson Maine: the main character in the 2018 remake of A Star is Born.

Bradley Cooper produced and starred in the hit movie with Lady Gaga.

The more Cooper and Nelson worked together, the more involved Nelson became with the project.

So he ended up writing eight songs on the popular soundtrack, and being part of the creative process on 13 of them, including the guitar intro to hit song Shallow and also very popular Music to My Eyes, which he produced and co-wrote with Lady Gaga.

Cooper, Nelson and Lady Gaga were named winners of the BAFTA award for Best Original Music for their work on A Star is Born.

Those songs and a new album are set to make Nelson's show one of the "gigs not to miss” at this year's Bluesfest Byron Bay.

Speaking from Austin, Texas, where he was attending a wedding, Nelson explained the film was a long process of music collaboration with Cooper, Gaga and other artists.

It was completed while he worked on other music projects, such as his new album, Turn of the News and Build a Garden, which we will be able to listen to first at his Bluesfest 2019 show.

Nelson, the son of music icon Willie Nelson, said the upcoming release was expected to be launched in May.

"Some songs in this album I wrote a long time ago, but most of them are new, and most of them have to do with very primal, human situations - very real situations that we all go through,” he said.

"There are some good songs there that ask very important questions: like where does love go when it dies, or what makes a life simple, and is simple better? The music is very cinematic. It's country soul, I would say.”

Nelson said his three Bluesfest shows would have a balance of old hits and new songs.

"I just have to see if I can do the new songs live the way I did them in the studio,” he said.

"I'll probably play a couple of songs from A Star is Born at Bluesfest.”

The artist said he felt a strong sense of ownership of the film.

"It's not just me on the film on stage with Gaga and Bradley, the band playing with them on stage is The Promise of the Real - my band.

"And they were shot at actual music festivals, so the whole band feels very connected to the project,” Nelson said.

"There were chunks of time when I sat with Bradley and then with Gaga when we did the actual recording of the soundtrack, plus the filming, so we spent a lot of time together.”

Nelson is open to the idea of going into a future music or cinema project with either Lady Gaga or Cooper.

"Gaga is about to start her Vegas show and I have my own record coming out, but I'm sure we'll work together again at some point but right now we all have other projects going on,” he said.

"In the meantime, people, if you turn off the news and build a garden, the world will be better off.”

Bluesfest is from April 18 to 22. Visit bluesfest.com.au.



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