Releasing the third single from their forthcoming album Turn Off the News (Build A Garden), Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are back with “Save A Little Heartache.”
Opening with a funky guitar line and Nelson’s smooth, yet raw vocals, “Save A Little Heartache” is a familiar tale of a love lost and the pain that takes place after: “Why can’t I / get things right / the very first time / save myself a little heartache babe?” Nelson sings.
Though the song tells a story of heartbreak, the inspiration behind Nelson’s lyrics came from none other than a game of golf. “I was golfing and must have hit a bad shot or something,” Nelson told Billboard. “And this line came into my head — ‘Why can’t I get things right the very first time, save myself a little heartache … ’ I thought that was pretty relatable and wrote the song soon after, and my brother (Micah Nelson) helped me with the rhythm.”
With backing vocals from none other than Kesha, the song is a vocal powerhouse between her and Nelson. Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Shooter Jennings, Lucius (who appear throughout the band’s self-titled 2017 album) and Randy Houser all also make appearances throughout Turn Off the News, which is out June 14 via Fantasy Records.
Nelson & Promise of the Real previously released two singles before “Save A Little Heartache,” including lead single “Bad Case” and the title track, “Turn Off the News (Build A Garden).” Both contain the same blues-rock nuances seen in “Save A Little Heartache.” The title track also has a second appearance in the album as an acoustic version, fitted with Young on the pump organ. Nonetheless, all three singles have an anthemic sense that would sound just as good, if not better, performed live.
Listen to Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s “Save A Little Heartache” below and revisit Nelson’s 2017 Paste Studio session further down.