Singing
Willie Nelson’s son sings one of dad’s classic hits and wins hearts with beautiful rendition
I can almost hear his father's voice when he sings. He's definitely got the music gene. 🤩
Jessica Adler
02.01.23

When you hear the song title “Always On My Mind”, undoubtedly Willie Nelson will come directly to mind.

However, the evolution of the song first took place in the 1970s when Wayne Carson originally penned a couple of verses.

Over time, he was joined by two other songwriters, Mark James and Johnny Christopher, who helped him finish writing the song we know and love today.

Over the decades it has been covered by countless artists.

Elvis’s version became a crossover hit.

It hit with country and pop audiences alike.

Wikimedia Commons - Metro-Goldwynn-Mayer, Inc.
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Wikimedia Commons - Metro-Goldwynn-Mayer, Inc.

Willie Nelson’s is the most notable.

Willie Nelson’s rendition has become beloved by many of his fans.

Nelson simply has a way of tugging at your heartstrings when he sings just about any song.

His voice is so melodic and has so much life behind it.

Wikimedia Commons - Minette Layne
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Wikimedia Commons - Minette Layne

Willie passed his talent on.

As it turns out, Willie’s son, Lukas, also caught the bug to perform.

While he started off touring with his infamous father, he now has his own project called “Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.”

His tunes are reminiscent of his father’s, but you can tell that he’s forged his own way through the music world with his own distinct voice.

That doesn’t mean he doesn’t love singing his father’s songs, too.

YouTube Screenshot - Jay Curlee
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YouTube Screenshot - Jay Curlee

One evening during a casual jam session with some fellow talented musicians, Lukas decided to pull out the tune “Always on my Mind” as a stripped version.

Accompanied by nothing but a piano and a trumpet, he let his voice soar.

It was raw and lovely.

There is something so charming about a simple arrangement of a song. There are no frills to cover up any mistakes or lackluster notes.

Luckily for Lukas, he does his father great justice with his performance.

YouTube Screenshot - Jay Curlee
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YouTube Screenshot - Jay Curlee

Casually leaning onto a ledge and facing the pianist, he sets the scene for an intimate performance.

Wearing a green button-up shirt in dim lighting, Luke is purely himself.

I’m sure this is a moment that everyone in the room was honored to be there and experience this moment with him.

The “band” also possess great talent.

The trumpet solo is beautifully played, followed by a touching piano feature.

Oftentimes, not enough credit is given to the accompanists of great musicians, but without them, singers would have no support to elevate their beautiful voices even higher.

YouTube Screenshot - Jay Curlee
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YouTube Screenshot - Jay Curlee

If this stripped-bare deliverance of a sentimental cover song is any indication, we can expect great music from Lukas Nelson.

Hear Lukas Nelson deliver a beautifully raw cover of “Always On My Mind” in the video below!

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By Jessica Adler
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Jessica Adler is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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