Lukas Nelson reveals what it’s actually like to be raised by Willie Nelson

May 08, 2018
10:51 P.M.
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He now stays in Los Angeles but cannot get over his Maui upbringing.


In an interview with Rolling Stone, Lukas revealed that although he grew up hanging out with some of the most iconic musicians of all time, his parents were very protective of him. 

Lukas and his brother, Jacob, were raised by his mother Annie D'Angelo and father Willie Nelson. D'Angelo and Nelson got married in 1991, in Maui, Hawaii.

Lukas shared that he had a protective childhood filled with music. This brought Lukas closer to his father. Whenever Lukas is not traveling with his band, Promise of the Real, he tours with his father. 

Lukas recalled that his decision to turn to music was to extend the quality time he got to spend with his father, the iconic country singer.


"Music was a way for me to spend more time with him. I thought if I got really good, I could join him on the road, which I did."

Lukas Nelson, Walking The Floor, December 3, 2017

Lukas disclosed that his adolescence was not as exciting as someone would imagine, despite growing up in the Nelson family. He practiced the guitar eight hours a day and had almost no time for a 'hedonistic' lifestyle.


He did not go to parties in high school. He did not even drink until he had reached college. He had isolated himself from having a social life. The singer considers him to be a late bloomer. 

He credits his mother for introducing him to rock music. He grew up listening to his father's music but his mother got him hooked to the sounds of Neil Young, The Beatles, Jimi Hendricks and Rolling Stones. 


The 29-year-old shared his passion for surfing. He loved surfing since childhood where he learned riding the waves on the shores of Hawaii. Currently, he lives in Los Angeles and compared the surfing lifestyles of the two places.

He said that the aggressive attitude of surfers in Los Angeles would not fit well in Hawaii. Lukas credited the vibe of Hawaii for creating a surfing community via competitions and prizes. It taught him the spirit of competition and cooperation.