With fingerstyle acoustic guitar, rolling vocals and a loping beat, the country-folk track – which recalls Glen Campbell’s “Gentle on My Mind” – is a loving portrait of the Nelson family ranch in Luck, Texas, where Lukas grew up when the family was not in Maui, Hawaii.
“Just outside of Austin / High as I’ve ever been,” Lukas Nelson sings in the chorus.
The video feels like a home movie, filled with candid shots of the ranch plus an informal jam session between Lukas and Willie in front of a stone hearth. The scene features a poignant shot of father and son grasping hands, along with a smile and playful shrug. Willie provided the recording’s free-form guitar solo, while Lukas’ 86-year-old Aunt Bobbi played piano.
“Just Outside of Austin” appears on Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real’s self-titled album, which also includes two guest appearances by Lady Gaga after the unlikely duo began working together on the upcoming remake of A Star Is Born.
The band is currently on tour with Blackberry Smoke and will head to Europe, the U.K. and Australia in March, then return stateside for a series of festival dates and shows with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.