Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real returned on Friday with “Leave ‘Em Behind”, the second single off the band’s upcoming album, A Few Stars Apart. The Dave Cobb-produced album is due out on June 11th via Fantasy Records.

In “Leave ‘Em Behind”, Nelson sings of letting go of trauma and severing toxic relationships in the interest of self-preservation. A profoundly progressive song packaged in an accessible alt-country style, “Leave ‘Em Behind” is a paradigm of the rising generation of country revivalist artists. Alongside fellow songwriters like Jason IsbellAmanda ShiresSturgill Simpson, and many others, the spawn of country icon Willie Nelson is working to bring the genre into the modern era and destigmatize “country” from being a dirty word in the contemporary musical zeitgeist.

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“‘Leave ‘Em Behind’ is one of my favorite tracks on the album,” Nelson said in a press release. “I wrote it about a friend who was in an abusive relationship…and as we saw the domestic abuse numbers climb during the pandemic, I was moved to write this song.”

Listen to “Leave ‘Em Behind”, the latest single from Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. A Few Stars Apart is available here for pre-order.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – “Leave ‘Em Behind”

[Video: Lukas Nelson]