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Lanco at DTE, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Though LANCO has been around for five years, country music fans are finally beginning to build a love story with the Nashville quintet.

The group released its debut album “Hallelujah Nights” during January; It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, alongside the similarly chart-topping single “Greatest Love Story.” It’s the culmination of a relationship with producer Jay Joyce after the group met him at a Keith Urban concert, leading to an EP in 2016.

Frontman and band namesake Brandon Lancaster tell us things have been moving fast, but he and his compatriots are enjoying the ride...

• Lancaster started out as a solo act, but the Lanco lineup grew into a fully functioning band. “I grew up in Nashville and have been writing songs since I was age 13, so when I met the guys I had so many songs,” Lancaster, 29, says by phone. “And honestly in Nashville there’s so much talent and so many opportunities for work that the idea of keeping a band together is impossible. So I thought I would be like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, a guy with a band. We started as Lancaster & Co., but as time went on everybody bought into it and became really good friends and it turned into more of a true band than I’d originally intended. So we shortened the name to LANCO. It was very natural.”

• LANCO also has the distinction of writing all of its own songs, with occasional outside collaborators. “We honestly have never been afraid of outside cuts (written entirely by others),” Lancaster says. “I think Nashville has some of the best songwriters in the world writing every day. We’ve always aid if someone brought us a song and it was a perfect song that exemplified who we are, we wouldn’t be afraid to cut that song. But when we were creating this album we weren’t on the road as much, so it was easy for us to write and create and build our own lane. We had a lot of things we wanted to say and a lot of ways we wanted to communicate with our fans, so it wound up being all our (songs).”

• Lancaster adds that things have been moving so well, and so fast, for LANCO that the group members have barely had time to really absorb its success. “Honestly, when you’re living in the moment you don’t really notice everything that’s going on. We’re just a group of guys that got together and started playing music and took it one day at a time, living together in a two-bedroom house. We’re doing the same thing now we were doing years ago, just on a very different level. We’re still taking it day by day; You have these visions at aspirations, but at the same time you’re hanging out and playing shows with your friends. There wasn’t really a Plan B.”

If You Go:

26th annual WYCD 99.5 Hoedown with Dierks Bentley, the Brothers Osborne, Lanco and more

3:30 p.m. Friday, June 1.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township.

Tickets are $94.75 and $74.75 pavilion, $35 lawn with a $59.75 lawn four-pack.

Call 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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