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Lanco at Saint Andrew's Hall, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Lanco is ready to build on a strong start to its country music career.

The Nashville quintet debuted with an EP in 2016, then had a No. 1 country album with its debut, "Hallelujah Nights," which spun off the chart-topping single "Greatest Love Story" along with the Top 20 "Born to Love You." Last year, meanwhile, Lanco released a pair of singles -- "Rival" and "What I See" -- slated for a sophomore album that's currently being made with Dann Huff.

The studio work isn't keeping Lanco off the road, however, where the troupe is proving that there is indeed more to come, which will surely make fans shout "Halellujah!"...

With its new singles last year, drummer Tripp Howell says by phone that Lanco is taking an approach of "building a house" for its second album. "We've got the structure up. We've got the foundation laid. Now we've got to decorate, put some appliances in, build the screened-in porch with the fire pit. We're almost there. We spent a lo tof time on it at the end of last year. We're gonna go in and cut a few more songs here in early spring and should be set to do something after that. I think there's some gems yet to come."

As for what to expect, Howell predicts a mix of new and familiar. "When we did our first record we had a lot of stories about things we were going through in our early 20s. Now we're a little older and it's coolb ecause we're able to, writing-wise, show a little more of that, I guess, maturity, in the songs, but you can still kinda tell what we're going through. We want our sound to grow, and we want our lyrics to grow as we progress as a band. We feel really strong about this record, and we're really looking forward to putting this all together and being able to present it to the world."

Howell adds that the current single "What I See" is "one of my favorite songs we've written. Brandon (Lancaster) and I started writing that in a parking lot; All we had was the bridge and what we wanted to call it. We tend to go to dive bars in different cities, and Brandon's brother once said, 'I wish everyone coudl see what y'all see,' and Brandon and I thought for a second and then got in a room with some other guys and started talking about this dive bar back in our home town and the one (highway) exit. My whole life happened on that exit -- my first beer, my first kiss, my first fight, everything. That exit means the world to me, but to someone else it may just be the exit they pass going to work. So that's where the concept of the song came from."

Lanco and Tyler Rich perform Thursday, March 6, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m. $30. 313-961-6358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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