One of Arista Nashville’s newest additions to its roster, LANco visited with MusicRow on Tuesday morning (May 3) to showcase three songs from their four-song LANco EP, including “Trouble Maker,” “American Love Story,” and their current single “Long Live Tonight.”
Like many bands, LANco’s members—Brandon Lancaster, Tripp Howell, Eric Steedly, Jared Hampton, and Chandler Baldwin—found a shared musical bond through performing in other bands around the Middle Tennessee area.
Introducing “Long Live Tonight,” Lancaster stated, “This song is about making the most of every moment you’ve got.”
It’s a maxim that has brought the band from secretly rehearsing in warehouses to working with Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town) and inking their deal with Arista Nashville.
At the time, band member Tripp Howell worked at a carpet warehouse by day, and was a musician by night. The band took advantage of the space and time they had to develop their sound. “At that time we weren’t really making any money and couldn’t afford a rehearsal spot,” says Lancaster. “Tripp had the keys to the carpet warehouse so we would sneak in there and just rehearse. We would always try to load our stuff out before the store opened. Then we got kind of lazy, so we put our equipment in the corner of the warehouse and threw old dusty rugs over our stuff, hoping not to get caught. We did get caught.”
Later, Lancaster would take a risk with a bigger payoff. During one of his shifts working at the Bridgestone Arena’s concession stand, Lancaster spotted Jay Joyce.
“I was a huge fan, so I thought that was the appropriate time to shut down my register. I just approached him as a fan,” says Lancaster. “We got to talking and about 30 minutes later, he invited me to his studio to play some songs.”
That meeting and a four-song performance led to an offer to record an album at Joyce’s Neon Cross Studio in Nashville.
“We did that, and got ourselves an RV and hit the road to build a fan base,” says Lancaster. “We played a show at [Nashville’s] The High Watt. There were a few guys in the green room after the show that we didn’t recognize, but it was Randy Goodman and Steve Hodges from Sony and that whole crew and they offered us a deal on the spot.”
“Long Live Tonight” officially impacts country radio on July 11. The band will spend the summer playing festivals, and recently appeared at SXSW and Tortuga Music Festival.
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