Meagan McPherson | MTSU Seigenthaler News Service
Country music lovers on Day Two at Bonnaroo came together Friday at the New Music on Tap Lounge to hear a fresh, a new country music quintet LANco.
Led by front man and vocalist Brandon Lancaster, the band includes Chandler Baldwin (bassist), Jared Hampton (multi-instrumentalist), Tripp Howell (drummer), and Eric Steedly (guitarist). Baldwin and Steedly are both Middle Tennessee State University alumni, and the group works with the well-known record producer and songwriter Jay Joyce, producer of Eric Church’s latest hit records.
LANco is on the rise, having just performed earlier this week at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville before heading south to the Farm. Their debut album is coming out in two weeks, and the band has a fall tour planned.
“There are so many different genres being played here (at Bonnaroo), so when you play you’re representing your genre,” Lancaster, in a post-concert interview, said on the differences between playing Bonnaroo and the CMA Fest.
Lancaster, for whom the band is named — LANco is short for Lancaster and Company — said the “best stuff comes from when [they] pull from different influences but remain rooted.”
Some of their musical influencers are the legendary country group Alabama, whose songs they have covered, as well as Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kings of Leon.
The band put on an energized performance, including songs from their self-titled EP such as “Trouble Maker” and their new single “Greatest Love Story.”
Lancaster said their performance represents what Bonnaroo is all about: “Thousands and thousands of people coming together for one reason – music.”
The action-packed performance included drummer Howell throwing both drumsticks into the audience, and Lancaster becoming one with the crowd as he jumped in while the group finished “Greatest Love Story.”
LANco left the audience with “Long Live Tonight,” the perfect summer anthem about living in the moment regardless of the craziness of the world. “Until next time, we’ll see you again,” Lancaster shouted as the set finished.