The #1 song on CISN Country’s American Country Countdown with Kix Brook is Greatest Love Story from LANco. It took 38 weeks to hit the top of the chart but LANco finally has their first #1 Country chart hit. Greatest Love Story now has over 23-million views on YouTube.
Years of believing in a dream. Celebrating our number one was surreal. Thank you to our fans, and country radio for giving our songs a home. pic.twitter.com/6n074WzjCl
— LANCO (@LancoMusic) November 21, 2017
LANco is making a little history with their debut single. Greatest Love Story marks the first time in more than a decade that a new artist has written their debut single alone and then taken that tune all the way to the top of the chart. Lead singer Brandon Lancaster can claim bragging rights for that feat. The rest of the band is made up of Chandler Baldwin (bass), Jared Hampton (keyboard), Tripp Howell (drums), and Eric Steedly (guitar), and has been performing together for several years before making their big break.
“It’s absolutely incredible to write a song that our entire band has believed in since day one and for our years of hard work to finally pay off,” he says. “We built our foundation as a band on ‘Greatest Love Story’ because we believed in the power of country music storytelling. To see how much it has resonated with so many people makes us feel a little less crazy for believing in it so much.” “This song has kind of changed the course of our career.
Lancaster notes the song has an autobiographical tone at the beginning, but he believes the story has a universal storytelling aspect that transcends his personal feelings, especially the chorus.
“Cause I was gonna be your forever / You were gonna be my wife / We didn’t know any better / Didn’t have a clue about life / But I was what you wanted, you were what I needed / And we could meet in between / We were gonna be the greatest love story this town had ever seen.“
“For me, I started dating a girl and we took some time apart,” says Lancaster. “Then we got back together and you just feel so many different emotions when that happens. It started with that opening line, but it’s not just my story. The other guys in the band have these stories and Lanco drummer Tripp Howell even married his high school sweetheart. There are pieces of all of our stories in this song.”
“Greatest Love Story” has already been certified gold by the RIAA, with LANCO’s full-length debut due in early 2018. “Our album is pretty high energy, it is pretty anthemic. It explains all the different areas of life, all the things people go through and we have been going through as young adults, but celebrates it. It is celebrating the uncertainties of life, about love. There’s a song about how broke we are, but celebrating every aspect of life.
The five-man band heads out on the Losing Sleep tour with Chris Young next year. LANco’s Canadian fans note they will perform at Country Thunder in Craven Saskatchewan Friday July 13th 2018.