One of pop music’s biggest hits of 2017 gets a country makeover Lanco Music/YouTube screenshot
Lanco Music/YouTube screenshot

Whenever country artists cover a song from outside of the genre, it showcases their ability to connect with another audience, while introducing an unexpected twist on a new tune.

Country music group LANCO, known for their Gold-certified, No. 1 hit single “Greatest Love Story,” undoubtedly has their own unique and eclectic sound. So, when they released a video featuring their own version of one of pop music’s biggest hits of the past year, it was quite a treat.

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The five-piece band, which is made up of members Brandon Lancaster, Chandler Baldwin, Jared Hampton, Tripp Howell and Eric Steedly, recently put their own spin on Niall Horan’s sultry smash, “Slow Hands.”

And yes, they absolutely nailed it.

In this performance clip, you’ll notice that unlike the original version of the former One Direction member’s song, the country band’s rendition is less retro and more twang. Brandon, the lead singer and primary songwriter of the group, holds onto a vintage-style microphone and wails out the lyrics of the sexy song, while his buddies back him up on instruments including drums, guitars, tambourine and bass.

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“Slow, slow hands / Like sweat dripping down our dirty laundry / No, no chance / That I’m leaving here without you on me / I, I know / Yeah, I already know that there ain’t no stoppin’ / Your plans and those slow hands,” Brandon sings, while seemingly feeling the beat.

And, if LANCO’s version of “Slow Hands” made you move your body so much that you can’t wait to see them again, no sweat! You can catch them at our first-ever Rare Country Awards livestream concert event originating from Nashville on Dec. 14! The group, which will release debut album “Hallelujah Nights” on Jan. 19, is also nominated for New Artist of the Year, and it’s up to you to choose the winner. Voting is open at through Dec. 13. The livestream concert event, which also features performances by Kane Brown and RaeLynn, will take place Dec. 14 at ACME Feed & Seed in Nashville.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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