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LANCO got on country fans’ radar in a big way in 2017 with their debut No. 1 hit, “Greatest Love Story.” The guys opened this year’s Rare Country Awards with that song, and we have a feeling it’s just the beginning of a really big career for this hot new act.

Later in the Dec. 14 show at Nashville’s Acme Feed & Seed, LANCO showed the crowd they can really rock with a performance of their brand-new single, “Born to Love You.” It gives fans a more complete picture of what they can expect on LANCO’s debut album, “Hallelujah Nights,” due out on Jan. 19.

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On top of their two big performances, LANCO also picked up a Rare Country Awards nomination in the New Artist of the Year category. Getting this kind of recognition is something the five guys in the band have been dreaming of for a while now.

“We’re absolutely thrilled,” band member Tripp Howell tells Rare Country. “When you start playing music, you see these awards shows. You’re like, ‘Man, if we could just be at one of those.’ But the fact that we’re starting to get nominated for some of them, it’s really cool. It’s a good feeling. It means we’re doing something right.”

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The fact that the Rare Country Awards are completely fan-voted makes it even sweeter for LANCO.

Lead singer Brandon Lancaster says, “I think it’s incredible. [It’s] just a night where you’re celebrating artists and musicians. The fans have such a say. They make the world go ’round. No one here would have jobs and be traveling around the country if it wasn’t for them. So, the fact that they have a say in it, it’s an incredible night.”

If you missed the Rare Country Awards, or you just want to enjoy it again and again, head over to RareCountryAwards.com. The hour-long special features LANCO as well as performances from Kane Brown and RaeLynn. Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood also make special appearances during the show.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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