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CRS 2021 New Faces Showcases – The Full Recap

This year, CRS (Country Radio Seminar) looked quite different from years past. We weren’t all gathered at the Omni Hotel in Nashville celebrating the incredible people and artists that make the country genre so popular. Instead, we were in our respective homes or offices, watching on laptops across the country. The virtual CRS however did allow for a spectacular chance to network with radio programmers, personalities, media, and people involved in all facets of the industry. 

New Faces CRS 2021

Each year at the conclusion of this great seminar, five rising talents take the stage for a one-of-a-kind showcase called New Faces. Here at NYCountry Swag, we cherish the new artists that we choose to champion and so many of the artists who were nominated and voted for tonight are not new to our followers however they are just on the verge of their superstar careers. 

 

HARDY kicked off the night of performances with songs from his debut LP, A ROCK including “BOOTS”, “UNAPOLOGETICALLY COUNTRY AS HELL”, and his first number one song as an artist “ONE BEER”. He was also grateful to be able to perform his current radio single, a song for anyone who is missing someone they have lost called “GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL”. His signature grit and energy was the perfect way to showcase his talent for anyone who already wasn’t a fan. Learn more about HARDY and check out an acoustic session from his last trip to New York City in our video above. 

Next up was Matt Stell who not only performed his back-to-back number-one singles “Prayed for You” and “Everywhere But On” but also included a video package that surely brought the audience to tears featuring his proud mother. Stell’s mix of rock and country and his stage presence absolutely earned him a spot in the five artists featured. Check out our Swag Session with Matt Stell in the video below.

Tenille Arts, one of our 2021 Artists to Watch, showcased her vocal prowess and catchy lyrics with tracks from her most recent album including “Everybody Knows Everybody”, and her current top 15 radio single “Somebody Like That”. She also performed her latest release, “Give It To Me Straight” and her personality and her talent glittered just like her gorgeous hand-decorated guitar. 

Travis Denning was up next, his performance of his first number one song “After A Few” and his next radio single “ABBY” was electric, and he even dazzled attendees with a brand new song, “I’m Gonna Love You”. Denning joined us for a Swag Session in New York City. Revisit the interview and performance in the video below.

 

To close out an already remarkable evening of live music, Ashley McBryde, a current GRAMMY nominee brought her delicate vocals and honest storytelling to the stage. Starting her set with songs from her first album that put her on the map “Girl Goin Nowhere” and “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” she told the story of her journey so far in the industry. “One Night Standards” and “Martha Divine” from her current album Never Will showcased the magic she can bring to a room.

While we anxiously await the return of concerts and live music, it’s a positive thought to know that when we do all gather again, country artists have written and recorded some amazing music for us during this past year. 

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HARDY, Ashley McBryde and More Announced as 2021 CRS New Faces

Earlier today, Country Radio Seminar (CRS) officially announced the CRS 2020 New Faces of Country Music Class of 2021.

The CRS New Faces of Country Music is one of the most coveted showcases of the weekend that spotlights five emerging artists that have achieved significant success in the country genre. This year, Tenille Arts, Travis Denning, HARDY, Ashley McBryde, and Matt Stell were honored with the title.

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For three years in a row, our team has had the pleasure of attending Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville, where country music and radio industry gather to exchange ideas, check out new talent, and celebrate the country music genre. Although the 2021 seminar will be virtual, members of the country music and country radio community will still come together through technology to celebrate the year in music.

We highlighted Travis Denning back in 2018 when he was just hitting the scene and Matt Stell back in 2018 and was our first Swag Session in 2020. Watch both performances and interviews below.

We’ve also championed HARDY since he started releasing his own music as an artist/songwriter. His album Hixtape Vol. 1 made our 2019 Albums of the Year and we’ve loved watching his career explode.

CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 19.  The New Faces of Country Music® Show closes out the event on Friday, Feb. 19. 

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Nominees for CRS 2021 Virtual New Faces of Country Music Announced

The 2021 CRS New Faces of Country Music nominees have been revealed today, November 16th.

2021 New Faces of Country Music Nominees

For three years in a row, our team has had the pleasure of attending Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville, where country music and radio industry gather to exchange ideas, check out new talent, and celebrate the country music genre. Although the 2021 seminar will be virtual, members of the country music and country radio community will still come together through technology to celebrate the year in music.

The CRS New Faces of Country Music is one of the most coveted showcases of the weekend that spotlights five emerging artists that have achieved significant success at Country Radio. This year, nine deserving artists have been nominated for the honor, including Tenille Arts, Travis Denning, HARDY, Ryan Hurd, Ashley McBryde, Parker McCollum, Niko Moon, Jameson Rodgers, and Matt Stell.

Here at NYCountry Swag, we pride ourselves on being tastemakers and introducing our followers and country music fans to the freshest and newest talents in country music. We are proud to say that we have been able to interview most of the nominees, as well as, witness their talents in different capacities, and can honestly say that they all are deserving of the accolades. We even named Parker McCollum, Jameson Rodgers, and HARDY in our 2020 Artists to Watch.

CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 19.  The New Faces of Country Music Show closes out the event on Friday, Feb. 19.

Voting for the Class of 2021 will open Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. CST and will run through the end of the day (11:59 p.m. CST), Friday, Dec. 4 at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.  The five acts with the most votes will make up the lineup for the show. To view the New Faces of Country Music® qualification criteria, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

We look forward to seeing which five artists make up the New Faces of Country Class of 2020, and we cannot wait for the showcase. In the meantime, check out our recap from our experience at Country Radio Seminar last year and watch our exclusive interviews and performances with each of the artists nominated below.

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NYCS First Impression: Travis Denning ‘Beer’s Better Cold’

Travis Denning Beer's Better Cold

When you combine the influence of hair metal bands with your Georgia roots, it results in the creative sound of country music newcomer, Travis Denning. His debut EP, Beer’s Better Cold, released today (May 15th) and contains six tracks, five of which the 27-year-old from Warner Robbins co-wrote. “I want people to come away thinking ‘Who in the hell was that?'” he says of his first major-label project. “And ‘Where can I hear more?'”

“Where That Beer’s Been” starts off the record. This song gives us a taste of who Travis Denning is; a simple, southern boy who likes to let loose and have a good time. “I don’t know where that beer’s been, but I know where it’s going,” he sings.

The lead single, “After a Few” is climbing to the top of the country charts; it currently sits at number six on Billboard Airplay. Written by Denning, Kelly Archer, and Justin Weaver, this song tells the story of how a few drinks is all it takes for the singer and his former lover to make a mistake they will both regret in the morning. The electric guitar is prevalent on this track, showcasing his rock-influence. Denning describes this sound as “a hypnotic Tom Petty vibe.” Watch the music video below:

The next song, “ABBY” will likely be the next single as it is getting a lot of airplay on satellite radio. “ABBY” is an up-tempo, breakup song in which the protagonist is happy to finally end his relationship. Abby, however, is not the name of the other girl, it stands for “anybody but you.” We heard this song for the first time back in December when Denning opened for Riley Green at the Gramercy Theatre. “It’s not about one girl, and it’s not about all girls, this song is just about that one person that you don’t give two shits about anymore in your life,” Denning announced at the show. The songwriters (Ashley Gorley, Chase McGill, Matt Jenkins) use a fun and clever acronym to describe this unfortunate, yet common situation.

“Won’t make me go crazy like you know who / and her name is ABBY / that’s anybody but you”

In the next track, “Tank of Gas and a Radio Song”, Denning reminisces of good times just driving and fooling around with ex. He says the relationship was like a tank of gas and a song on the radio, as the best things in life don’t last long enough.

We anticipated another drinking song with the title track “Beer’s Better Cold” but Denning just uses the phrase to begin his list of the common facts of life. Unfortunately, the list that takes a melancholy turn as it closes with the fact that his ex won’t be back in his life anytime soon.

“Touchdowns-six, seven with a kick / a good song hits home and it’s always gonna be like that / Yeah, that’s just the fact, that beer’s better cold and she ain’t coming back”

The EP ends with a love song, “Sittin’ By A Fire.” Denning turns down a bonfire party with the boys because he was already sitting by a fire, meaning the person he is with. The sparks in her eyes and her red-hot kiss is all he needed to convince him that this was a better way to spend his Saturday night.

“We wanted the core of these songs to sound like a dad-gum rock band,” Denning said in a press release. “I wanted it to be guitar, bass, and drums, and there was something cool about starting there. It really anchored the songs on this power trio, in-your-face thing, and that was such a key-switch in my head. It was like ‘Alright, this is it.'”

Growing up, Denning listened to all types of music from Motley Crue, The Allman Brothers Band, and Outkast. He moved to Nashville when he was 21 and began writing music for Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Chase Rice, and others. He tallied his first top-25 hit for Michael Ray with the song “Her World Or Mine.” His break-out as an artist came with his original song “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs”, a fun, teenage anthem about a boy with a fake I.D.

“I feel like a lot of people today come from where I come from – we just like music and it doesn’t matter what you call it,” Denning said. “I’m gonna make music for people like that.”

Denning has already toured alongside artists such as Riley Green, LANCO, Dustin Lynch, and others, performing mostly covers. The release of this EP expands his catalog and allows him to elongate his sets and perform original material. Although we are uncertain when live shows will resume, Denning is scheduled to hit the road with Sam Hunt on his SOUTHSIDE Summer Tour; a great opportunity to showcase these songs to country music fans all over the US.

NYCS Picks:

  1. “ABBY”
  2. “Beer’s Better Cold”

Keep up with Denning by following him on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Beer’s Better Cold is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our “New Country Music” playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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Travis Denning Cuts Deep on Clever Revenge Breakup Anthem “ABBY”

Travis Denning ABBY

Travis Denning, an upcoming country star signed with Mercury Nashville and released a vengeful and punch single, “ABBY”. This track follows Denning’s success with his current top 20 single “After a Few”, a song that details lustful and romantic feelings after a few drinks. The release of “ABBY” is extra special: not only did it come out on Valentine’s Day, but the sharp-witted title that doubles as an acronym for “Any Body But You” caught the attention of fans after Denning played the tune a few times on the road.

Denning is known for his songwriting abilities, but this new single was written by Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins, and Chase McGill. The singer recounts exclusively to PEOPLE that “the minute [he] heard this song, [he] knew [he] had to record it, because [his] instant reaction was, ‘man, I wish I wrote that”.

The Georgia native sings with passion and fury, all the while not taking the concept of the song too seriously. Beginning with cunning, straight to the point lyrics, the listener is immediately clued into the song’s sassy way of telling a story.

“I hate to break it to ya girl, but we’re breaking up // I’ve put up with your drama just about long enough // And now you wanna know if there’s somebody else // Well if I’m being honest then the answer is yes // And her name is Abby, that’s anybody but you”

The bold and frisky tune begins with a fast-paced, playful riff that leads into the explosive country rooted chorus. Denning’s powerful vocals belt the song’s punch line, “And her name is Abby,”, leaving the listener with a captivating sense of emotion and strong desire to stand up and shout.

Throughout the song, Denning smoothly transitions back and forth from a fresh, pop sound to his deep country core. The listener is constantly kept on their toes for more nimble digs and compelling melodies.

Denning has an exciting touring schedule, as he’s starting off 2020 with Dustin Lynch’s STAY COUNTRY TOUR and will then look toward his role as a special guest on Sam Hunt’s THE SOUTHSIDE SUMMER TOUR.

To keep up with Travis Denning, you can follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Riley Green & Travis Denning Impress Fans at Gramercy Theatre in NYC

Last night the Get That Man A Beer Tour with Riley Green and Travis Denning made its way to a packed house at Gramercy Theatre in Midtown Manhattan. The breakout star and one of our 2019 Artists to Watch, has been on the road nonstop this past year, first opening for Brad Paisley’s World Tour then plotting out this headlining run and next he will join Jason Aldean’s We Back Tour.

Travis Denning Riley Green

Kicking things off, Swag Session alumni, Travis Denning took the stage to captivate the already packed venue. The full band set featured his songs “After A Few” and “Tank Of Gas and a Radio Song” as well as a great medley of female country songs like Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine”, Taylor Swift’s “Picture to Burn”, Reba’s “Fancy” and Miranda Lambert’s “Kerosene”. Denning and his band showed their southern rock influences on “Ramblin’ Man” which featured an intense and harmonious jam session.

He introduced a new song, “ABBY” which he says is “…is not about one girl, okay, and it’s not about all girls, this song is just about that one person that you don’t give two shits about anymore in your life, okay?”. “ABBY” being an acronym for ‘Any Body But You’, the cheeky song had fans intently listening and smiling along. He closed his set with his breakout single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs” and from the moment the song started Gramercy Theatre was singing along, even singing the final chorus back to the rising artist.

As soon as the house lights dimmed and the giant Christmas tree lights flickered on (complete with a red solo cup star), fans of the Alabama native and headliner, Riley Green started screaming. Kicking off his set with the title of the tour, “Get That Man A Beer”, Green entertained the Gramercy Theatre for 75 minutes with track after track from his debut album Different ‘Round Here. He sprinkled in some classic covers throughout the night like Jamey Johnson’s “In Color” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” but for the most part, this country boy kept things traditional country.

Riley Green Travis Denning

New York City sang along with Green to his album cuts “Same Old Song”, “Georgia Time”, and “Runnin With An Angel” and he seemed quite impressed that so many fans from the tri-state area were such big fans of his traditional vibe. Taking a moment in between songs to introduce the next or tell a quick story about the songwriting process, Green kept the room engaged for the entirety of the Wednesday evening.

His current single, the heartwarming, “I Wish Grandpas Never Died”, although a slower track cultivated an entire venue wide sing-along, echoing the sentiments of the touching lyrics. The night would not have been complete without his debut single, and very first chart-topper, “There Was This Girl”. It was incredible to watch an entire venue sing along to a song that we featured as an acoustic version over a year ago during our Swag Session with the breakout star. Watch that performance below.

For more exclusive clips from last night’s show head to our Instagram. This is the final weekend of the Get That Man A Beer Tour as it heads to Philadelphia tonight. Coming up in 2020 Travis Denning will be opening for the Stay Country Tour with Dustin Lynch and Riley Green will be on tour with Jason Aldean.

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Dustin Lynch Announces ‘Stay Country Tour’ & New Album, ‘Tullahoma’

Dustin Lynch Stay Country Tour and Album

Today is a big day for Dustin Lynch fans! Fresh off his opening gig for Thomas Rhett on the widely successful ‘VERY HOT SUMMER TOUR.,’ the platinum-selling recording artist is officially announcing his 2020 headlining tour and the release date for his new record Tullahoma.

 The new album is slated to come out on January 17th and will focus on all things small town. According to Lynch, “It’s all about [him] and growing up in [his] hometown,” adding, “every song on the album points to something that happened to me or my close friends and family and that’s really cool. I’m very proud of where I’m from, and proud of this record because it will hopefully make my hometown a little more famous than it already is.”

Lynch’s Ridin’ Roads EP, including songs “Ridin’ Roads,” “Little Town Livin’” and “Red Dirt, Blue Eyes,” as well as his charted single, “Good Girl” will all be featured on the new project, as they all fit the hometown, country boy vibe that the Grand Ole Opry member is after. This is sure to be Lynch’s most personal project to date.

Soon after the album premiere, Lynch will share the stage with country newcomer, Travis Dennis on his headlining ‘STAY COUNTRY TOUR 2020.’ The tour kicks off at The Filmore in Detroit, Michigan on January 30th, giving fans just enough time to learn the words to all the new music. Lynch and Denning will be on the road together through March, hitting fifteen different venues across the United States. There is not yet a New York City date, but keep an eye on our calendar for any additional dates!

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 15th at 10:00 am. local time and a portion of each sale will benefit Lynch’s ‘The Cowboys and Angels Funds,’ which supports a multitude of children’s charities. Head to dustinlynchmusic.com for tickets and more information.

To keep up with Dustin Lynch follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

DUSTIN LYNCH’S STAY COUNTRY TOUR 2020 announced dates:
January 30 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore+
January 31 – Troy, OH @ Hobart Arena+
February 1 – Athens, OH @ Memorial Auditorium+
February 7 – Norman, OK @ Riverwind Casino+
February 8 – San Antonio, TX @ San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo*
February 13 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee+
February 14 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland+^
February 15 – Prior Lake, MN @ Mystic Lake Casino+*
February 28 – Bensalem, PA @ Parx Casino+^
February 29 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort Casino+
March 1 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues+
March 13 – Reno, NV @ Silver Legacy Resort Casino+
March 14 – Bakersfield, CA @ Rabobank Theatre+
March 27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE+
March 28 – Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino++with Travis Denning
^on-sale date is November 22
*on-sale now

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Travis Denning Releases An Ode to His Home in “Heartbeat Of A Small Town”

Travis Denning Heartbeat of a Small Town

Swag spotlight alum, Travis Denning finally released new music on Friday! His new song “Heartbeat of a Small Town,” follows his infectious single, “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs” and the clever, “After a Few.”

Denning takes a softer approach in his new track. The slow burn relies on a catchy hook and chorus with lyrics that personify a hometown. Similar to Brandon Ratcliff’s “Slow Down Hometown” and Riley Green’s “Outlaws like Us,” Denning glorifies small town living, showing his appreciation for Friday night lights at football games and the American flag. Although the song could have been generic, relying on clichés, Denning makes it personal to his own experience growing up. The personalization is both emotive and touching, making the listener want to spin it again and again.

“Southern wind blowin’ through pine trees / Coke can poppin’ in the backseat / Nothin’ like that middle-of-nowhere sound / Heartbeat of a small town / Heartbeat of a small town.”

Denning’s new song is a staple at his live shows, probably because of how important it is to the artist. Last week, he captioned an Instagram picture of the cover art with a short, but meaningful sentiment, “I love where I come from. Plain and simple. It’s one of the biggest parts of who I am. I’m excited to share a big part of that story,” adding a reminder to fans that the song would be out today.

Denning may not be a frills and production type of guy, but what you will get from him is heartfelt vocals, genuine lyrics, a whole lot of pride in his hometown and of course, country music. Catch him on tour with Riley Green, when the tour stops in New York City in December. For tickets and more information, head to travisdenning.com.

To keep up with Travis Denning follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Heartbeat of a Small Town” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Riley Green Kicks Off Get That Man A Beer Tour and Adds Dates

Riley Green has just wrapped up his opening slot on Brad Paisley’s World Tour and he is not slowing down,  this past weekend he kicked off his very own headlining, Get That Man A Beer Tour in Georgia and he added additional dates including a New York City date. Alabama native sang his chart-topping single “There Was This Girl” for us in October of last year and since then he’s continued to release incredible music, including his latest single “I Wish Grandpas Never Died”.  Watch our Swag Session and our interiew with the rising star below.

Direct support for Green, another Swag Session alum is Travis Denning. Denning who burst onto the scene with his top 40 hit “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs” has spent his summer playing some of the biggest country music festivals including Faster Horses, Watershed Festival and Country Thunder.  He will now accompany Green on the Get That Man a Beer Tour and continue promoting his new music including his latest release, “After A Few”.

The Get That Man A Beer Tour will make it’s New York City stop on December 11th at Gramercy Theatre. Grab your tickets here.

For tickets and more information head to rileygreenmusic.com.

To keep up with Riley Green follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
To keep up with Travis Denning follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

See below for a full list of tour dates.

2019 ‘GET THAT MAN A BEER’ Tour Dates:

Sept. 5— Statesboro, GA. @ The Blue Room
Sept. 6 — Phenix City, AL. @ Phenix City Amphitheater
Sept. 13 — Columbia, SC. @ The Senate
Sept. 19 — Billings, MT. @ Pub Station Ballroom
Sept. 20 — Bozeman, MT. @ The Rialto Theatre
Sept. 21 — Spokane, WA. @ Knitting Factory
Sept. 26 — Los Angeles, CA. @ Troubadour
Sept. 27 — Las Vegas, NV. @ Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Oct. 17 — Tuscaloosa, AL. @ Druid City Music Hall
Oct. 18 — Tuscaloosa, AL. @ Druid City Music Hall
Nov. 7 — Athens, GA. @ Georgia Theatre
Nov. 8 — Athens, GA. @ Georgia Theatre
Nov. 9 — Charlotte, NC. @ Coyote Joe’s
Nov. 15 — Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford
Nov. 16 — Mobile, AL. @ Soul Kitchen Music Tour
Nov. 21 — Tulsa, OK. @ Cain’s Ballroom
Nov. 29 — Baton Rouge, LA. @ The Texas Club
Dec. 6 — Atlanta, GA. @ Buckhead Theatre
Dec. 11 — New York, NY. @ Gramercy Theatre
Dec. 12 — Philadelphia, PA. @ The Foundry
Dec. 13 — Binghamton, N.Y. @ Touch of Texas
Dec. 14 — Norfolk, VA. @ The Norva

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LANCO & Travis Denning Bring ‘Hallelujah Nights Tour’ to New York City

New York country fans braced the cold weather Thursday (Nov. 29) to head to Irving Plaza for LANCO’s, ‘Hallelujah Nights Tour’. Country newcomer, Travis Denning, was tasked with warming up the crowd as the evenings opening act.

Just before his set, Denning joined NYCountry Swag for a LIVE Swag Session, performing two of his songs live on Facebook for our followers and taking the time to chat about what’s next for the rising artist. Check out the full performance in the video above. Kicking off the Irving Plaza show, Denning’s set did not disappoint. He had a packed room of fans entertained by his musical ability, catchy songs, and stage presence from the first note. After singing his unreleased track, “Heartbeat of a Small Town” potentially from his forthcoming debut album, the singer-songwriter energetically addressed the crowd. “New York City, how the hell are you?! My name is Travis, and it’s damn good to back here with you people,” the artist exclaimed as fans erupted into applause.

Denning went on to sing a few other songs, including another unreleased track, “Good Years” and a cover of Miranda Lambert’s “Kerosene”. Just before leading into his recently released song, “Red, White and Blue”, the singer shared his inspiration for the tune and showed his support for the military men and women, while also acknowledging his Georgia roots, where he shared that he was proud to live near an air force base.

Arguably one of the best moments from Denning’s set was his performance of his top 40 debut single, “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs”. Fans seemed to know the track, as they sang back the words to the singer, throughout the entire song. This is always a memorable moment, where the artist makes a connection with the audience and turns the crowd into fans, if they weren’t already. Denning ended his opening gig showing much gratitude for the engaged crowd.

LANCO at Irving Plaza, NYC

LANCO at Irving Plaza, NYC / Photo via @lancomusic on Instagram

Shortly following Denning’s set, Katie Neal and Jesse Addy from Nash FM 94.7 gave the boys of LANCO a warm welcome to the stage. The group sang songs off their debut album, Hallelujah Nights, as well as performed an epic mashup of covers. Their approximately 90-minute performance began with songs like “We Do,” “Win You Over,” and “Pick You Up.” The crowd was soaking in every word, as lead singer, Brandon Lancaster poured his heart out on stage, even swaying their arms back and forth, during “So Long (I Do).”

LANCO really got the party going, when they covered The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside,” getting the audience involved, “There’s a lot of words in this one, so y’all help us sing ‘em.” The crowd obliged, singing along through the entire high energy song. Lancaster explained how the band ended up including this song in their setlist, talking about their humble beginnings, playing at college bars.

“Playing for free, honestly playing for free beer and that’s about it, but that means something though. It means your boys over hear play Mr. Brightside, but ya’ll we know how to honky tonk a little bit alright, so uh, so I know we’re in New York City, but you seem to like country music, so I thought it would be fun to… Can we turn Irving Plaza into a honky tonk for a second, alright?!.”

Immediately following, LANCO joined the crowd on the floor for some entertaining and chilling covers, including country superstar, Eric Church’s “Drink in My Hand” and “Springsteen,” as well as Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.” LANCO’s connection with the fans was truly evident in this moment, making it a highlight of the night as captured in our Instagram video seen below.

Finally, after playing a couple of other songs off their record, such as, “Middle of Night,” the group said goodnight to fans and left the stage, only to come back for an awesome encore performance of their greatest hits, “Born to Love You,” and “Greatest Love Story.” Lancaster made sure to share his inspiration for the former.

“I found no matter where you go, wherever you’re from, whatever you’re born into… A big city like New York, somewhere a few hours from here, maybe you drove in… No matter what country you’re born into, whatever circumstance you’re born into, it doesn’t matter. If you ever get to find someone to go through life with- to go through the good, the bad, the ugly, the ups, the downs, you’ll find no matter what you’re born into- you were born to love them, so this next song is called ‘Born to Love You’.”

Both LANCO and Travis Denning truly gave New Yorker’s an unforgettable night of music. They will continue playing shows on the ‘Hallelujah Nights Tour’ through the rest of the year and part of 2019. Head to lancomusic.com for more information.

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