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Artist Spotlight: LANco

May 16, 2016

Today’s “Artist Spotlight” is a band that i’ve had my eyes (and ears) on for a long time: LANco.

Haven’t heard of them? Give it some time. These guys are primed for success. Heck, they even landed at #100 in my “Top 100 Country Music Songs of 2015” countdown with their song “Trouble Maker” and I can name two others that will most likely make my list in 2016. More on that later.


Credit: Rudy Sabin

As a bit of background, formerly known as Lancaster & Company, Sony Music Nashville signed LANco to the label group’s Arista Nashville. The band, consisting of Brandon Lancaster, Tripp Howell, Eric Steedly, Jared Hampton and Chandler Baldwin, released their debut EP on Spotify, featuring the tracks “American Love Story”, “Trouble Maker“, “Long Live Tonight” and “We Do“. You should definitely check it out when you have a few minutes. You won’t regret it. You can find it on iTunes and Amazon.

I actually discovered these guys on a Saturday night back in September when I was on a trip to Atlanta. So I’m checking out the town and I stumble across a venue called Smith’s Olde Bar. Without any plans that evening, I decided to check things out when I heard a familiar tune (see the link below to a video from a performance of this Red Sox favorite at the Rodeo Club late last year). I’m glad I walked in. Although I only caught a couple songs that night, it gave me an idea of who the band is and what they’re all about. I was very excited to catch them again a few months later, late last year in San Jose.

I’ve got to admit, while I loved the energy and crowd interaction of both the Atlanta and San Jose shows, one of my favorite songs they played both nights was the ballad “American Love Story“. This song is your small town love story that many of us can relate to. I sure can and I’m pretty sure that the rest of the crowd did as well. I read somewhere that it was featured on Netflix’s “The Ranch” and I’m going to go out on a limb right now and say that you’ll hear this one as a radio hit later in 2016.


As I mentioned, at the San Jose show, LANco pulled a few cover songs out of their bag.

Here’s a link to one of the highlights of the evening, a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”.

Here’s a link to a cover of Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance”.

I’m not sure that there’s a lot more I can say about LANco. These guys are fun. They’re talented. They put on a show that makes you want more.

Oh, I do have one more thing. Did I mention that in the concerts I saw, they played the second half of their final song from the crowd? The lead singer literally brought some drums into the crowd and went to town. The crowd ate it up! I actually ended up with a drumstick from the San Jose show. My son has claimed it for his own.

I can tell you this right now, you don’t want to miss LANco when they come to your town. Whether opening for another act, or performing their own set at a club, they are well worth your time.

In fact, they’ll be back in San Jose on Wednesday, June 1, opening for Chris Janson at the Rodeo Club (and I’m still trying to find a way to make a trip down from Oregon to catch the show). You guys have any plans for an Oregon show anytime soon?

Interested in keeping up with LANco? Make sure you visit their website and check them out on Twitter at @LancoMusic and on Facebook.

So what did I miss? Have you seen LANco live? Is the show as good as I said? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.



Father’s Day Fun…

June 25, 2013

Here’s what I got for Father’s Day. Love it!


Boston and More…

April 22, 2013

Not much else can be said that hasn’t been said about the Boston Marathon bombings last week. Actually, David “Big Papi” Ortiz probably said it best prior to Saturday’s Red Sox game.

The last week has been very emotionally intense, especially for those of us with friends in family in Boston. To think it has only been a week since the bombings took place. All that has happened since, from the release of the photos of the suspects, to the 24 hour manhunt and eventual capture of suspect #2. It has been a crazy few days!

Makayla and I did what we could to show our support for the people of Boston this weekend. Go Red Sox!


Cliff Lee Rejoins the Philadelphia Phillies

December 13, 2010

According to multiple sources, free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee has reached a preliminary agreement on a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pencil the Phillies in for 105-110 wins in 2011 and a trip to the World Series where they’ll take on the Boston Red Sox. I’m calling it right now! Their pick up of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford should put them over the top in the American League.

From the Associated Press:

The deal is subject to the 32-year-old left-hander passing a physical, the person said on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not final.

The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers received telephone calls Monday night telling them they were out of the running, two separate people familiar with those team’s negotiations said, also on condition of anonymity.

Lee 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner turned down longer and more lucrative offers to return to the team he helped reach the 2009 World Series after a midseason trade from Cleveland.

Red Sox Snag Carl Crawford

December 9, 2010

My night just got a little better!

The Boston Globe and other sources, including ESPN, are reporting that the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a 7 year deal with Carl Crawford for $142 million.

One word: Awesome!

From the Boston Globe:

The deal came to fruition late last night according to a Major Source with direct knowledge of the negotiations. The deal will be complete upon Crawford taking a physical, which could come as soon as today.

The deal makes Crawford the highest-paid outfielder in baseball history. His contract language includes partial no-trade protection.

The Angels had been in pursuit of Crawford, the top position player on the free-agent market. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had dinner with Crawford and agent Brian Peters on Tuesday night. The Texas Rangers also were involved.


Kevin Youkilis Done for Season

August 5, 2010

Sorry Red Sox fans. It’s being reported that first baseman Kevin Youkilis will undergo season-ending surgery tomorrow to repair a torn muscle in his right thumb.

So, how will this affect the Red Sox run for the playoffs? Can they win the AL East or a Wild Card slot without Youk?

From ESPN:

“They took another MRI right in the [thumb] area that left no doubt surgery was necessary,” general manager Theo Epstein told “Youk is a big part of our heart and soul. He’s one of our best players and one of the best players in the league. It’s a big impact but it creates an opportunity for other guys to step up and help offensively.

“If there is a silver lining, it is that it’s pretty routine surgery. He’ll be 100 percent and have a normal offseason.”

When asked if the procedure would end any chance of Youkilis playing in the postseason as well, Francona said the team would “have to drag this out to around Thanksgiving” for his star first baseman to be available.

George Steinbrenner Dies at Age 80

July 13, 2010

UPDATE: Here is the official statement from the New York Yankees organization.

As a Red Sox fan, you’d probably expect me to not care about the death of George Steinbrenner. I’ve spoken to a few people this morning who feel that way and I don’t understand why. No matter what team you support, you have to admit, he knew how to build a winner.

Until the past year or two, George Steinbrenner was the visible leader of the Yankees organization. He brought in the talent needed to win a number of World Championships. He was loved by some, and hated by many.

But he always did what he thought needed to be done to win, and the baseball world has lost one of its most regognizable faces and the game will not be the same without him! I wonder what George Costanza is thinking today 🙂

RIP George Steinbrenner.

From the New York Times:

George Steinbrenner, who bought a declining Yankees team in 1973, promised to stay out of its daily affairs and then, in an often tumultuous reign, placed his formidable stamp on 7 World Series championship teams, 11 pennant winners and a sporting world powerhouse valued at perhaps $1.6 billion, died Tuesday morning, the team announced. He was 80 and lived in Tampa, Fla.

“He was an incredible and charitable man,” the family said in a statement.

“He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again.”

Mr. Steinbrenner’s death came nine months after the Yankees won their first World Series title since 2000, clinching their six-game victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at his new Yankee Stadium, and two days after the team’s longtime public-address announcer Bob Sheppard died at age 99.

From the Wall Street Journal:

George Steinbrenner, the 80-year-old owner of the New York Yankees, died in a Tampa hospital after suffering a heart attack early Tuesday morning.

“It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing. He passed away this morning in Tampa, Fla., at age 80,” the family said in a statement released to ESPN.

Steinbrenner’s health has been declining in recent years, and he had reportedly given up daily control of the team to his children.

From USA Today:

Here are some of our favorite quotes from George:

On whether he liked owning race horses more than controlling the Yankees: “I like horses better, because they can’t talk to sportswriters.”

On his personality: “I’m like Archie Bunker. I get mad as hell when my team blows one.”

Reacting in 1978 to commissioner Bowie Kuhn’s criticism that he paid too much for players: “I don’t agree with free agency, but it wasn’t my leadership that created it.”

On baseball players: “(They) should be the happiest guys in the world. They’re getting paid magabucks for playing a kids’ game.”

His plan when as president of the American Shipbuilding Company, he bought the Yankees in 1973: “We plan absentee ownership. I’ll stick to building ships.”

His self-parody, on Saturday Night Live, in 1990: “Where is it written that if you don’t get results right away you fire somebody? . . . Only a jackass would do that.”