Still relatively new to the country music scene, Midland has a promising career ahead. The country trio released its debut album, On the Rocks, in 2017 to positive critical acclaim. Peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart and at No. 20 on the Billboard 200, the album produced three hit singles: "Drinkin' Problem," "Make a Little" and "Burn Out." The lead single, "Drinkin' Problem," peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 2019, Midland released the single "Mr. Lonely" to promote the release of its sophomore album, Let It Roll.
Men in Suits
Midland's formation goes back to 2013 when Mark Wystrach, Jess Carson and Cameron Duddy were playing songs together during the week leading up to Duddy's wedding. Before forming the band, Wystrach worked as an actor and model while Duddy was known for directing the music video for "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars. After forming the band and naming themselves "Midland" after the Dwight Yoakam song "Fair to Midland," the trio moved to Texas to begin the band's career. Garnering the attention of country music fans by playing in clubs, Midland released its first song, "Fourteen Gears," in 2015. It wasn't long until the band released a five-song self-titled EP, followed quickly by the full-length debut album, On the Rocks, in 2017. The trio's music reflects a neotraditional country sound with country-rock influences. The men are often seen performing in suits reminiscent of Nudie Suits from decades past.
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While at a Midland concert, you'll hear songs such as "Fourteen Gears," "Cheatin' Songs," "Mr. Lonely," "Playboys," "Electric Rodeo," "Make a Little," "Burn Out," "Check Cashin' Country," "Fast Hearts and Slow Turns" and "Drinkin' Problem." The trio sometimes plays covers as well, so you may hear versions of "Tougher Than the Rest" by Bruce Springsteen, "East Bound and Down" by Jerry Reed and "Stuck in the Middle With You" by Stealers Wheel.
Who has Midland toured with?
Midland has provided support for several well-known country music stars. The band has toured with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in 2017 on Soul2Soul: The World Tour, Little Big Town in 2018 on the Breakers Tour and Thomas Rhett in 2018 on the Life Changes Tour. Midland also performed at C2C: Country to Country in 2018, a European country music festival that brings performances to Glasgow, London and Dublin. The trio performed alongside Emmylou Harris and Margo Price with Little Big Town headlining the event.
Which awards has Midland won?
At the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards, Midland won New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year. The band has been nominated for two other ACM Awards and two CMT Music Awards. In 2018, Midland received its first two Grammy Awards nominations. The single "Drinkin' Problem" was nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song.