The amazing thing about country music is it’s always been a very big tent: way back in the 50s, you had traditional artists like Leroy Van Dyke and Hank Snow being played alongside some of rock n roll’s very founders, like Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis. And that wide spectrum of styles still exists today. For example, Sam Hunt unquestionably straddles the line between pop and country, and yet you are likely to hear one of his songs followed up on the radio by a new traditionalist like Jon Pardi or the band starring at KNCI’s next Nashville in the Neighborhood, Midland.
The trio, from the town of Dripping Springs, Texas, are still enjoying the success of their first single, “Drinkin’ Problem”, a song that stands out not in spite of, but because of it’s simplicity. While many acts are cranking up the amps and fiddling around with loops on drum machines, Midland’s sound is something any fan of George Strait, or the Eagles, can easily relate to: clever lyrics that pull you into the song’s story and just enough instrumentation to move it along.
Mark Wystrach is the band’s lead vocalist (and is a former Dior fashion model. Don’t believe? Click here for the pics). He told Rudy Blair Entertainment they’re not about following fads or trends. “We’re just making music we love and people are responding to it. And that’s the best of all scenarios.” Bandmate Cameron Duddy calls Drinkin’ Problem a “classic country song…it takes place in a bar, like any good country song does…and I think we’ve all been that guy once in a while, who sort of avoids the reality of the situation.”
The two, and third band mate Jess Carson, named their group after a song called “Fair To Midland” by one of their idols, Dwight Yoakam, and there’s no doubt a traditionalist like Yoakam would love what they’re doing. You will too, when you see them along with Carly Pearce at a special fall harvest-themed Nashville in the Neighborhood on Oct 25th at Dave’s Pumpkin Patch. Tickets are on sale now through our website. See you there!