If you miss the warm classic country of yesteryear, the days when bands sang distinct harmonies, but you're also ready for something fresh, then boy howdy, do we have a new band for you.
Meet Midland, a country trio hailing from Dripping Springs, Texas. The group is heavily inspired by the music and styles of the late 70's, 80's and early 90's. Think young George Strait meets Tompall & The Glasser Brothers.
Today (Oct. 28.), the band releases their debut self-titled EP. The project contains six taut songs that have a traditional bent, radio-ready hooks, a touch of Texas grit and the chrome polish of Nashville production.
Members Mark Wystrach (lead vocals, guitar), Cameron Duddy (bass,vocals) and Jess Carson (lead guitar, vocals) harmonize on all of their songs -- something you don't hear that much these days. In that regard, they have recently been compared to the Eagles. Comparisons aside, their voices do blend together in a way that makes you stop and say, damn that's good.
The video below is an acoustic performance of their first single "Drinking Problem." The clip was filmed at an old cowboy bar in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where the trio formed a few years ago. The single has full production, but this stripped down performance will give you a sense of the band's harmonies and style.
Midland has a lot going for them. Their timing -- partly by design of their record label Big Machine Record's -- is perfect. Throwback country like this that's both authentic and distinctly modern is the new trend in country music. While the production of their new EP come through the filter of a major Nashville label, nothing here feels like it's forced. They've also got the look: country gold meets modern swagger.
We think you'll be hearing and seeing a lot more of Midland in 2017. Their single "Drinking Problem" hits radio around Christmas time. They've recently opened for Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson and Jack Ingram, and will likely have more high-profile supporting slots in the coming months.