At the Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, Texas country band Midland recorded two tracks for a Spotify Singles release, “Burn Out” and “Tougher Than the Rest.” “Burn Out” is featured on the band’s 2017 debut (and only) record On The Rocks. The album has earned Midland a multitude of fans, but since it only clocks in at 45-minutes long, the band uses cover songs to fill in and boost their nightly set lists.
Midland played “Tougher Than the Rest” during their set at Bonnaroo and in many cities along their lengthy tour. The song starts out simply and slowly builds up as the boys harmonize and kick in the drums. When the track reaches a crying guitar solo, listeners are inevitably captivated by the declaration the singer makes about being ready for love, sounding vulnerable despite the statement that he’s “tougher than the rest.”
This song was originally written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen in his home studio called Thrill Hill East for his 1987 album Tunnel of Love. It wasn’t released as a single in the U.S. as it was in other parts of the world, but the song was received well live by American audiences. The track has been covered by many artists across several different genres. For a while, Cher was known to cover the song live and Emmylou Harris and Chris LeDoux have recorded their own versions of the track.
With hits like “Drinkin’ Problem” and “Make A Little,” Midland will continue to draw in country music fans to see them perform a mix of their own songs and their well-crafted covers. Their current tour runs through August 29, and from there, the band joins the Life Changes Tour with Thomas Rhett from Sept. 13 to Oct. 27. But they won’t stop there – Midland already has dates planned all the way through mid-December on their Electric Rodeo tour.