Don’t let Midland’s recent forming let you doubt their impact on the country music scene. As bassist Cameron Duddy recalls, the band was formed prior to his wedding when he, lead singer Mark Wystrach, and guitarist Jess Carson played together at the wedding dinner rehearsal. The trio created magic after playing together for the first time and decided that sticking together as a real band would be the best move for them. Little did they know, their decision to form a band would lead to their biggest influence on country music yet.
Along with being the band’s bassist, Cameron Duddy also works as a music video director. Prior to the bands forming in 2016, Duddy had directed sensational music videos for Bruno Mars (“24K Magic”, “Locked Out of Heaven”), Jennifer Lopez (“Ain’t Your Mama”) and Fifth Harmony (“Worth It”). Mark Wystrach, the leader singer for Midland, used to work as an actor and model. Jess Carson is from Oregon, where he grew up entirely influenced by country music. Both of his parents were musicians, and it wasn’t long before Carson would pick up a guitar and follow his family’s footsteps.
A defining moment in the creation of Midland came when they released their first song, “Fourteen Gears”, on their own in 2015.
Midland signed to Big Machine Records on March 9, 2016 and released a five-song extended play. The debut single “Drinkin’ Problem” was featured on the extended play and charted on hot Country Songs and Country Airplay upon its release. Shane McAnally and Josh Osbourne helped the band write the song, and Duddy directed the music video. The single would go on to be nominated for a CMT Award for Group Video of the Year, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song. In 2017, the band produced their debut album, “On The Rocks”. It was produced by Dann huff, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osbourne.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill signed Midland as an opening act for their tour in 2017. In the next year, Midland would accompany Little Big Town and Thomas Rhett on their respective tours.
Rolling Stone claimed that Midland “blended their voices to produce country music that recalls a mix of George Strait, Urban Cowboy and Seventies yacht rock”. With a review like that, Midland will undoubtedly make big moves in the country music industry for years to come. Be sure to purchase your Midland concert tickets on ScoreBig today!