Midland Does High-Fashion Country at the 2018 Grammys

In case you haven’t heard, Midland is the coolest music trio to hit the country scene. Equal parts heartthrobs and fashion risk-takers, band members Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson didn’t disappoint by bringing their style A-game to the 2018 Grammy Awards in New York City tonight. The country men didn’t spiffy up in a traditional sense for the event, though—instead, they embraced their country music vibe with three unique takes on classic suiting.

The bandmates—who are nominated for two Grammys tonight (Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance)—wore custom suits with floral and western-style embroidery. Lead singer Wystrach’s suit particularly featured parrot-inspired embroidery applied overtop a dark navy blazer, a motif he carried onto his cowboy hat, which had feathers appliquéd onto the front.

See Midland's Colorful 'Make a Little' Performance on 'Colbert'

With the 60th annual Grammy awards just around the corner, double nominees Midland took to late-night TV on Tuesday to perform a raucous version of their latest single “Make a Little” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The Texas trio played the same song last November when they appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, where lead singer Mark Wystrach had a playful mid-song back and forth with his band mates before delivering a heartfelt message of love and peace. This time around, “Make a Little” was a straight-ahead boogie, complete with improvised hoots and hollers from Wystrach after the final refrain and some synchronized guitar moves that recalled Dwight Yoakam.

Meet Midland, the Stylish Heartthrobs Who Will Make You Like Country Music

The boys of Midland cut dashing figures in New York City. The heartthrob country music trio (lead vocalist Mark Wystrach, bassist Cameron Duddy, and guitarist Jess Carson) make their way through the crowds to the tourist-packed Brooklyn Diner. As we cross the street, necks crane to catch a glimpse of the scruffy rock stars. The men look a bit like aliens in the concrete jungle, almost like actors plucked out of a spaghetti Western, now clomping around Midtown in cowboy boots. “In our hotel last night, we were in the elevator, just a few guys with cowboy hats on, and everyone’s mouths dropped,” says Wystrach. “This is something that is standard where we live, but [here], you take a second look at someone who wears a cowboy hat.”

Watch Midland Stock Up at Colorado Pot Facility

With a four-month tour as Little Big Town’s opening act on the horizon, Midland are hitting the road this week, warming up for the long run with a short tour of their own. Wednesday night will find the guys in Denver, playing the same honky-tonk that hosted their very first headlining show last Fall.
To celebrate the occasion, they’re releasing a behind-the-scenes video documenting the hijinks – make that “high”-jinks – surrounding Midland’s September 2017 show at the Grizzly Rose. In the clip below, the bandmates pregame for the Colorado gig by trading their so-called “Drinkin’ Problem” for a more mellow vice. The bulk of the six-minute video finds the group paying a visit to the Mindful marijuana growth facility, where bandmates Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson replenish their stashes, crack New Jack City jokes and stare wide-eyed at sativa buds though powerful microscopes.

Midland Seeks “Altitude Adjustment” in Colorado

It’s no secret that country musicians love singing about marijuana just as much as they sing about whiskey and beer.

The same goes for Midland‘s Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy and Mark Wystrach. The trio’s debut album On the Rocks features a funky little two-step called “Altitude Adjustment” about getting so stoned you can’t feel feelings.

The trio will return to marijuana-friendly Colorado on Wednesday (Jan. 10) to perform at Denver’s Grizzly Rose, the place that hosted its first sold-out headlining concert. To celebrate, Midland recalled the show in a new videoonline that also included a tour of a place called MiNDFUL — one of the nation’s largest cannabis grow operations.

Bonnaroo 2018 Books Brothers Osborne, Midland and More

Brothers Osborne, Tyler Childers, Midland, Old Crow Medicine Show and Sturgill Simpson are among the country and Americana acts booked for the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Eminem, Muse and the Killers will headline the four-day event running June 7-10 in Manchester, Tennessee.

Other Bonnaroo performers include Sheryl Crow, The Brummies and Larkin Poe. The Grand Ole Opry will also have a presence at the festival.

Bonnaroo tickets go on sale Friday (June 12) through the festival’s website.

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The best albums of 2017

1. Midland, “On the Rocks” It’s uncommon to feel astonished by the familiar — and that might be as close as we get to understanding why this Texas trio’s flawless neo-honky-tonk album felt so perfect for this inside-out year.

The 10 Best Country Albums of 2017: Critics' Picks

You hear a lot about the newcomers each year in country busic, but veteran performers had a strong artistic year in 2017, landing the lion’s share of Billboard’s listing of the best country albums this year.

That doesn’t mean we didn’t have love for a couple of newcomers in our rankings, though, with our top two LPs even being debut projects.

Take a glance at our full look back at the year in albums below.

9 COUNTRY ALBUMS THAT DEFINED 2017

Country music is the soundtrack of our lives, which means the best and most unique albums help us through heartbreak and challenge us when we feel defeated. In 2017 these albums also provided a playlist for love and pushed us into new artistic territory.

The nine albums on this list of are among the year’s best, and while they didn’t make the ToC Top 10 of 2017, they’re deserving of recognition. Projects from Midland, Reba McEntire, Lauren Alaina and Thomas Rhett are highlighted on this list of album superlatives.

17 UNDENIABLY BEST COUNTRY SONGS OF 2017

The best country songs of 2017 are played so often, the cover art starts to singe into your phone screen. These songs include established hitmakers, country newcomers, a RISERS act, a legend and a debut single.

Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town seem to park themselves on Top Songs lists each year, and 2017 is no different. Each has a spot on this final edition of our list, with Urban’s most recent single nearing No. 1.

40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2017

While a number of country veterans released their strongest albums in years – Willie Nelson’s God’s Problem Child and Brad Paisley’s Love and War, among them – 2017 belonged to new artists. Fresh faces like Carly Pearce, Luke Combs, Midland and RaeLynn delivered debut LPs that both looked forward and revived the tenets of the genre: personal stories, smart lyrics and sing-along hooks. After a few years of awkwardly wandering in the trend-chasing wilderness, Nashville is once again finding its footing, realizing that pop, rock and hip-hop influences can fully exist in country if they’re allowed to occur naturally.

‘MusicRow’ Reveals 2018 Next Big Thing

MusicRow is proud to reveal its list of artists, who in 2018, are predicted to become the Next Big Thing (NBT). The 4th annual NBT list features 11 artists, who are each profiled in MusicRow‘s latest 2018 Touring Issue print magazine, which hits shelves Tuesday, Dec. 5.

As in years past, MusicRow‘s Next Big Thing artists range from established hit makers prepping their next moves, to newcomers ready to claim their turns in the spotlight.

A member of one of country’s hottest trios shows off his rodeo skills

It’s been a monumental year for the members of new country group Midland, a never-ending year of firsts and milestones that has left members Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson with little time to do much of anything else but continue to build their career.

Yet, the holiday break allowed one of the band members to do something that he once only dreamed of.

“Been working cattle on horseback since I was 7 years old, but last night was my first time showing in a cutting event and I’m hooked,” Mark shared on his Instagram page Dec. 2, alongside a video of him participating event in question, the 22nd annual Careity Foundation Celebrity Cutting. “See y’all next year,” he added.

In case you were wondering, Midland isn't going anywhere

Walking into Midland’s tour bus on a balmy fall night in Chicago, you can’t help but notice a tattered snapshot of the legendary Keith Whitley leaning up against a masculine smelling candle.

“Mark [Wystrach’s] vocal stylings are closest to Keith Whitley,” Midland’s Jess Carson says earnestly about the band’s lead singer. “Keith Whitley meets George Jones meets a screeching cat.”

Laughing ensues, as Midland’s unique sense of humor shows itself in the first few minutes of the interview. But bear in mind, Midland is no joke. In fact, despite some of the country blog chatter out there accusing the trio of being some sort of manufactured group, the members of Midland remain committed to proving themselves to the naysayers.

In case you were wondering, Midland isn't going anywhere

Walking into Midland’s tour bus on a balmy fall night in Chicago, you can’t help but notice a tattered snapshot of the legendary Keith Whitley leaning up against a masculine smelling candle.

“Mark [Wystrach’s] vocal stylings are closest to Keith Whitley,” Midland’s Jess Carson says earnestly about the band’s lead singer. “Keith Whitley meets George Jones meets a screeching cat.”

Laughing ensues, as Midland’s unique sense of humor shows itself in the first few minutes of the interview. But bear in mind, Midland is no joke. In fact, despite some of the country blog chatter out there accusing the trio of being some sort of manufactured group, the members of Midland remain committed to proving themselves to the naysayers.

Midland Says 'Drinkin' Problem' Grammy Nominations 'Came Out of Left Field'

At this time last year, Midland (Mark Wystrach, Jess Carson and Cameron Duddy) had put their alcohol anthem “Drinkin’ Problem” out into the world with their self-titled EP, which was released on Oct. 28, 2016. Little did they know that 13 months later, the song — officially released as a single in February — would break the country trio into the genre in a major way: Almost exactly three months after hitting No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart, Midland received two Grammy nominations for “Drinkin’ Problem.”

Adding to the prestige of their first-ever Grammy nods — one for best country song and one for best country duo/group performance — the news of the nominations was sandwiched between a performance on Late Night With Seth Meyers Monday night and the Today show Tuesday morning.

The Best-Dressed Guys at the 2017 CMA Awards Went Extra—and It Worked

Considering county music’s rugged roots, the CMA Awards are a surprisingly formal affair. Male attendees typically do traditional black-tie with a twist; velvet jackets, snakeskin cowboy boots, that kind of thing. Last night at the 2017 CMA Awards, Midland, a new band out of Texas, decided to take the idea of Western formal a bit further, indulging in Elvis-level suiting and Migos-level accessories that came together in the most extra of ways. We thought the trio was easily one of the best-dressed acts on the red carpet and, as it happens, not at all out of context with the mood in menswear right now.

MIDLAND’S ‘MAKE A LITTLE’ VIDEO MAKES IT UNCLEAR WHAT YEAR IT IS

Midland continue to turn back the clock with their latest single and music video for “Make a Little.” The band’s throwback look and sound permeates throughout the near four-minute clip, with mustaches and sideburns that make Burt Reynolds jealous.

The second track on Midland’s 2017 album On the Rocks, “Make a Little” has more gusto than the band’s previous single “Drinkin’ Problem,” at least in the departments of tempo and feel. The subject matter is also light, playing on a vanilla double entendre about making love.

“So we should make a little / Generate a little / Maybe even make the world a better place a little / We could turtle dove, Dixie land delight / You know it can’t be wrong when it feels so right / It all comes down to you and me girl / There’s just not enough love in the world / So we should make a little / Then make a little more tonight.”

Country trio Midland 'went all in' and came out on top with debut album 'On the Rocks'

2017 still technically has a couple months left before the sun sets on the calendar year. Even so, it has been a year to remember for Big Machine trio Midland. Releasing their debut single, “Drinkin’ Problem,” this past winter, the group watched as the song climbed the chart — peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in August.

“They told us in the beginning to be cautiously optimistic because the song was good, but one of a kind as far as in the landscape of songs that are being played on country radio,” Cameron Duddy admitted to Billboard. “We went into it hopeful, but skeptically hopefully. It was something else to see it go up the chart. I remember just hearing the song for the first time on the radio after playing our music for decades. I hope that feeling never goes away. It’s very magical.”

Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland Announce Tour with a Musical Medley

Hold on to your cowboy hats because your favorite country musicians are all going on tour together!

On Wednesday, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Texas trio Midlandannounced they were all going on tour together — and to celebrate, they made a pit stop by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform a medley of some of their biggest hits.

Midland started things off with their debut single “Drinkin’ Problem” before the camera panned to Musgraves, 29, who followed Midland’s lead and performed her debut single too: 2013’s “Merry Go Round.”

Album Spotlight: Midland, ‘On the Rocks’

Sharp songwriting and an absolute dedication to a throwback sound separate Midland‘s On the Rocks album from anything released in 2017, but you already knew that.

The project is everything you’re expecting. Not a fan of either of their first two singles? Maybe stream this 13-song, traditional country project first. The trio expand upon the easy country melodies but never strain to stay in a rhinestoned lane they’ve spent nearly four years paving. If this brand of twang was forced the cracks would show, but if anything, a fan of “Drinkin’ Problem” is only going to find more to love.

How Midland's New Album Polishes Up Their Bar Band Sound

Finding a good dive bar band is a little like finding a good dive bar: There are plenty of imitators out there, but you know the real deal when you find it. Texas trio Midland knows a thing or two about dive bars – in fact, they just might be the biggest bar band in country music right now.

It’s appropriate, then, to meet them at one of Nashville’s best dives, Springwater Supper Club and Lounge. Located on the perimeter of Centennial Park, which houses Nashville’s famed replica of the Parthenon, Springwater bills itself as “Nashville’s oldest dive bar” and serves up cheap brews, greasy food, and plenty of music.

EXCLUSIVE: Midland Premiere Upbeat Breakup Anthem “At Least You Cried”

The beauty of Midland’s debut album On the Rocks is that it could have been made when Gram Parsons formed the Flying Burrito Brothers in the early ’70s, or when Gary Stewart released his 1975 debut album Out of Hand & Brand Newor when George Strait broke out with Strait Country in 1981.

Honky-tonk country music by Midland’s Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy and Mark Wystrach sounds that timeless.

Going into recording On the Rocks their main goal was to make a cohesive collection inspired by the journey that brought them to where they are today.

Listen To New Midland Song “Nothin’ New Under The Neon”

Texas trio Midland is one of the more interesting new country acts to emerge in recent memory, blending retro Bakersfield influences with modern sensibilities to craft clever, catchy songs that sound little like anything else out right now. The band will release its debut album On The Rocks on September 22, the lead-up to which produced a number one song in first single “Drinkin’ Problem.”

Ahead of the album’s release, Midland has shared a new On The Rocks cut, “Nothin’ New Under The Neon.” The laid-back tune celebrates the venerable dive bar, as well as all the stories housed within the smoke-stained walls. The trio co-wrote the wistful track with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

On the Charts: Midland's 'Drinkin' Problem' Goes Number One

Country trio Midland have their first Number One song. The group, made up of singer Mark Wystrach, guitarist Jess Carson and bassist Cameron Duddy, top the Mediabase Country Airplay chart this week with their debut single, “Drinkin’ Problem.”

Written by the band with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, “Drinkin’ Problem” evokes the smooth sound of country music in the late Seventies and early Eighties. The song first appeared on Midland’s EP, released last fall, and, along with the other tracks off the EP, will also appear on their upcoming debut album, On the Rocks. Due September 22nd, the LP includes 13 songs, all written or co-written by Wystrach, Carson and Duddy.

No 'Problem': Midland Hits No. 1 on Billboard Emerging Artists Chart

Midland is the top emerging act in the U.S., as the country trio climbs 2-1 on Billboard‘s Emerging Artists chart (dated Sept. 9), powered by the group’s breakthrough single “Drinkin’ Problem,” which reaches new peaks on Hot Country Songs (No. 4) and the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 45).

The Emerging Artists chart (which launched with the list dated Sept. 2) uses the same formula as the all-encompassing Billboard Artist 100, which measures artist activity across multiple Billboard charts, including the Hot 100, Billboard 200 and the Social 50. However, the Emerging Artists chart excludes acts that have notched a top 25 entry on either the Hot 100 or Billboard 200, as well as artists that have achieved two or more top 10s on Billboard‘s “Hot” song genre charts and/or consumption-based “Top” album genre rankings.

Airplay contributes the majority of Midland’s Emerging Artists points (50 percent), followed by digital song sales (31 percent).

MIDLAND DRINKS UP A #1

Breaking a new artist inside the country format – or any musical genre, for that matter – these days is a tough task. But Scott Borchetta and his team at Big Machine have once again developed a winning formula with the success of Midland. The label launched the Texas-based trio late last year, and week-by-week, they have become one of the biggest success stories in Nashville this year. Their debut single, the melodious throwback “Drinkin’ Problem,” continues to perform well, currently sitting at No. 6 on Hot Country Songs. Today (Aug. 24), we’re giving fans a sneak peek at the group’s second single, “Make A Little,” which will go on sale this Friday (Aug. 25). On The Rocks will be released Sept. 22.

Midland Premieres New Single 'Make a Little': Exclusive

Breaking a new artist inside the country format – or any musical genre, for that matter – these days is a tough task. But Scott Borchetta and his team at Big Machine have once again developed a winning formula with the success of Midland. The label launched the Texas-based trio late last year, and week-by-week, they have become one of the biggest success stories in Nashville this year. Their debut single, the melodious throwback “Drinkin’ Problem,” continues to perform well, currently sitting at No. 6 on Hot Country Songs. Today (Aug. 24), we’re giving fans a sneak peek at the group’s second single, “Make A Little,” which will go on sale this Friday (Aug. 25). On The Rocks will be released Sept. 22.

Hear Midland's Feel-Good New Song 'Make a Little'

Last week, Midland shared details for their long awaited debut LP On the Rocks, due out September 22nd. On Friday, the Dripping Springs, Texas, trio shared one of the new tracks, the upbeat shuffle “Make a Little.”

Written by Midland’s Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy and Mark Wystrach with longtime champions Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, the tune features the trio bending their three-part harmonies over cracking snare and soaring pedal steel. “It’s a hard-living, tail-kicking / Trip that we’re all on, but I’m betting / We can find a little sunshine in the night,” they sing, offering a message of hard-won optimism.

XYLØ Goes for a Surprise Twist Ending in 'Alive' Video: Exclusive Premiere

With their debut LP, On the Rocks, due to drop in a little over a month, Texas trio Midland stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night to play their hit single “Drinkin’ Problem,” along with “Check Cashin’ Country.” Decked out in their best Urban Cowboy finery, it was their debut performance on late-night television.

Led by lead vocalist Mark Wystrach, the band’s silky smooth three-part harmonies and old-school country revue vibe make “Drinkin’ Problem” go down awfully smooth. “People say I got a drinkin’ problem, but I got no problem drinkin’ at all,” Wystrach quips on the chorus, his smoky George Strait croon sounding as reassuring as could be. With generous pedal steel to help wash the pain away, it’s no wonder the group’s debut album will be named On the Rocks.

Country Trio Midland Offer New Album Details, Reveal Release Date: Video Interview

Three-piece country crooners Midlandare gaining speed on radio airwaves lately, currently sitting at No. 14 on the Country Airplay chart (dated July 1) with their hit “Drinkin’ Problem.” But the Big Machine Label Group act is ready to be more than a one-hit wonder, announcing Friday (June 23) that their debut album is set to be released Sept. 22.

While Billboard was down in Nashville for this year’s CMA Fest, we got a chance to catch up with the Midland guys to chat about how they got their start as a trio and what fans can expect from the not-yet-titled album.

CMT Awards 2017:10 Best and Worst Moments

Leave it to newcomers Midland to dress to the nines, thanks to the amazing needlework of Jenny Lewis and Nikki Lane’s go-to chain-stitch masters Ft. Lonesome. Onstage, the trio conjured up Wagoner and Gram Parsons while performing “Drinkin’ Problem” and doubling down on the twang. Way to make an entrance, boys. M.M.

CMA Music Festival 2017: 26 Best Things We Saw

While Luke Bryan was wrapping up Night One of CMA Fest on the massive football-stadium stage across the river, smooth-country trio Midland sweated it out in a jammed honky-tonk on Lower Broadway. All of them sporting 10-gallons and Western shirts, the band re-created a Texas dancehall in the Whiskey Bent Saloon, harmonizing on Strait-evoking tunes like “Check Cashin’ Country” and “Electric Rodeo.” During new single “Drinkin’ Problem,” cell phones in the air were as ubiquitous as hoisted beers, suggesting Midland just might have a 100 proof hit on their hands. J.H.

How Country Trio Midland Are Bridging the Country-Pop Divide

There’s chaos over the phone, with Mark Wystrach, Jess Carson and Cameron Duddy of Texas country trio Midland trying to sort out its position between members.

“Give us one second,” Wystrach, the group’s 37-year-old lead singer, says. “We’re trying to figure out the – ” and the phone breaks up again.

The band flew into Nashville two hours ago, and now they’re crammed into a vehicle on I-65 South, an hour from Huntsville, Alabama, where they’re booked for a promotional radio visit. It’s no accident their song “Drinkin’ Problem,” a whiskey-soaked slow dance filled with three-part harmony…

Top 10 Country Songs of 2017 (So Far)

The best country songs of 2017 get played so often, the album art starts to singe itself into the screen on your phone like Silly Putty. These ten songs include established hitmakers, country newcomers, a RISER and a debut single at No. 1 (so far).

Keith UrbanMiranda Lambert and Little Big Town seem to park themselves on Top Country Songs lists each year, and 2017 is no different. Each has a spot on this first edition of our Top 10 list, with Urban’s duet with Carrie Underwood trending upward to No. 1. It’s going to be difficult to top the best-selling song of the year so far, however. Sam Hunt‘s “Body Like a Back Road” is already crossing over to pop radio, making it a no-doubter to remain one of the best picks come December.

Midland Make a Grand Escape in Retro ‘Drinkin’ Problem’ Music Video

Who could use a good old-fashioned police chase? Midland, a rising country trio native to Texas, bootleg moonshine and just barely escape the fuzz in a fun music video for “Drinkin’ Problem.”

The storyline adds a touch of excitement to the mid-tempo jam, which focuses on alcohol mending the broken heart: “People say I got a drinking problem / But I got no problem drinking it off / They keep on talking, drawing conclusions / They call it a problem, I call it a solution.”

Midland bass player Cameron Duddy directed the retro music video. In an interview with Sounds Like Nashville, lead singer Mark Wystrach seems proud of the band’s final product.

Midland Gets Soulful in Acoustic Rendition of ‘Check Cashin’ Country’

Grabbing a couple guitars for a pit stop on what they called a National Lampoon-style car ride through multiple states and over dangerous cliffs, the guys busted out their harmonizing vocal chops to show fans that a little road fatigue doesn’t stop the talent from overflowing in this exclusive video premiere of “Check Cashin’ Country.” The song itself embodies the trio’s spirit throughout their time together and that connection seems to be ever-present throughout their smooth and laidback style in the clip.

See Smooth-Country Trio Midland Harmonize on 'Drinkin' Problem'

New country trio Midland’s self-titled debut EP is a must-hear. Over five songs, the Texas-based outfit of Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson, blend their voices to produce country music that recalls a mix of George Strait, Urban Cowboy and Seventies yacht rock. If ever there were a country band that Michael McDonald should sit in with, it’s these guys.

MIDLAND MOVES UP

Following Midland’s performance at the Apple Music House on Friday at SXSW, the BMLG-repped Texas trio’s debut single, “Drinkin Problem,” soared to #14 on the iTunes country chart, where it holds at press time.

This is BMLG’s fastest-climbing debut single since the Scott Borchetta-led company’s inception in 2005. And it’s been one of the Most Added songs at Country radio for the past four weeks, with more than 100 stations currently spinning it.

Meet Midland: Five Things to Know About the Texas Country Trio

There’s a new trio ready to take the country world by storm.

Midland’s Cameron Duddy, Jess Carson and Mark Wystrach released their debut EPlast fall, introducing the world to their Texas sound.

The group was recently named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Artists Who Will Rule 2017,”  and are now starring in a photo shoot for Man of Metropolis magazine.

“All of our music is an amalgamation of our musical influences,” Duddy tells the magazine. “Throw in some rock n roll, some soul, and a heavy dose of country music and your got yourself a Midland stew.”

PEOPLE has a first look at the Man of Metropolis images, and everything else you need to know about Midland as the video for their first single, “Drinkin’ Problem,” debuts.

15 Songs You Need In Your Life This Week

… 7. There’s nothing more country than being drunk and also lonesome: Midland‘s “Drinkin’ Problem” is a fun and soothing update on a timeless theme.

8. “Matrimoney,” a high-pitched song about being in love with money, comes from Swag Hollywood and Richie Souf‘s just-dropped mixtape, which goes.

9. Chance The Rapper, with Jeremih by his side, hopped on his lil’ brother Taylor Bennett‘s dreamy R&B track “Grown Up Fairy Tales.”…

A NEW OBSESSION: MIDLAND

Big Machine’s Midland finds a remarkably sweet spot where classic country, southern rock and “yacht rock” converge—authentic, richly melodic and breezy. The Texas band’s freshly released EP is among the most promising new releases in some time, thanks to smart, soulful songwriting, gorgeous harmonies and terrific musicianship. “Check-Cashin’ Country” is a declaration of purpose from a working band—“if you don’t two-step, we don’t eat”—though they may have to adjust that lyric about not having a song on the radio pretty soon.

The tune, like all five tracks on the set, just feels good, like bourbon-on-the-rocks good.  The Midland boys (who are co-managed by Jason Owen’s Sandbox and Matt Graham of  L.A.-based BRND Management) have distilled a hybrid of Merle and Waylon, Glen Campbell, Jimmy Buffett, the Eagles…

Meet Midland, a Country Trio to Watch From Taylor Swift's Record Label: Exclusive Video

Billboard is excited to bring you an exclusive video sneak peek at a new trio that’s sure to be one of the acts to watch in 2017 — Midland. Comprised of Mark Wystrach, Jess Carson, and Cameron Duddy, the trio — signed to Big Machine, home to Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts — has a definite George Strait ’80s New Traditionalist feel to it, combined with the rich California harmonies that made The Eagles legendary.

Hailing from Hays County (Dripping Springs), Texas, the band — who takes their name from the Dwight Yoakam song “Fair To Midland” — actually came together in a different state. Duddy was about to tie the knot in Jackson Hole, WY, and Wystrach and Carson rolled into town a week early. The guys began playing around musically on the front porch of Carson’s cabin, and things stuck.

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Sounds Like: Cleverly blending Seventies California country with Eighties crossover vocal groups, Midland are a Friday-night back-porch guitar pull where everyone knows the songs and isn’t afraid to sing along

For Fans of: George Strait, Eagles, Glen Campbell, honky-tonk karaoke

Why You Should Pay Attention: Three words: Solid. Country. Gold. The chemistry between bassist Cameron Duddy, lead singer Mark Wystrach and guitarist Jess Carson is undeniable – both to fans who discover them and to the members themselves, who jammed for the first time at Duddy’s wedding. Named after Dwight Yoakam’s song “Fair to Midland,” the band captures harmony-rich, California country on their new self-titled EP for Big Machine Records. The trio recently finished up a run of shows opening for two of their heroes, Yoakam and Willie Nelson, and will hit the road with labelmate Aaron Lewis in January.