Midland (band)

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Midland at the New York State Fair in 2019
Midland at the New York State Fair in 2019
Background information
OriginDripping Springs, Texas, U.S.
Years active2016–present
LabelsBig Machine

Midland is an American country music group formed in 2016 in Dripping Springs, Texas. The band members are Mark Wystrach (lead vocals, guitar), Jess Carson (guitar, vocals), and Cameron Duddy (bass guitar, vocals). Through Big Machine Records, the band has released a self-titled EP and two studio albums, On the Rocks and Let It Roll, which have accounted for four charted singles on the Billboard country chart: "Drinkin' Problem", "Make a Little", "Burn Out", and "Mr. Lonely". Midland's musical styles are defined by neotraditional country and country rock influences.


Mark Wystrach performing at the 2018 99.9 KISS Country Cook Off.

Named after the Dwight Yoakam song "Fair to Midland", the band was founded in Dripping Springs, Texas. The trio met separately around Los Angeles, where Jess Carson and Cameron Duddy had formed an earlier band. Duddy and Mark Wystrach met and formed a band after Carson left L.A. and moved to Texas. The trio met up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for Duddy's wedding in August 2013; both Wystrach and Carson acted as groomsmen.[3] As Duddy recalls the story, Carson and Wystrach arrived in Jackson Hole for the wedding a week early. After playing songs together on the front porch of Carson's cabin, they decided to form the band. After Duddy's honeymoon, they went to the Sonic Ranch in El Paso, TX; as stated by Wystrach, "when we went to the Sonic Ranch, we became a band. We walked away believing in what had happened." The band re-based in Texas.[4][5]

Mark Wystrach grew up surrounded by music as his parents were both fans of live music. His father was an immigrant living in Los Angeles. His mother grew up on a ranch near Tucson, Arizona. His parents owned a live honky-tonk country music venue. Wystrach is also an actor and model.[3][6]

Jess Carson

Jess Carson grew up on a farm in Oregon where the main genre was country music. His sister and father were both musicians, so after some years, he started to play guitar. Carson is also a songwriter.[7][6]

Cameron Duddy

Cameron Duddy started playing music after a difficult situation in his family; he found that music helped to lessen the tension, saying, "Sometimes you don't get to talk about all the things that you maybe want to talk about and the ice breaker started to be music." He got his first guitar from his father; it helped him find his identity.[6]

Duddy is also a music video director; he won an MTV Video Music Award for the video "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars.[8]

Midland's first song, "Fourteen Gears", was around 2015. The song, according to Duddy, was "another one of the early moments that defined and solidified the band."[9][10]

2016–present: Midland EP, On the Rocks, and Let It Roll[edit]

On March 9, 2016, the trio signed to Big Machine Records and released the Midland EP featuring a debut single, "Drinkin' Problem", which charted on Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay. The band wrote the song with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, the former of whom also produced it.[11] Duddy directed the song's music video.[12] Their debut album On the Rocks was released in September 22, 2017, produced by Dann Huff, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. Midland released "Make a Little" as the second single.[13] "Burn Out" was the third single, it was released in late 2018.[14]

Midland was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2018: Grammy Award for Best Country Song and Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, both for "Drinkin’ Problem".[15] Midland released the single "Mr. Lonely" in February 2019 as the leadoff single to a second album.[16] Midland released "Cheatin' Songs" in February of 2020 as the second single to the album. The album, Let It Roll, was released on August 23, 2019.[17] The band began a tour in June to support the album.[18]

Style and influences[edit]

Rolling Stone said that "the Texas-based band blend their voices to produce country music that recalls a mix of George Strait, Urban Cowboy and Seventies yacht rock." Billboard describes the band's sound as "a definite George Strait '80s New Traditionalist feel to it, combined with the rich California harmonies that made The Eagles legendary."[1] Midland also known for its dressing style, similar to the original Nudie Suits.[19] Vogue called Midland heartthrobs and fashion risk takers."[20]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
On the Rocks 20 2 45
Let It Roll
  • Release date: August 23, 2019
  • Label: Big Machine
16 1 72 37 75
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Sales
Live from the Palomino[29]
  • Release date: February 28, 2020
  • Label: Big Machine

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales

  • Release date: October 28, 2016
  • Label: Big Machine


Year Title Peak positions Sales Certifications Album



2017 "Drinkin' Problem" 45 4 3 98 1 On the Rocks
"Make a Little" [A] 23 15 12
2018 "Burn Out" 63 11 3 29
2019 "Mr. Lonely" 31 23 32 Let It Roll
2020 "Cheatin' Songs" 41 26 48


  1. ^ "Make a Little" did not enter the Hot 100, but peaked at number 21 on Bubbling Under Hot 100, which acts as a 25-song extension of the Hot 100.[39]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2017 "Drinkin' Problem"[12] Cameron Duddy
"Make a Little"[41]
2018 "Burn Out"[42] TK McKamy
2019 "Mr. Lonely"[43] Cameron Duddy

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist Album
2019 "Boot Scootin' Boogie" Brooks & Dunn Reboot[44]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient/Work Result Ref
2017 CMT Music Awards Group Video of the Year "Drinkin’ Problem" Nominated [45][46]
2018 Grammy Awards Best Country Duo/Group Performance Nominated [15]
2018 Best Country Song Nominated [15]
2018 ACM Awards New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year Midland Won [47]
Vocal Group of the Year Midland Nominated
Single Record of the Year "Drinkin' Problem" Nominated
2019 CMT Music Awards Group Video of the Year "Burn Out" Nominated [48]


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