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The Midlandero triumvirate, Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson, seem to be led by two primary impulses. There’s a clear, driven mission to broaden the scope of mainstream country music, while simultaneously tipping their vogue cowboy hats to a bygone era of the genre. Paradoxically, part of the unique charm of the Midland trio is that there often seems to be a distinct lack of any mission or ulterior motives. It’s just three cowboys in Austin, Texas jamming out and having a blast together.

The group’s first two studio albums, On the Rocks and Let It Roll, covered a vast amount of sonic territory, but loosely hugged a path between easy-rock and neo-traditional country. The projects spawned a plethora of hits, including the triple-platinum break-out single, ‘Drinkin’ Problem’, a swaggering take on the tear-in-my-beer trope that goes down smoother than a shot of Tennessee Honey.

The release of The Sonic Ranch in 2021 felt to many like Midland’s first steps outside the stylistic white lines they’d kept to on their previous albums. Along with an accompanying documentary, The Sonic Ranch was a collection of early, demo-esque tracks that captured the playful magic of Midland’s inception.

This paved the way for The Last Resort, which arrived in May 2022, following a 2021 EP of the same name. It’s a concept album that provides an audial, escapist retreat into a tainted, heartbroken world of Floridian motels, funfairs and beachside road-trips. Throughout the project, their light-hearted personas shine through without ever eclipsing the poignance of the mood.

The Last Resort solidified Midland’s status as one of the most versatile, polished and listenable country bands of the modern era.

Well, aside from Old Dominion, of course.

  • Full name: Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson
  • Hometown: Dripping Springs, Texas
  • Genre: Country
Holler Country Music
lists

ESSENTIALSThe Best Midland Songs

By Jof Owen, November 25, 2022

A playlist of the best songs by Midland

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feature

INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Midland

By Thomas Mooney, April 21, 2021

Lounging in the locker room of the Amarillo Minor League Baseball Field, Mark Wystrach ponders over the growth and maturity of his band, how his wife saved his life and how The Sonic Ranch made him crave the life they lead now.

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playlists

PODCASTHoller Weekly Ep.04

By Holler , April 20, 2021

Kelly and Baylen discuss their favourite performances and all the surprises from the 2021 ACM Awards. Also, we delve into Carena Liptak's candid conversation with HARDY, while our roving reporter Thomas Mooney chats about being out on tour with Midland!

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news

Midland Release ‘The Sonic Ranch’ Documentary

By Zoe Hodges, March 22, 2021

The documentary, which premiered on CMT on Saturday (March 20th), documents the bands formation and the early recordings they made back in 2014.

Holler Country Music
news

Midland to Release New Documentary and Album

By Zoe Hodges, March 4, 2021

The trio has also released the vintage track ‘Cowgirl Blues’ from the soundtrack of the new film.

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reviews

ALBUM REVIEWMidland - The Last Resort: Greetings From

By Maxim Mower, May 3, 2022

The Last Resort: Greetings From unfurls as an eclectic, vibrant tapestry of an escapist trip along the Florida Keys, as Midland continue to stride confidently down their own unique path.

Midland - The Last Resort EP Cover
reviews

ALBUM REVIEWMidland - The Last Resort EP

By Helen M Jerome, July 15, 2021

Sepia-tinged and harking back to the mythical good old days, yet still forward-facing and flashy, Midland’s image and musical style somehow manage to take the best of everything and mash it together.