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Midland Brings A Little Bit of Texas to the Phoenix Desert at Dreamy Draw 2023

November 4, 2023 9:53 pm GMT

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The pride and joy of Texas, three-piece country trio Midland, closed out night one of the inaugural Dreamy Draw Festival on Friday (Nov. 3).

Capping off a packed first day of performances, which featured the likes of Holler favorites Stephen Wilson Jr., Hailey Whitters and Nat Myers, the trio brought a breezy hour of Texas ballroom classics to the balmy Phoenix desert.

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    Midland at Dreamy Draw 2023

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    Midland at Dreamy Draw 2023

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    Midland at Dreamy Draw 2023

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    Midland at Dreamy Draw 2023

Starting with the boot stomping 'If I Lived Here', the set showed off some of their most beloved cuts and paid homage to their trusty Texas roots along the way.

As ever, the threesome of Mark Wystrach, Jess Carson and Cameron Duddy combed through their catalogue of hits from the neon-tinged 'Mr. Lonely', slow-rolling 'Sunrise Tells The Story', swaying 'Cheatin' Songs' and more.

@hollercountry A killer performance from @Midland last night to close Day 1 at Dreamy Draw 2023 🌟🙌 #dreamydraw2023 #midland #countrymusic ♬ original sound - Holler

"This is the first ever Dreamy Draw Fest and it's a pleasure to be part of the headlining history here," Wystrach shared with the packed out crowd. "It's right in the dead center of Scottsdale, which is pretty cool. I imagine in two or three years, you'll probably have to pay $1,500 per ticket for this place. You guys get to be here on a quiet, beautiful night and it's pretty awesome."

He added, "These things aren't easy to build, but as they say, 'build it and they shall come.'"

Taking time to trade off lead vocals for a few covers, guitar slinger Carson treated attendees to his take on Garth Brooks' 'Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)', cool bassist Duddy also took a stab at classic rocker 'The Boys Are Back in Town', with all three joining forces for Jerry Reed's iconic 'East Bound and Down', earning roaring approval from the Dreamy Draw patrons.

After closing with their bonafide bangers – 'Burn Out' and 'Drinkin' Problems' – and offering up a little slice of Texas twang, Midland bid the Arizona crowd a good and star-filled desert night.

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Written by Lydia Farthing, Images by Laura Ord
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