Midland - Vicar Street
Friday 7 December 2018
Country trio MIDLAND bring their live show to Dublin’s Vicar Street this December
“..one of the biggest success stories in Nashville this year.” Billboard
Made up of singer Mark Wystrach, lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy, a trio of friends based in Dripping Springs, Texas, Midland is the embodiment of Seventies California country, all smooth Eagles harmonies and heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics. Their songs are intoxicating country sung with the twang of George Strait. And it's impossible to resist.
Midland — the guys took their name from a Dwight Yoakam song — excel in setting a mood, transporting the listener to another place and time. This is music made for wide-open skies, endless deserts and wondering where the road is going to take you next. They had a hand in writing all thirteen songs on their debut album On The Rocks, working with top songwriters like Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, who also co-produced On The Rocks with Dan Huff.
Signed to Big Machine Records, Midland hit the studio refining and expanding their catalog with ace songwriters like Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. The sessions yielded some of the most traditional-sounding country music to come out of Nashville in a decade. Lead single "Drinkin’ Problem" (which has sold over 250,000 copies, had 13 million views and reached #6 on Hot Country Songs in the US and #1 in Canada) evokes Gary Stewart — one of Midland's biggest inspirations, along with Merle Haggard — as Mark croons, "They call it a problem, I call it a solution / just sitting here with all my grand illusions."
Whether they intended it or not, Midland have filled a void in country music. Like their inspirations the Eagles, they are writing and recording songs with mass appeal.
"The commonality with the Eagles is that we set out to make soulful, catchy and accessible music," says Mark. "Our greatest compliment is when somebody who says they're not a country music fan says they really like our songs."
But those songs succeed because of one key ingredient: the friendship of Mark, Jess and Cameron. To a number, they each agree it's their secret formula. "Midland isn't manufactured," says Cameron. "We are three real friends who stumbled upon making music together."
"We are a band," adds Jess, declaratively. "That's a big part of the spirit of what we do, that group experience and camaraderie. And it is ever-evolving." Midland's music is truly a sound decades in the making that’s just right for today.
Tickets priced €25 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.