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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.

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“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 Carity Foundation Celebrity Cutting. “See y’all next year,” he added.

Yep, it sounds like he’s hooked!

Mark added that the event raised more than $400,000 for the foundation, “which helps underprivileged cancer patients get treatments.”

Nuthin stronger than the bond between a man and his horse… well, borrowed horse.

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For many of country music’s biggest artists, the holiday season not only allows them time to spend with friends and family, but also time to reflect on their year — which is exactly what two-time Grammy-nominees Midland plan to do for the remainder of 2017.

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“We have been looking forward to this break for the last year,” explained Jess during a recent interview in Chicago with Rare Country. “We hit the ground running in January and it hasn’t stopped. It’s been nuts. We played the Ryman [Auditorium in Nashville] this year, and we played the [Grand Ole] Opry, and we recorded music, and we released the record, and we played our first stadium show, and we got our first tour bus, and we sang in a shower stall with Tim McGraw and his band, and we met artists like Garth Brooks and Eric Church and Tracy Lawrence and we were invited to an awards show.”

Jess laughed, and took a big breath.

“It all happened this year and we haven’t really had a chance to take it all in,” he continued. “I feel like these holidays and this season will be different and will give us the chance to reflect on the craziest year of our life … until the next year and the year after that.”

If that wasn’t enough, Midland is also nominated for New Artist of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Vote now through Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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