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Country’s hottest new trio got quite a shock when they rediscovered this vintage footage Instagram/@midlandofficial
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Country trio Midland filmed a short documentary a little over a year ago, at the beginning of the journey to scoring their first No. 1, “Drinkin’ Problem.” In the film, you see the guys out on the land in their adopted hometown of Dripping Springs, Texas, tending to cattle and playing music together. It seems like a pretty sweet existence, but the guys haven’t been able to live that kind of laid-back life in the past year.

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Instead, Midland has been traveling from city to city playing shows and visiting radio stations trying to launch themselves as a country act. That hard work is now paying off, but it has required the guys to log a ton of miles on the road and spend night after night away from their loved ones.

Viewing that documentary a year after it was shot, the guys have been joking that they looked like babies back then with their bright eyes and clean-shaven faces. Still, they wouldn’t change a thing about what they knew back then or how they got to the point where they are now.

Midland bass player Cameron Duddy tells Rare Country, “Actually, I wish I knew less. If we had known, we would have turned around and gone home. It takes an incredible amount of energy and vigilance and stamina to get to where we are standing. It’s going to take even more to get to the next level. It’s kind of that old ignorance is bliss thing.”

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While he admits this journey has been a “wild ride” so far, Cameron also knows how fortunate Midland is to be scoring hit songs and delivering their brand of country music directly to their growing fan base.

He adds, “It’s also fun, and we’re living our dream. So, there’s not a whole lot to complain about in regards to playing music for a profession.”

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Midland is now climbing the country charts with their second single, “Make a Little.”

Their debut album, “On the Rocks,” is available everywhere, too.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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