Midland tells us why Alan Jackson’s CMA Awards performance hits so close to home Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
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Doing an interview with hot, new country trio Midland is a little like riding a bucking bronco. You’ve got to hang on and pay attention as the conversation zigs and zags all over the place. It’s always a thrill though.

We caught up with the guys as they walked the red carpet at the CMA Awards for the first time earlier this week. Lead singer Mark Wystrach took the opportunity to see what it was like to rise up into the shot at the top of the interview. The laughs continued as they went on to namecheck Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Tracy Lawrence, actor/comedian Martin Lawrence and Miranda Lambert’s “Tin Man,” all in the span of a few seconds.

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Towards the end of our zany chat, the guys got serious when Rare Country told them Alan Jackson was performing “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” on the show. Midland has been playing club shows for the past three years as they worked to create their sound and win over new fans. That Alan Jackson song hits very close to home because of that experience.

“That is our life,” Mark tells Rare Country. “That’s what we’ve been doing since we started playing music over 15 years ago. That song in particular, playing all the honky tonks out in Texas, and since we’ve been building this band over the last three-and-a-half years, that’s all we’ve been doing, man.”

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The guys in Midland have loved “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” since they first heard it as kids. It makes a lot more sense to them now that they’re grown men working to win over fans night after night.

Mark adds, “To hear it now, you understand where he’s writing from. He’s writing from a troubadour and a music man’s perspective. It’s not the easiest road. It can be tough to be away from your family. But there’s nothing like it when the crowd’s into it, like he’s talking about.”

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