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Midland roared out of Texas and made its mark nationwide in 2017

This hot, throwback country band from Texas is one to watch for 2018, as 2017 brought them much critical acclaim, along with their first No. 1 and gold-certified single, “Drinkin’ Problem,” their debut album “On the Rocks” and plenty of opportunities to catch them on the road.

Originally formed in Dripping Springs, Texas, lead vocalist Mark Wystrach fronts Midland’s rich sound, rounded out by lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy. The three longtime friends met more than a decade ago in Los Angeles when they were all playing music in various bands. It wasn’t until Cameron’s wedding years later in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, that the three musicians performed together and quickly discovered they had something sonically special.

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“We all had a common background in country music and our commonality was our love for harmonies and harmony-based bands like the Eagles, Alabama, the Band, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Gram Parsons,” Mark has explained.

They borrowed their name from a Dwight Yoakam song, “Fair to Midland” and crafted a style reminiscent of the 1970s and ‘80s with a modern twist. They’ve opened for their idols Dwight and Willie Nelson and gave audiences a preview of their album and signature sound while opening for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul2Soul Tour.”

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Midland is now nominated for New Artist of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Voting begins Nov. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com and runs until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

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