Midland Premieres New Single 'Make a Little': Exclusive

Harper Smith


Breaking a new artist inside the country format – or any musical genre, for that matter – these days is a tough task. But Scott Borchetta and his team at Big Machine have once again developed a winning formula with the success of Midland. The label launched the Texas-based trio late last year, and week-by-week, they have become one of the biggest success stories in Nashville this year. Their debut single, the melodious throwback “Drinkin’ Problem,” continues to perform well, currently sitting at No. 6 on Hot Country Songs. Today (Aug. 24), we're giving fans a sneak peek at the group’s second single, “Make A Little,” which will go on sale this Friday (Aug. 25). On The Rocks will be released Sept. 22.

Fans and critics alike – such as Rolling Stone and NPR’s esteemed Ann Powers – have gushed about the trio’s throwback sound, an ode to '70s singer-songwriters such as the Eagles, and also highly reminiscent of the early work of George Strait. 

On The Rocks is a confluence of our musical tastes and our reverence for classic country,” says Midland’s Cameron Duddy. Incidentally, Duddy is also one of the leading video directors in the music industry -- he's up for four VMA Awards for his work on Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” clip.

The trio – comprised of Duddy, lead singer Mark Wystrach, and guitarist Jess Carson – had a hand in writing each of the thirteen tracks on the disc, many with some of the top tunesmiths of Nashville, such as Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, and Luke Laird. In discussing their writing approach, Wystrach said "We write with a very visual storytelling approach. We paint that big picture and go to that place. Where is this story going? Let's paint it."

Carson said that Midland takes a lot of pride in the success they have enjoyed in 2017. "We are a band," says Carson, declaratively. "That's a big part of the spirit of what we do, that group experience and camaraderie."


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