SXSW 2019: Midland Premiere Two New Songs at Recording Academy's Annual Block Party

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Midland perform at the Recording Academy Block Party held at the Four Seasons during SXSW on March 14, 2019 in Austin, Texas. 

Midland gave some of the music industry a preview of what’s coming on the country group’s second album during a performance at the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy’s annual South By Southwest Block Party.   

The group, which hails from Dripping Springs, Texas, played two brand new songs during its half-hour set, “21st Century Honky Tonk American Band” and the honky tonk-flavored “Mr. Lonely,” the later of which frontman Mark Wystrach told the crowd would be released “in a couple of weeks” as a first single from the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2017’s On the Rocks.   

   

After the show Wystrach told Billboard that the album would probably be released during the late summer. He said the set “picks up where we left off on On The Rocks. It’s the result of a band that’s been on the road non-stop and has been writing and become confident in the studio. The foundation of it was…’Let’s go build our dream house.” He added that while “not a huge departure” the album does have some fresh features, including lead vocals on some tracks by guitarist Jess Carson and bassist Cameron Duddy.   

Midland dedicated its Grammy Award-nominated hit “Drinkin’ Problem,” which Wystrach said was about to be certified double-platinum, to the Recording Academy for its support and finished the set with an extended cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.”