[Watch] Trio Midland Performs “Burn Out” On Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Kicking off a big week in country music ahead of the CMA Awards in Nashville, ACM Award-winning New Vocal Group of the Year, Midland, made their second appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. The trio made their first appearing in 2017 performing their number one debut single, “Drinkin’ Problem.”

This time around, they performed their current hit single, “Burn Out,” from their debut album On The Rocks. Before taking the stage to perform their soothing country ballad, Kimmel went out into the crowd to introduce the group to the audience. Midland members, Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy, and Jess Carson brought Texas to California, appearing in their signature western attire while showing off their traditional country sound. The audience was seen swaying and clapping along to the song’s melody and to the group’s, silky smooth three-part harmonies. Midland giving viewers at home and in the crowd a graceful performance, showcasing their exceptional vocals and poetic lyrics.

Make sure to tune in to the 52nd annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 14th at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC, to catch Midlands latest performance live! The country trio is also nominated for three awards, including Single of the Year for “Drinkin’ Problem,” Vocal Group of the Year and New Artist of the Year.



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Little Big Town: The Breakers Tour Sells Out Iconic Radio City Music Hall

Little Big Town - Radio City Music Hall

Photo Credit: Carl Scheffel

Little Big Town‘s The Breakers Tour kicked off a few weeks back and has made its way to the east coast. Tourmates Midland, Kacey Musgraves, and headliner Little Big Town sold out New York City’s legendary Radio City Music Hall Saturday night (Feb. 24), where fans of all ages gathered to listen to some of their favorite country music.

Kicking things off were Midland who hail from Texas and brought their traditional country flair to the big apple.  Singing songs off their debut album, On the Rocks, including “Check Cashin’ Country”, “Burn Out” and of course their debut number 1 single, “Drinkin’ Problem” the boys brought the energy to the theatre.  “This is pretty special for us to be playing at Radio City Music Hall, sometimes life will just trip you out a little bit,” Mark Wystrach, the lead singer stated in between songs. “This is really cool and we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our good friends, Little Big Town.  I’m getting all emotional now so I’m just going to raise a toast to y’all.”

Next up, Kacey Musgraves took the stage wearing a blue faux fur coat under the most colorful and sparkly jumpsuit. Musgraves released new music on Friday and was excited to share her new songs with the audience.  Alternating between songs off her first album, Same Trailer Different Park including “Merry Go Round” and “Follow Your Arrow” as well as four brand new songs off her forthcoming album Golden Hour including “Slow Burn”, “High Horse” and the recent release “Space Cowboy” and “Butterflies” the crowd got to understand the true versatility of the singer-songwriter.

Right at 9 o’clock on the dot, Little Big Town’s Karen, Jimi, Kimberly, and Phillip took the famed stage, opening with their version of Elton John’s “Rocket Man”. The band played songs from their 2 decade long career, including their very first number one song “Pontoon”. Packing their set with classic songs that the audience knew every word to including “Little White Church” and “Day Drinkin” to deep album cuts from their previous albums like “Save Your Sin” and “Sober”.

Little Big Town

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“We made it here! Radio City, sold out, holy freaking cow!” Karen Fairchild exclaimed. “Country fans are the greatest fans and you’ve been so so kind to us, thank you for coming tonight.”

A few highlights included “I’m With the Band” which is from their 2007 album A Place to Land, the group who has been together for neatly twenty years had old videos playing behind them from their early days together.  Proving that sticking to your guns and recording music that you love will get you a long-lasting career in this business.

The acoustics at Radio City Music Hall lent perfectly to the group’s harmonies, especially on their tribute to Glenn Campbell.  “We’ve lost a lot of heroes and icons recently, back during the CMA Awards we were honored to pay tribute to Mr. Glenn Campbell, we got to do a very special performance that night and we wanted to share that with you here tonight, this is ‘Witchita Lineman’,” Jimi Westbrook explained.

Closing the night with their second number one hit, “Girl Crush” the audience almost drowned out the band, singing every word back to them. (Video below) Their set was iconic, the mix of slower more emotional songs with absolute anthems made for an incredible night of country music.



The Breakers Tour heads to Pennsylvania this weekend and wraps up late April. Check out below for remaining tour dates.

March 2 – Reading, PA @ Santander Arena
March 3 – Washington, DC @ Anthem
March 15 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
March 16 – Duluth, MN @ Amsoil Arena
March 17 – Grand Forks, ND @ Ralph Engelstad
March 22 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
March 23 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ U.S. Cellular Center
March 24 – Sioux City, IA @ Tyson Events Center
April 5 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
April 6 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Ctr
April 7 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
April 19 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
April 20 – Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena
April 21 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena



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Nash FM Stage 17: Midland

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Kicking off their epic Grammy weekend, Nash FM Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 hosted two-time nominees, Midland.  The band made up of Mark, Cameron and Jess took the stage in their signature outfits to play songs from their debut album On The Rocks.

“We’re going to put you right in the middle of a west Texas honky tonk,” the lead singer says before they kicked off their set with “Check Cashin’ Country”. The trio sang “Burn Out” as well as their current single, “Make A Little” and talked about what an honor it is to be nominated for not one, but two Grammy awards.  “We take great pride in being able to write, record, and perform our songs live and to be recognized and validated by our heroes, it’s really surreal.”

Midland Nash FM Mark Wystrach

Commenting on their “ten-year-overnight success” story, they proudly played their debut single and first number one song, “Drinkin’ Problem” to close out the set. “Follow your heart, put one boot in front of the other and some pretty amazing things can end up happening,” Mark said about their determination in this business.

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Listen to Midland’s debut album On The Rocks below. Be sure to Like Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 on Facebook to get a notification everytime they go live and listen to Nash FM 94.7 daily for. your chance to win a seat at these intimate shows.



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Country Music is Dominating Talk Show Television…

Over the past 24 hours, country music has dominated our televisions with four major acts singing their latest hits on leading talk shows. Filmed live in NYC, check out the spectacular performances below…


Midland performed their most recent single, “Make A Little” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The trio is nominated for two Grammys this Sunday night airing live from New York City’s, Madison Square Garden on CBS.



Rising star, Ashley McBryde, made her late night television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers.  She sang her lead single, “Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” from her forthcoming LP, Girl Going Nowhere. 



Pop singer, Bebe Rexha teamed up with country superstars, Florida Georgia Line, to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The three hit the stage to perform their hit single, “Meant to Be”. The song is currently celebrating it’s eight week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and #17 on the all-genre Hot 100.




Earlier this morning, Devin Dawson made his Today Show debut to sing his breakout hit, “All on Me” as well as another track, “Asking for a Friend”.  The songs come off his debut album, Dark Horse, which released last week.




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15 Songs We Wish Were Singles in 2017…

15 Singles Great Lyrics

Sometimes, the songs buried deep in an artists’ album are even better than the singles sent to radio.  Here are our Top 15 favorite cuts from albums’ released this year (so far), in the order that they were released.


Lauren Alaina’s “Three”

On her sophomore album, Alaina has plenty of songs that are raw and honest but “Three”, a real look at what you miss when you follow your dreams, is definitely a standout on the record.

Key Lyrics: “A lot of miles, a lot of tears / You’ve given me some of my best years / There’s so much I had to miss out on / Six years of missing home for three minutes on the radio”



Brett Young “Olivia Mae”

A smooth vocal and powerful lyrics, Brett Young delivers on this love song from his self-titled debut album.

Key Lyrics:Olivia Mae I hope it ain’t just me / From where I’m standing I can see / Us finding our own kind of meant to be / Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m right / But I just had to try / Olivia may I?”



Little Big Town “Lost in California”

This melody is addicting and this entire album is incredible, but this song blends harmonies with soft simple imagery.

Key Lyrics: “Whisper in my ear, dreamin’ disappear, say you’ll take me / Where the world unwinds / Lost in California / Let’s chase the waves and let ’em take us under / On some deserted piece of virgin sand, yeah / Hold on to the freedom and the wonder / While we can”



Sunny Sweeney “Bottle by My Bed”

This song is meaningful and touches on a topic that is usually not talked about, Sunny Sweeney’s voice along with a beautiful cello make this song one of the best on the album.

Key Lyrics: I’d rather be in a carpool lane than this big cold limousine / I’d trade every pair of high heel shoes for a high chair in the dining room / Don’t even know you yet but I know I love you”



Steve Moakler “Siddle’s Saloon”

Based on his grandfather’s bar, this song perfectly describes a local spot to find a rowdy good time. Take a listen and let this great tune get stuck in your head.

Key Lyrics:  “It’s been a long week, and we’re glad you came by / The stories and punch lines and cold icy Lite / Well if you’re not here, we’ll be asking ’bout you / Come Saturday night at Siddle’s Saloon / Hey, hey, hey”



Charlie Worsham “Southern By the Grace of God”

We love this tune from Charlie Worsham, simply put it sheds light on living life in the south in the best possible ways.

Key Lyrics:  “I’m tellin’ y’all this delta drawl / Is stuck to me like buzz on a honeybee / Country is as country does and look here ’cause / You can’t out-country me / Hound dog howlin’ in front porch blues / Kids run ’round outside with no shoes or socks / Southern by the grace of God”



Brett Eldredge “Castaway”

Closing out his most recent self-titled album, “Castaway” highlights Eldredge’s perfect tone and the melody will pull at your heartstrings.

Key Lyrics:  “I’d be naive to ever think / You’re at your door waiting for me / So why do I always try / To run away from you / Please don’t say a castaway / Is what I was born to do / I guess I’ll always be lost without you”



Old Dominion “Still Writing Songs About You”

On an album full of potential singles and number one hits, this song which we first heard at a writers round last summer in NYC is a highlight on Happy Endings.

Key Lyrics: “You on the sunny Santa Monica freeway / You on a bed and a mini bar three-day haze / With your hair and my heart all a mess in the morning / I’ve gotten drunk on whiskey and women / Woke up in places that we’ve / never been in / Spending all night and all day trying to say something new / But I’m still writing songs about you”



Midland “More Than A Fever”

One of our favorite new acts out of Nashville, this trio is bringing back traditional country music and “More Than A Fever” is a great mid-tempo jam that’s all about love makin’.

Key Lyrics:  “Your hands all over me like they were velvet / There’s no way to temper this desire / I’m on fire tonight / More than a fever / Girl, you’ve got the red line on the rise / More than a fever / And I don’t wanna break it tonight”



Thomas Rhett “Life Changes”

The title track of Thomas Rhett’s latest album features one of many different vibes on the record, this particular song is more of R&B and spoken word than country but Rhett narrates his life story featuring his wife Lauren and the changes they have experienced with their growing family.

Key Lyrics:  I remember the day I told my Daddy and Mama you’re gonna have a grandkid, yep from Uganda, that’s right, we’re adopting / And she is the cutest little girl that you’ve ever seen / Well I was wrapping my head around being a dad, a bigger wrench got thrown in the plans we thought we’d had / Now Lauren’s showin’ and got one on the way / Yeah that’s two under two, hey, what can I say? / Ain’t it funny how life changes / You wake up ain’t nothing the same and life changes”



Carly Pearce “Color”

With her debut single “Every Little Thing” currently sitting in the top spot on the country charts, Carly Pearce’s debut self-titled album is filled with beautiful love songs.  One of our favorites is “Color”.

Key Lyrics:  Well, you’re the rock, you’re the steady / You need someone to push you in before you’re ready / Well, I’m the rush, I’m the crazy / But I’ll be circling the moon without you, baby / You be the lines, I’ll be the color”



Russell Dickerson “Would You Love Me”

Russell Dickerson has said that his debut album Yours, is a 12 song love letter to his wife Kailey and “Would You Love Me” is no exception. This reggae infused jam will definitely be stuck in your head.

Key Lyrics: “Cause I’ma love you til the sun burns out / Love you til my heart breaks down / Listen baby ain’t no doubt that / I’ma love you, I’ma love you, I’ma love you / I’ma love you til we’re old and grey / Love you til we’re running out of days / Hear me, baby, when I say that / I’ma love you, I’ma love you, I’ma love you”



Lee Ann Womack “Hollywood”

Off of her latest full-length LP, The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone, “Hollywood” has an ominous tone about a relationship falling apart.

Key Lyrics: “Like the silver screen,  it’s a technicolor dream / We pretend it’s real, but it’s only make-believe / Lying in our bed in the middle of Act Two, We say, “goodnight, I love you” / We never miss our cue / I ask you if you mean it, you say, “Yes”, I knew you would / Well, either I’m a fool for asking, or you belong in Hollywood”



Kelsea Ballerini “In Between”

Right in the middle of her sophomore album is this remarkable song about growing up and feeling stuck between a girl and a woman.

Key Lyrics:  Sometimes I’m my mother’s daughter, sometimes I’m her friend / Sometimes I play grown up and sometimes I play pretend / Sometimes I’m a princess dressed all curves / And sometimes I just wanna scream “I’m not a little girl!“ / Dumb enough to think I know it all / Smart enough to know I don’t / Young enough to think I’ll live forever / Old enough to know I won’t”



Lee Brice “Songs in the Kitchen”

Also released earlier this month, Lee Brice’s self-titled album features his most vulnerable and personal songs.  “Songs in the Kitchen” even mentions Lee and his brother Lewis (who is also an artist) singing in the car when they were kids.

Key Lyrics: “All my dreams came true, my songs took me far away / Now I’m singing them every night in these bright lights up on this stage / If you catch me, close my eyes every now and then, to tell you the truth / I’m probably just missing, songs in the kitchen”


For the full list of 15 songs, follow our Spotify Playlist here.

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Midland Reaches #1 with “Drinkin’ Problem” & Celebrates at The Sutler

Friends, family, and members of the industry lined the wall of The Sutler bar and restaurant in Nashville Wednesday, October 11th to join the trio, Midland, co-writers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne who also produced the song along with Dan Hough to celebrate their debut single hitting the number one spot on the charts.  “Drinkin’ Problem” was the first single off of their first full-length album, On The Rocks.  

As a part of New York Country Swag Takes Nashville week, we were invited to attend this prestigious event and take part in the festivities. The afternoon was co-sponsored by BMI and ASCAP  the performance rights organizations.

Among the speakers at the event, Scott Borchetta, head of Big Machine Records, Midland’s label took the stage to congratulate all involved saying “One of these days, we’re going to look back and say, ‘Do you remember when Midland had their first No. 1?”

The event ended with each member of the band taking the microphone to emotionally thank everyone in the room and each other for this accomplishment.  The band heads out for the CMT On Tour with Jon Pardi and Runaway June and then will join The Breakers Tour with Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves.  For the full list of tour dates click here.

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Midland, On The Rocks

NYCS First Impression: Midland’s Debut LP On the Rocks

Midland On the Rocks

Midland, three men with killer mustaches’ and even better wardrobes are making old sound new.  Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson live and breathe 70’s and 80’s country music. Hailing from California, Arizona, and Oregon the trio now call Texas home and are releasing their debut album, On the Rocks on Big Machine Records.

With the infamous statement “that’s not country music” lingering around today because of the fluidity of the genre, there is no doubt Midland is country music at its finest.  Featuring some of country music’s best songwriters including, Shane McAnally, Rhett Akins, and Josh Osborne, the 13 track LP is filled with clever stories, complex harmonies and all the banjo one could want from a country record.

Throughout the album, Midland’s influences are clear, Gary Stewart, Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard, George Jones and of course George Strait especially on songs like “Burn Out” and their debut single that made its way all the way to the top of the country charts, “Drinkin’ Problem”.

A standout on the record, which also appeared on their self-titled EP, “Check Cashin’ Country” unapologetically tells the struggles of being a touring musician.

“I hear that tip jars got a jingle, cause we ain’t got a single on the radio / we make em dance wherever we go, tryin’ turn a nickel into solid country gold it goes T for Texas and Tennesee / we’ve got miles to cover and places to be the highways the only kind of life for me, sure ain’t in it for the money, this ain’t check cashin’ country.”

On a lighter note, their latest single off the project “Make A Little” is plain and simple about making love.

“So we should make a little, Generate a little / Maybe even make the world a better place a little / We could turtle dove, Dixieland delight / You know it can’t be wrong when it feels so right / It all comes down to you and me girl / There’s just not enough love in the world / So we should make a little / Then make a little more tonight”

Whether it’s songs about heartbreak and drinking away your sorrows (“Lonely For You”) or finding new love (“This Old Heart”), On the Rocks is chock-full of twang, fiddles, and genuine country music.

The album release comes on the heels of their big tour announcement with Kacey Musgraves and Little Big Town, which hits NYC on February 24th, 2018. For all of Midland’s upcoming tour dates and more information check out