‘Catch of the Day’ – Midland – “Drinking Problem” [VIDEO]
Today we turn our focus to a band whose members met originally in Dripping Springs, Texas. A band that is rooted in the sounds of traditional country music, but with a modern touch.
Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson first met in the town of Dripping Springs, TX, about 25 miles west of Austin, sharing common influences like Dwight Yoakam, George Strait and the Eagles, but they didn’t come together as a band until they really had some time to kill together, sharing influences and playing music they found they all loved. The band actually came together when Wystrach and Carson showed up a week early for Duddy’s wedding in Jackson Hole Wyoming, bonding on his front porch over song selection for the reception. They held a couple jam sessions on that front porch, deciding to see where their music would take them.
It led them to El Paso, TX, where they entered Sonic Ranch Studios and cut 15 songs that had a unique, traditional country sound. The took their name from a line in a Dwight Yoakam song, and took their music to Nashville, where Big Machine Records signed the trio and sent them into the studio with super-producer Shane McAnally, to refine and expand their sound. The result was their debut album, Electric Rodeo, which reminded many of a young Eddie Rabbitt, Gary Stewart or George Strait.
Whether they intended to or not, Midland may just fill a void in today’s country music. That classic sound with a modern edge maybe just be what many fans have been clamoring for. The lead single from Electric Rodeo is in our spotlight today. Midland and “Drinking Problem” is today’s Catch of the Day, new music you haven’t heard, but you’ll want to hear it again.