Just weeks after Entertainment Weekly named them one of the 10 Artists Who Will Rule 2017, Texas trio Midland has released their music video for their debut single “Drinkin’ Problem.” The song that American Songwriter called “a Dwight Yoakam and Laurel Canyon-indebted tune” was penned by Midland along with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.
Made up of singer Mark Wystrach, lead guitarist Jess Carson, and bass player Cameron Duddy,Midland is the harkens back to 70s California country, with smooth harmonies and soul-baring lyrics. They are already showing great promise in the industry and will definitely appeal to fans that are looking for a throwback sound with fresh lyrics.
Basked in the neon blue of an old bar, the “Drinkin’ Problem” opens with lead singer Mark Wystrach crooning the first lines of the song before the shot widens to reveal bass player Cameron Duddy and guitarist Jess Carson. CMT, who premiered the video, described it as “one part Dukes of Hazzard and one part Smokey and the Bandit” and praised the video for its “retro-modern” cinematic quality that features the mischievous boys of Midland “romancing the pretty girls, running moonshine– and most importantly, running from the law.”
The video was shot in Lockhart, Texas, and directed by Duddy whose past directorial credits include music videos for Bruno Mars (“24k Magic”) and Jennifer Lopez (“Ain’t Your Mama”).
Country radio officially began playing the song on Monday, February 27 and the band’s self-titled EP is available at digital retailers and streaming services. Midland will be opening for Country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill later this year on select dates of their highly-anticipated Soul2Soul World Tour. They are definitely a band to keep an eye on. In the meanwhile, have a look at their new music video.
(Written by Liz Austin/CMM Contributor) (Photo Credit Harper Smith)