New country trio Midland's self-titled debut EP is a must-hear. Over five songs, the Texas-based outfit of Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson, blend their voices to produce country music that recalls a mix of George Strait, Urban Cowboy and Seventies yacht rock. If ever there were a country band that Michael McDonald should sit in with, it's these guys.
On lead single "Drinkin' Problem," Midland – one of Rolling Stone Country's Artists You Need to Know – shrug their collective shoulders at the notion that they're frequently overserved. "People say I got a drinkin' problem / but I got no problem drinkin' at all," sings Wystrach, delivering the lyric with all the emotional pull of the late Gary Stewart, one of the trio's key influences.
The group stripped away the gloss of the studio version of the song for an intimate acoustic set at an Indianapolis radio station. It's a harmony-rich performance, if also refreshingly ragged, as Carson, Wystrach and Duddy convince you that just maybe they had one too many the night before.