With their outsized stoned-cowboy vibe and colorful aesthetic, Midland don’t often blend into a crowd, especially on the concert stage. But the trio toned it down for an understated performance of their latest single “Burn Out” on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night, favoring subtle harmonies over honky-tonk rowdiness.
The group — singer Mark Wystrach, guitartist Jess Carson and bassist Cameron Duddy — is currently headlining their Electric Rodeo Tour, which brought them to the famous Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey, this past weekend. The band, who have been peppering their live sets with covers ranging from Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” to Bruce Springsteen’s “Tougher Than the Rest,” is now in Nashville, where they’ll perform at the 52nd annual CMA Awards.
Midland are nominated for three awards at Wednesday’s show, including New Artist of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Single of the Year for their hit “Drinkin’ Problem,” off their debut album On the Rocks. The band is working on the follow-up to that LP in Nashville.