Midland performs tonight at The AMP
OW Staff Writer | 7/27/2018, midnight
Grammy nominated artists Midland will bring their critically acclaimed country sound to the Palmdale Amphitheater tonight at 8 p.m. as part of the city of Palmdale’s summer concert series.
Hailing from Dripping Springs, Texas, lead vocalist Mark Wystrach fronts Midland’s rich sound that is rounded out with lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy. Rooted in tradition in both sound and style, the trio first came together at Duddy’s wedding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where the three members ended up jamming onstage at the rehearsal dinner.
“It was this serendipitous chain of events, and it was the best week ever,” said Wystrach, who, despite his hippie persona, was actually raised on an Arizona cattle ranch. “By the end, we knew the three of us had amazing chemistry.”
Midland initially garnered attention playing clubs in the region. After launching their debut album, On the Rocks, they received rave reviews from notable outlets such as the Los Angeles Times and Rolling Stone Country, with Washington Post touting it as “the year’s best Country album.”
While On the Rocks earned the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Country Album Sales chart upon release, their debut single “Drinkin’ Problem,” also reached No. 1 and earned the band their first GRAMMY® Awards nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
At the American Country Music Awards show in April, Midland were named New Vocal Group of the Year, and were the most-nominated debut artist with three total nods, also including Vocal Group of the Year and Single of the Year (“Drinkin’ Problem”). This year Country Radio Broadcasters voted the trio as one of the esteemed 2018 Country Radio Seminar New Faces.
“Midland is the embodiment of Seventies California country, all smooth harmonies and heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics,” said Keri Smith, director of Palmdale Recreation and Culture.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at www.PalmdaleAmphitheater.com. VIP tickets are $40 and general admission is $25. VIP ticket includes a chair (theater-style, first-come, first served). General admission, bring your own chair. No outside food or drinks allowed. Concessions will be available, including beer and wine.