Doors 7:00pm | Show 9:00pm
Tickets starting at $49.99
River Cree Entertainment Centre
Pre-sale: March 14 & 15
General sale: March 16
Pre-sale code: COUNTRY
With all the chest-thumping going on in Nashville today, where bluster and swagger have replaced heart and soul, you half expect some of country music's male stars to be sporting bruises. Which is what makes Midland, a trio of friends based in Dripping Springs, Texas, so undeniably refreshing. Made up of singer Mark Wystrach, lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy, Midland is the embodiment of Seventies California country, all smooth Eagles harmonies and heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics. Their songs are intoxicating, sung with the twang of George Strait. And it's impossible to resist. Now, after endearingthemselves to fans with the hit radio single «Drinkin' Problem» and a self-titledEP, Midland unveil their full-length debut, On the Rocks(Big Machine Records).A collection of 13 tracks all written or co-written by Midland –the guys took their name from a Dwight Yoakam song –On the Rocksexcels at setting a mood, transporting the listener to another place and time. It's an albummade for wide-open skies, endless deserts and wondering where the road is going to take you next. «Drinkin' Problem,» written with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, who produced the album with Dann Huff, reclaims the drinking song for classic country music, making it less about an endless party and more about self-medicating. «They call it a problem, I call it a solution / just sitting here with all my grand illusions,» sings Wystrach, evoking the best booze balladsof both Gary Stewart and Merle Haggard, two of the trio's chiefinfluences. «Make a Little,» a rollicking ditty, is more optimistic, soaring with the brotherly harmonies of Wystrach, Duddy and Carson and a timely message: «There's just not enough love in the world.» The rapid-fire lyrics embody the cleverwordplay that is unique tocountry music –«we shouldmake a little, generate a little / maybeeven make the world a better place a little» –and also nod to Alabama, another country band that helped sparka revolution in the genre.Midland hearkenback to a time when an artist's personal style –colorful suits, tailored denim and well-worn hats –dovetailed with the music. And they tip theirhats to other groundbreaking artiststhroughout On the Rocks.The kick-back and get-high ode«Altitude Adjustment» name-checks John Denver, the majestic «Nothin' New Under the Neon» sounds like vintage Eddie Rabbit, andtheglorious «At Least YouCried» channels Dwight Yoakam. By album's end, the band
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