Rolling Stone references Midland as having a “Retro Country Eloquence,” and that’s an accurate description and one that was evident with their debut album. But there’s more to them than their 90’s country throwback look, and their just-released sophomore album Let it Roll proves it. The band, formed in Dripping Springs, Texas and consisting of Mark Wystrach, Jess Carson, and Cameron Duddy, have got a unique style and sound with harmonies that have been compared to bands like The Eagles and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
The ACM Award-winning and Grammy-nominated band found plenty of success with their 2017 debut album On The Rocks. The album scored them a Platinum-certified Number One song with “Drinkin’ Problem,” a Top 3 hit with “Burn Out” and a Top 15 with “Make a Little.”
Let it Roll builds on the success of On The Rocks and shows the evolution of their music, who they are, and where they’ve come. The album continues to incorporate classic country themes such as heartbreak, boozing, cheatin’, nostalgia, and, of course, its good time songs, but does so in a more mature and fluid way. Lead singer Mark Wystrach says, “This album is written by and about a band on the road, one that knows who we are and where we’re going.”
Take a look inside the story behind the new album in the video below:
Stand out tracks
“Fourteen Gears,” a classic trucker’s road anthem, describing the urge to get home to someone you’re missing. It was “Fourteen Gears” that secured their record deal with Big Machine Records. “Hear the Peterbilt whine / Down the solid white line / Don’t make no money if I don’t make it there on time / Houston, Dallas, San Antone / Wind it up until I’m home / I’ve got fourteen gears to get you back in my arms / But if I know that you’ll be waitin’ there / Then you know that’s a wait girl that I can bare / I can see your face in the headlights lonely glare / But with a big ol’ moon steady on the rise / And the hammer down across the great divide / I’ll be pushin’ through ’til I’m back where I belong.”