Chris Janson & Midland

 


Chris Janson

& Midland


December 30, 2017

 

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 Chris Janson

Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville country artist Chris Janson was born to entertain crowds. In 2015, his breakthrough #1 Platinum single “Buy Me A Boat” was the 7th bestselling country song of the year, although his professional music career began more than 10 years ago.
 
The “Fix A Drink” singer is known as much for his hit songwriting as his “infectious” (Billboard) performances, with Rolling Stone describing him as having “a mesmerizing stage presence that most arena-headlining artists would kill for.” Janson has also penned multiple top-charting hits including “Truck Yeah” (Tim McGraw), “That's How I'll Always Be” (Tim McGraw), “I Love This Life” (LoCash), and over 25 additional hit songs recorded by a long list of established artists. The breakout star has been nominated for multiple awards and won several, including two 2016 BMI songwriter awards (“Buy Me A Boat” and “I Love This Life”) as well as Country Song of the Year (“Buy Me a Boat”) at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
 
The electrifying performer is on the road this summer with Sam Hunt for the “15 in a 30” tour as well as his own headlining dates and will join Tim McGraw and Faith Hill for select shows on their SOUL2SOUL tour in the fall. He plays every instrument on stage, and is best known for his signature harmonica playing. Additionally, Janson has played the Grand Ole Opry more than 150 times to date, and made numerous television appearances including: The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, CONAN, The Today Show, ACM Awards and ACCA Awards. He recently released his Fix A Drink EP and is currently working on new music, with an album due later this year.

Midland

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 endearing themselves to fans with the hit radio single "Drinkin' Problem"
and a self-titled EP, Midland unveil their full-length debut, On the Rocks (Big Machine
Records).

Midland 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," says 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 isn't manufactured," says Duddy, born in California. "We are three real
friends who stumbled upon making music together."

Whether they intended it or not, Midland are filling a void in country, with songs that
run the gamut from lush Urban Cowboy anthems to loose campfire sing-alongs. Putting
their own spin on a classic sound, they're making something old relevant again.

"We are a band," says Carson, declaratively. "That's a big part of the spirit of what we
do, that group experience and camaraderie."

Says Wystrach, "We've poured our hearts and souls into writing and making these songs
and are extremely proud of what we've been able to create."

With On the Rocks, Midland have captured a sound decades in the making that is just
right for today. 


 

  

December 30, 2017