(AUDIO) MIDLAND TAPS INTO THE BLUES AND SOUL OF COUNTRY

Most people in the world of country music agree that what’s popular, in terms of the sound of the genre, tends to go in cycles.  For instance, there was the bro country phase, there’s pop country, and lately it seems more traditional sounding country has been making a resurgence with artists like Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton and Midland.  Mark Wystrach has a theory about why people are gravitating toward their more traditional sound.  He says, “I think what we’re tapping into with a lot of the bro country or the more pop country is that, what happened with Chris Stapleton, people couldn’t quite put their finger on it.  But Chris Stapleton’s tapping into the blues and into soul, and it’s really in that performance where you hear that coming through.  And that’s a big influence for us, is on the soul and on the blues side.”

With a song like “Burn Out,” which is Midland’s latest single, Mark says, “There’s an authenticity to all those lyrics and the way that we sing and the way that we present it, and it is different from a lot of that stuff, I guess.”

Midland is currently in the studio working on the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut album, On the Rocks.

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Mark Wystrach – “I think what we’re tapping into with a lot of the bro country or the more pop country is that, what happened with Chris Stapleton, people couldn’t quite put their finger on it.  But Chris Stapleton’s tapping into the blues and into soul, and it’s really in that performance where you hear that coming through.  And that’s a big influence for us, is on the soul and on the blues side. And there’s an authenticity to all those lyrics and the way that we sing and the way that we present it, and it is different from a lot of that stuff, I guess.”

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