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Country trio Midland shows the magic of three

The country band Midland, known for its glamorous fashion style and neotraditional country sound, will be performing hits from its critically-acclaimed freshman album "On the Rocks" this at 8 p.m. Thursday, kicking off the Corn Palace Festival mu...

The country trio Midland is made up of, from left, Cameron Duddy (bassist/background vocal), Mark Wystrach (lead vocalist), Jess Carson (lead guitar/background vocals). They'll play at the Corn Palace on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)
The country trio Midland is made up of, from left, Cameron Duddy (bassist/background vocal), Mark Wystrach (lead vocalist), Jess Carson (lead guitar/background vocals). They'll play at the Corn Palace on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

The country band Midland, known for its glamorous fashion style and neotraditional country sound, will be performing hits from its critically-acclaimed freshman album "On the Rocks" this at 8 p.m. Thursday, kicking off the Corn Palace Festival music concert series.

Mark Wystrach (lead vocalist), Jess Carson (lead guitar/background vocals) and Cameron Duddy (bassist/background vocals) had known each other for some time from Los Angeles, where they had been collaborating on different art and music projects. The trio finally clicked and came together five years ago at Duddy's wedding in Wyoming.

"Things never materialized or worked out back then. I think a big part of that was, that it wasn't the three of us," said Wystrach. "There's a bit of magic that happens with the number three. It's the basis of democracy. With the three of us, we were able to collaborate more smoothly. I guess when you have a tie-breaker in there, it happens."

The band was created in 2015 in the small town of Dripping Springs, Texas, near Austin.

"Midland is a place for us where we come together. It's sort of our tri-factor, our triangle, that middle ground of all creative art influences," Wystrach said.

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Midland's hits include "Drinkin' Problem," Make a Little" and "Burn Out," all of which peaked in the top-40 of the Billboard Hot Country charts, with "Drinkin' Problem" climbing to No. 4.

Duddy, a music video director, previously collaborated with Bruno Mars to direct his "24K Magic" video in 2016.

The country trio, known for their 10-gallon cowboy hats and Elton John-style suits, was at the Central States Fair on Tuesday before making its stop in Mitchell Thursday at the Corn Palace. They'll be more than 3,000 miles away on Saturday at the Alaska State Fair.

"We are going to end up playing 160 shows in 2018. We start a tour with Thomas Rhett and Brett Young coming up in the fall," Wystrach said. "That tour starts the end of next month and will have 22 dates almost up to the end of the year."

After that, Midland will be starting its first own headlining tour called the Electric Rodeo Tour.

Midland has spent the first half of the year writing heavily for the next album and just started recording again last month in Nashville, with about 70 percent of the recording for the second album completed.

"We have all the songs compiled and a good chunk of the recording done for that. But we're always going to be writing and have a large catalog of songs that we are looking forward to getting recorded," Wystrach said.

Tickets are still available at the Corn Palace box office for $38 or $48 VIP. Jameson Rodgers will be the opening act. From Batesville, Mississippi, Rodgers released his second extended-play record earlier this year with his songs "Missing One" and "Ain't Really Over," and he helped write Florida Georgia Line's "Wish You Were On It."

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