Midland Brings LA’s Palomino Back to Life for Smoke-Filled Neon Night of Music

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Urban cowboy country outfit Midland emerged from the neon-lit smoky haze of one of Los Angeles' most beloved country music venues Tuesday night (Oct. 15) for a special one-night engagement to pay homage to the country greats of yester year and take a very lap after securing near-top billing at the Stagecoach country music festival.

The lineup for the April 24-26 festival was released earlier Tuesday with Midland scoring a highly coveted post-sunset slot, showing just how far the Texas band has come since launching in 2016, winning the Academy of Country Music's new vocal duo or group of the year prize in 2017 and performing a daytime set at Stagecoach weeks later.

Now Midland hosts a new podcast on Spotify, are planning a number of European dates and celebrating the success of their sophomore album, Let It Roll, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart in September. To celebrate their meteoric rise, Goldenvoice, the team behind the massive country festival, staged a one-night revival of the Palomino, L.A.'s best known country music club and honky tonk through much of the 1960s, '70s and '80s hosting everyone from the Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash and Linda Ronstadt to Jerry Jeff Walker, Patsy Cline and The Flying Burrito Brothers. The Palomino shut its doors in 1995 and today is mostly used as a banquet hall and event space, but was revived for The Palomino Rides Again, a benefit concert celebrating the club's 70th anniversary and could be hosting more shows in the future. 

Tuesday night's show started with lead singer and guitarist Mark Wystrach walking through the crowd to take the stage alongside bassist Cameron Duddy and guitarist Jess Carson. Joined by three additional members of their touring band, Midland worked their way through their string of hits, opening with "Playboys" from their sophomore album, Let it Roll, and making their way to play three Hot 100 charting songs  -- "Burnout," "Make A Little" and then "Drinkin' Problem" from their 2017 album, On The Rocks.

Tuesday's showcase had support from a number of music industry sponsors including Midland's Big Machine Label Group, the Academy of Country Music and Pollstar magazine, which features the band of the cover of their current issue. The show was also supported by Valley Relics Museum, which stores the Palomino's original neon signage and displays, as well as beer-maker Dos Equis and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Palomino's restored neon sign and a 1967 Pontiac Bonneville once owned by country music tastemaker and tailor Nudie Cohn -- adorned with side-panel shotguns, six-shooter hood ornaments and massive set of Texas longhorns -- were the other stars of the night. 

Midland fans unable to attend Tuesday's show (there was a 100-person line outside at one point) can catch the band on the Let It Roll tour, which resumes Thursday at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix and hits the midwest before heading to the U.K. in December. Midland plays the Stagecoach Country Music Festival with Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay and many more on April 25. Learn more at stagecoachfestival.com.