SXSW 2019: Midland Premiere Two New Songs at Recording Academy’s Annual Block Party


Midland gave among the music trade a preview of what’s approaching the nation group’s second album throughout a efficiency on the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy’s annual South By Southwest Block Party.

The group, which hails from Dripping Springs, Texas, performed two model new songs throughout its half-hour set, “21st Century Honky Tonk American Band” and the honky tonk-flavored “Mr. Lonely,” the later of which frontman Mark Wystrach instructed the gang could be launched “in a few weeks” as a primary single from the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2017’s On the Rocks.

After the present Wystrach instructed Billboard that the album would in all probability be launched throughout the late summer time. He mentioned the set “picks up the place we left off on On The Rocks. It’s the results of a band that’s been on the highway continuous and has been writing and change into assured within the studio. The basis of it was…’Let’s go construct our dream home.” He added that whereas “not an enormous departure” the album does have some contemporary options, together with lead vocals on some tracks by guitarist Jess Carson and bassist Cameron Duddy.

Midland devoted its Grammy Award-nominated hit “Drinkin’ Problem,” which Wystrach mentioned was about to be licensed double-platinum, to the Recording Academy for its help and completed the set with an prolonged cowl of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.”