Whitewater Amphitheater, June 29
by Holly Cowart
Photograph by Harper Smith
It took just a few years for Midland to become one of the most promising names in country music. Since starting out with their 2017 hit, “On the Rocks,” the trio have graced magazine covers, late-night talk shows and sold-out stages across the continent.
Each bandmate brings an important set of skills to the table. Lead vocalist Mark Wystrach’s low-slung notes beautifully elicit tales of honky-tonks and broken hearts, while lead guitarist Jess Carson brings each song to life as he effortlessly glides through harmonies. And then there’s Cameron Duddy — a badass bassist and director who regularly cranks out award-winning videos with world-famous artists, Midland included. Their collective sound, heavily influenced by timeless voices like Gary Stewart and Dwight Yoakam, harkens back to a sweet spot in country history. But make no mistake, their music is wholeheartedly their own. This past March they dropped “Mr. Lonely,” the toe-tapping first single from their eagerly awaited second album. It even comes with its very own line dance.
From humble beginnings to opening for top acts like Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Little Big Town, something magical happens when these guys take the stage. On June 29, the hometown trio will bring their undeniable chemistry to Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels. Joined by local artist Paul Cauthen, the evening will be a shining representation of Texas’ unmatched country talent.