MIDLAND NAMED “BEST NEW ACT” IN PRESTIGIOUS COUNTRY CRITICS’ POLL
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GRAMMY-nominated “Drinkin’ Problem” Named No. 1 Single
NASHVILLE, TN (January 25, 2018) – Today the annual Nashville Scene Country Music Critics’ Pollresults were released with MIDLAND being named Best New Act and their GRAMMY-nominated single “Drinkin’ Problem” being voted as the No. 1 Single of 2017. Midland joins the ranks of Jason Isbell, Lee Ann Womack and Margo Price who also topped categories in this year’s poll.
With ninety-four top music journalists voting, Midland’s Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson also earned the No. 3 spot on the poll’s Best Duos and Groups list while their debut album ON THE ROCKS (Big Machine Records) made the Best Albums list.
“As artists and songwriters, it is such an honor to be recognized by this select group of critics,” said Midland’s Cameron Duddy. “We set out to make music that is real and is true to ourselves and to see those who judge music respond so positively is truly humbling.”
Midland is only the third act to win the Poll’s Best Single and Best New Act categories in the same year. The only other two were Gretchen Wilson (2004) and Kacey Musgraves (2013).
ABOUT MIDLAND: Hailing from Dripping Springs, TX, Midland is made up of vocalist Mark Wystrach, lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy. Rooted in tradition in both sound and style, the trio initially garnered attention playing clubs in the region. Their PLATINUM-certified lead single “Drinkin’ Problem,” which offers an intentional nod to Country music reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s, earned the band their first Grammy Award nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Midland followed the chart-topper with their optimistic tune “Make A Little,” which began impacting Country radio on September 25. This year Country Radio Broadcasters voted the trio as one of the esteemed 2018 CRS New Faces. Their critically-acclaimed freshman album, ON THE ROCKS, available now on Big Machine Records, features 13 tracks, with songwriting credits from each member alongside hitmakers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. Launching to rave reviews from notable outlets like Los Angeles Times sand Rolling Stone Country, ON THE ROCKS was touted by The Washington Post as “the year’s best Country Album.” The Dann Huff-produced album earned the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Country Album Sales chart upon release. They’ll bring their rollicking, traditional Country live show back to the stage next month as part of Little Big Town’s THE BREAKERS TOUR on February 8 in Oklahoma City, OK, and join Thomas Rhett’s LIFE CHANGES TOUR on September 13 in Bangor, ME.