Big Machine Records has signed country trio Midland to its roster. The group is headed by vocalist Mark Wystratch, with lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy. Shane McAnally has signed on to produce the group’s first Big Machine Records project.
Originally formed in Dripping Springs, Texas, the band is rooted in tradition both in sound and style. Midland, who initially garnered attention playing clubs in the Texas region, intentionally nods to the wild west with country music that is reminiscent of the 1970’s and 80’s with a modern-day twist.
“A voice like Mark’s is so rare–it’s one of those voices that you just hope is out there and something we’re always on the lookout for–and when you find it, it literally changes the colors in the room,” said Big Machine President/CEO Scott Borchetta. “Together with Jess and Cam, this is one of the coolest and most interesting, energetic and charismatic bands to burst onto the scene in quite sometime. Expect big things… ”
“The band is very excited to jump in feet first with the Big Machine team. We have been playing honky-tonks around the South and Southwest for the past few years and are anxious to expand our audience,” said Wystrach. “We are a fusion of so many different influences and genres from traditional country to Southern rock, rhythm and blues to soul music, and look forward to collaborating with our Nashville brothers and sisters to make great music for years to come.”
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