The three-man band Midland, comprised of Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson made a splash right out of the box in 2017 with their debut single “Drinkin’ Problem” and they celebrated the hit’s success alongside co-writers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, co-producer Dann Huff and members of the music industry at a party at the Sutler Saloon. “Drinkin’ Problem” was certified Gold and also topped the Mediabase country charts.
The trio’s lead vocalist Wystrach recalled that the group “immediately formed a friendship” with the two writers upon their first visit to their office. “We’re all just kind of kindred souls,” he noted. Osborne shared the original inspiration for the song, built around the hook line, “People say I got a drinkin’ problem/But I got no problem drinkin’ at all.” Osborne heard the line in an old episode of the classic TV series, “MASH.”
“I wrote it down in my phone,” he remembered. “It was such a traditional country hook that it didn’t fit everywhere. I loved the idea, and when [Midland] came in to meet with us, we started talking and I thought they might actually like this.”
During the party, hosted by performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI, Midland received accolades from their label, Big Machine Records, Country Radio Broadcasters and others. ASCAP presented the songwriters with brand-new Yeti coolers. Duddy made sure to thank McAnally and Osborne, who co-produced “Drinkin’ Problem” with the much-awarded Huff. “There was no way we were going to make this record with anybody but you guys,” Duddy declared. “It wouldn’t have sounded like this.”
Midland’s debut album “On the Rocks” has also seen sure-fire success, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Album Sales chart. Fans can catch the band on CMT on Tour with Jon Pardi and Runaway June this fall.