Midland’s first LP On the Rocks introduced the world to their immensely entertaining, boot-stompin’, Eighties-country-in-an-Instagram-filter sound two and a half years ago, and their new song shows that the group has no plans to leave the honky-tonk anytime soon. The band (singer Mark Wystrach, guitarist Jess Carson, and bassist Cameron Duddy) collaborated with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne to write “Mr. Lonely,” a naughty Texas dancehall-inspired tune.
“Mr. Lonely,” replete with a pedal steel solo by Paul Franklin and some boogie guitar, is a tongue-in-cheek homage to accepting the position of being someone’s late-night phone call after their previous date failed. Wystrach sings, “I’m the number you know by broken heart,” “I’m not Mr. Right, but I am Mr. Right now.”
If their debut single, “Drinkin’ Problem,” was a foggy lament for high ABV heartache, “Mr. Lonely,” off their forthcoming sophomore LP, is its line-dancing, on-the-rise relative. And let’s say country radio plays it as they’ve done with the group’s prior albums. In that event, it will be one of the heaviest doses of traditional instrumentation to reach the airwaves in years, in an era where blazing rock-inspired guitar solos and recorded percussion are considerably more prevalent than Time Jumper Franklin’s steel stylings.
“Working on new material keeps us sane on the road,” Wystrach said last year to Rolling Stone Country. “When you’ve been on the road for two years straight, our soundchecks are a daily therapy-slash-rehearsal.”
Midland will continue their headline Electric Rodeo Tour into the spring after being nominated for Group of the Year and Video of the Year at the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards.
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