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Bruno Mars

Welcome to Midland, South Florida

Welcome to Midland, South Florida

There are distractions to be parsed when it comes to the country-music trio Midland, and not just their Nudie-style suits — garish, retina-melting ensembles that might make Porter Wagoner blush.

Based in Dripping Springs, Texas, outside of Austin, Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson traffic in a sound that is an antidote to the backward-ballcap country music that has dominated the genre in the past few years. Midland’s debut album, “On the Rocks,” is country music of a particular era, a 1970s-’80s jukebox: Waylon and Willie, George Strait and Alan Jackson, Eddie Rabbit in the clutches of the Eagles.

Rolling Stone called it “a fantastic album, full of tight, honeyed...