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Winter Classic pregame entertainment to feature Midland

Texas band to play before Stars, Predators face off in Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK - Texas band Midland will perform at the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the New Year's Day outdoor matchup between the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars at Cotton Bowl® Stadium in Dallas, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today. The two-time, GRAMMY-nominated band will take the stage before the teams take the ice. Live television coverage of the game will begin at 12:00 p.m. CT / 1:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 1, on NBC in the U.S. and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.

"We're a Texas band. It's where we started and it's where we grew," said Midland. "Whether we're playing a Honky Tonk or at the Cotton Bowl, just know you're about to get 100% boot stomping, country music. We are all excited to be in Dallas on New Year's Day to perform at this year's NHL Winter Classic. Best of luck to both teams and we will see you on January 1st."

Hailing from Dripping Springs, Texas, lead vocalist Mark Wystrach fronts Midland's rich sound that is rounded out with vocalist and lead guitarist Jess Carson and vocalist and bass player Cameron Duddy. Rooted in tradition in both sound and style, the trio initially garnered attention playing clubs in the region. Their critically-acclaimed sophomore album LET IT ROLL (Big Machine Records) earned the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top Country Album Sales chart upon release, receiving praise from outlets such as Rolling Stone, Variety, NPR and Entertainment Weekly among others. Wystrach, Carson and Duddy all played an integral role in writing the 14-track album with Texas native Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

LET IT ROLL was produced by Dann Huff, McAnally and Osborne and was a follow-up to the critically acclaimed GOLD-certified debut album, ON THE ROCKS (Big Machine Records). Launching in 2017 with rave reviews, ON THE ROCKS was declared "the year's best Country album" by Washington Post and includes their 2x Platinum-certified chart-topping debut "Drinkin' Problem," which offers an intentional nod to country music reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s. The chart-topper earned the band their first GRAMMY® nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Midland was also named New Vocal Group of the Year at the 2018 ACM Awards.

Currently on their global LET IT ROLL TOUR a full list of Midland's tour dates and more can be found at

The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will mark the first NHL regular-season outdoor game for both the Stars and the Predators. The matchup on Jan. 1 continues the tradition the League established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year. This year's game will be the 29th NHL regular-season outdoor game and the 12th NHL Winter Classic. A complete history of NHL regular-season outdoor games is available here.

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