|The sounds of Ray Wylie Hubbard can spark many notions in the mind.
MidDay Farm Report
But when playing it in preparation for a family’s final barn dance, it, along with a few other factors helped ignite the MidDay Farm Report, a new rural rock ‘n’ roll group from Middle Tennessee.
The group is composed of members Tim Winton, Griffin Winton, Daniel Sheets and Chuck Haston.
“We all played together in different aspects. We rehearsed to say goodbye to the farm. It started rolling and it just came off cool,” Tim Winton said about the group’s early beginnings.
“I was like we should explore this and see where it goes”
Taking it back to older times when things were trouble-free, the group takes the name from the moment in the day when time would stop for a few minutes to reflect and tune in to the radio.
More than 11 tracks on their latest self-titled album, the group crafts a social commentary of the world while perfecting the art of simple storytelling.
Kicking off the album is an introduction of audio clips and spoken word by Warren County historian and photographer, Bruce Atnip, who pours out a few lines of conversation with “both hands pointing north,”
“He had the voice and never left the area and also knows where we came from,” Winton said about the choice for the introduction of the album.
The material is a mix of old songs mixed with new work such as “Politician” and “Hammer on Steel,” a song inspired by Winton’s grandfather.
“We just went ahead and said what everyone was thinking. If you’re a career politician then I don’t have time for you,” Winton said in reference to the subject matter of “Politician.”
Another key track on the album is “Cherry Creek Mill,” a song about skinny-dipping and good times growing up and the situations one may find them self in from time to time.
Winton had written this song years ago, but it definitely came into play at a meeting with ASCAP, where he shared the song with an executive across the table.
After exchanging the story and a few lyrics, the executive recalled similar times from his days in Texas, as the two states are similar in nature.
This one goes to show that wherever you are, there are always parallel stories that follow us all.
On the other hand, “Coal,” another new song, was inspired by a mountain top removal group that Winton encountered while at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The subject on this track is close to the heart of Winton, as he can see the clear cutting taking place from his old home place.
On their first effort, MidDay Farm report gives every listener a good account of rural America and where it has been and where it is going.
With the album behind the group now, the next step is the road as they just held their album release show a few weeks ago.
“It has exceeded my expectations to what we can come up with in a barn. If I never make another one, then I’m proud of this one.”
“We’re looking forward to festival season and getting ready for the fall,” Winton said about their upcoming plans.
To hear samples from the album, visit mdfr.bandcamp.com where the album is also available for purchase. You can also find the group on Facebook as well.