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The Middle Ground emerged on the Milwaukee music scene in 2013 as The Joe Neary Band and quickly found a niche with their alternative pop sound. The band prides themselves on their DIY approach and records everything on their own. Their first album, "From Love, to Loss, to Living," was released June 2013 under the name Joe Neary, and was nominated for a 2013 RadioMilwaukee Music Award. The band's varied influences of pop, blues, and alternative have likened them to Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, and Young the Giant. The Middle Ground has held showcases at RedGorilla Music Fest in Austin, TX, Summerfest, and Yellow Phone Music Conference, and has shared the stage with the likes of SoMo, Celeste Buckingham, and Will Champlin. The band won the 2014 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award for New Artist of the Year, and released their self-titled EP on November 7th.