Hailing from the Gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains, Seth Mulder & Midnight Run began its journey in February 2015 at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Made up of 5 like-minded musicians and graduates of college music programs, this group of friends and musicians created a band tied to the rich traditions of bluegrass music, yet one that offers a fresh approach to that "High Lonesome" sound. Each member draws from various influences, including bluegrass, country, and rock and roll.
They present a high-energy show filled with nostalgic entertainment, tight harmonies, and skillful musicianship, all built around their curated set list of original material and lost covers.
Favorites among bluegrass enthusiasts and non-bluegrass audiences alike; they keep the energy high and the audience on their feet. The band knows when they are on stage; it is not only about the music; it is about connecting with the audience and leaving them with a memory that will last a lifetime.
2022 was a big year for them. They completed their first studio album on Mountain Fever Records, "In Dreams I Go Back," which debuted on the Billboard charts at number #7. In addition, their singles "My, My, My" ,"The Mountains are Calling", "Carolina Line" and "One More Night" spent multiple weeks on the top ten charts. "One More Night" was the named #4 most played song on bluegrass radio in 2021.
With over 300 dates a year, their high-energy style of music has taken them worldwide, including festivals across the United States, Canada, and multiple European tours.Together, Seth Mulder, Colton Powers, Ben Watlington, Max Etling and Max Silverstein create a powerhouse of music and a stage show you do not want to miss and that is why they are one of the most talked-about young bluegrass bands on the festival circuit today!
In a day and age where authenticity is everything, Seth Mulder & Midnight Run are the real deal.
“Hearing you guys play was one of the best parts of my trip! You guys are so wonderful at what you do! Can't wait to see you next time! ”
— New Jersey
“I watched you guys last week in Gatlinburg, you totally blew us away, and we will be telling the whole of Liverpool, England about you guys!”
— Liverpool, England
Meet the band
Mandolin and Vocals
The band leader and mandolin player, Seth Mulder, is graduate of the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music where he studied under music legends, Bobby Osborne and Curtis Burch. Seth brings an exciting approach to his mandolin style with influences of Bill Monroe, Ronnie McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Bobby Osborne, and Chris Thile. Seth has toured the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, sharing the stage with the likes of Bobby Osborne, Little Roy Lewis, J.D. Crowe, Darrell Webb, Johnny Butten, and many others. A North Dakota native, he now makes his home in East Tennessee. You’ll see Seth singing lead and harmony as well as performing some of his original music.
Banjo and Vocals
On the five-string banjo is Colton Powers, a Tennessee native and recent graduate of East Tennessee State Universities’ Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic and Country Music Studies program. Though he’s only been playing the banjo for eight years, he has become a very accomplished musician and vocalist, bringing influences of Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe and Bill Emerson to create a sound all his own. You’ll hear Colton playing banjo and singing lead, baritone and tenor vocals.
Guitar and Vocals
On the guitar is Ben Watlington. A graduate of East Tennessee State Universities’ Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic and Country Music Studies program. Ben has performed hundreds of venues with several different touring groups, most notably the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. During his time in this group, he traveled throughout the United States and toured the country of Japan. He has performed with musicians such as Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, and Bobby Hicks all during his college career. Ben is very well versed in the traditional Bluegrass genre and has extensive knowledge of Country music as well, which all lend to his vocal talents, guitar playing and extensive lyrical knowledge. With influences such as Bill Monroe, Tony Rice, and The Louvin Brothers to name a few, he is surely a promising talent. Once you see Midnight Run perform with Ben Watlington, you’ll know he was meant to be a Bluegrass performer and a great addition to the group.
Upright Bass and Vocals
On the Upright Bass is Max Etling from Plymouth Minnesota. Max is also a recent graduate of East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Program. He played in the E.T.S.U. Bluegrass Pride Band for his junior and senior year where he toured all over the country performing at bluegrass festivals opening up for bands like Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder and sharing the stage with artist like Larry Sparks and Becky Buller, an ETSU alumna. Max will be playing the upright bass and singing baritone and lead vocals.
Fiddle and Vocals
Playing the Fiddle is Max Silverstein from Bangor, Maine. Max is the most recent graduate in the band of East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass Major. He spent time playing both Guitar and Fiddle in the E.T.S.U. Bluegrass Pride Band during his Junior and Senior years, and has played Fiddle with many other touring groups playing all around the United States and Internationally as well. Max’s biggest influences include Stuart Duncan, Michael Cleveland, Jason Carter, Vassar Clements, and Brittany Haas. Come see one of our shows and you’ll hear why we love Max!