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Eli Young Band

Fusing a young man's take on heartland rock with the tougher side of Texas country music and the cocky enthusiasm of alt-country firebrands, the Eli Young Band have become a potent draw in the Southwest on the strength of local airplay and extensive touring. The Eli Young Band's story began when Mike Eli and James Young both enrolled at the University of North Texas and found themselves sharing a dorm room as freshmen. Both played guitar, and the two new friends started writing and singing songs together. Under the name Eli & Young, they began playing acoustic shows at local bars and coffee houses, and in time they expanded the band into a full electric quartet with the addition of fellow students Jon Jones on bass and Chris Thompson on drums, thus giving rise to the Eli Young Band. The group became a potent local draw, and in 2003 opened a show for rising star Miranda Lambert. Producer Frank Liddell saw the show and was impressed enough to offer the band a deal with his independent label, Carnival Recording Co. The Eli Young Band's debut album, Level, appeared in 2005, and the songs "That's the Way" and "When It Rains" began scoring significant airplay in the Lone Star State. The Eli Young Band's enthusiastic live show helped them draw a large and loyal audience in the Southwest, where they were able to fill 2,000-seat venues as a headliner, and they toured the country as an opener for the likes of Pat Green, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and Jack Ingram. In 2006, the group's live show was captured for posterity on the concert recording Live at the Jolly Fox, taped during a gig at a club in Huntsville, Texas. The Eli Young Band then landed a deal with the Universal-distributed Republic Records; a video for a new recording of "When It Rains" subsequently received extensive play on Country Music Television, and the group's first album for Republic, Jet Black & Jealous, was released September 2008, with "When It Rains" and two other songs from the album, "Always the Love Songs" and "Radio Waves," becoming Top 40 hits. The follow-up album, Life at Best, delivered another hit, the Liz Rose and Lee Brice-penned "Crazy Girl." The album was well-received by fans and critics alike, and the following year the band were nominated for a host of awards, including a clutch of Academy of Country Music Awards, where they took home the Song of the Year accolade for single "Crazy Girl," while they were also up for Grammys for Best Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song. They soon returned to the studio to record sessions for their fifth album, and in 2013 the fruits of their labor appeared in the shape of 2013 single "Drunk Last Night," which raced to number one in the U.S. Country Airplay charts. Building on this success, they headed out on tour before announcing 10,000 Towns was set to be released in 2014; it was preceded by the second single "Dust." ~ Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
Eli Young Band

    Top Country

    Top Country
    3 songs

    Country Love

    Country Love
    1 song

    Country Party

    Country Party
    1 song


    4 songs

    '00s Country

    2 songs

Albums by
Eli Young Band

Top Songs by
Eli Young Band

  1.   Song
  2.   Even If It Breaks Your Heart
  3.   Drunk Last Night
  4.   Crazy Girl
  5.   When It Rains
  6.   Dust
  7.   Say Goodnight
  8.   Always the Love Songs
  9.   Turn It On
  10.   Small Town Kid
  11.   Saltwater Gospel
  12.   Guinevere
  13.   So Close Now
  14.   Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
  15.   Every Other Memory
  16.   Drink You Up
  17.   Level
  18.   Radio Waves
  19.   Highways and Broken Hearts
  20.   The Closer You Get
  21.   My Old Man's Son
  22.   Mystery in the Making
  23.   Enough Is Enough
  24.   10,000 Towns
  25.   Plastic
  26.   Just Add Moonlight
  27.   What Does
  28.   Your Last Broken Heart
  29.   That's the Way
  30.   Prayer for the Road
  31.   Wonderful Christmastime
  32.   War on a Desperate Man
  33.   The Falling
  34.   Recover
  35.   On My Way
  36.   Life at Best
  37.   The Fight
  38.   Skeletons
  39.   Gimme Three Steps
  40.   Jet Black and Jealous
  41.   Throw and Go
  42.   Here's to You
  43.   Guardian Angel
  44.   When We Were Innocent
  45.   Show You How to Love Again
  46.   When You Come Down My Way
  47.   Drive Away
  48.   Bottom Line
  49.   I Call the Tune
  50.   Girl in Red
  51.   Everything Is You
  52.   Bring It on Home
  53.   Revelations
  54.   Angel Like You
  55.   How Quickly You Forget
  56.   San Antone
  57.   We Could Be Forever
  58.   Uncertain
  59.   Know I Would
  60.   Home
  61.   Get in the Car and Drive
  62.   Famous
  63.   Oklahoma Girl
  64.   A Lot Like Love
  65.   Let's Do Something Tonight
  66.   I Love You
  67.   Down on Padre
  68.   Back of My Mind
  69.   I'm in Love
  70.   How Should I Know
  71.   Your Place or Mine
  72.   I Still Think It's Me
  73.   Lonely All the Time

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