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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 Eli Young 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 "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 the "Drunk Last Night" single, which raced to number one in the U.S. Country Airplay chart. Building on this success, they headed out on tour before announcing that 10,000 Towns was set to be released in 2014; it was preceded by the second single, "Dust." An EP called Turn It On was released in the spring of 2015. For 2017's Fingerprints, the Eli Young Band signed with the Big Machine subsidiary Valory. ~ Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
Eli Young Band

    New Country First

    New Country First
    1 song

    Country Party

    Country Party
    1 song

    Country Love

    Country Love
    1 song


    4 songs

    Top Country

    1 song

    '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.   Fingerprints
  12.   Skin & Bones
  13.   Saltwater Gospel
  14.   Guinevere
  15.   Level
  16.   Every Other Memory
  17.   Drink You Up
  18.   So Close Now
  19.   Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
  20.   Radio Waves
  21.   Prayer for the Road
  22.   Never Again
  23.   Highways and Broken Hearts
  24.   Never Land
  25.   Get in the Car and Drive
  26.   Enough Is Enough
  27.   Jet Black and Jealous
  28.   Oklahoma Girl
  29.   Once
  30.   What Does
  31.   Let's Do Something Tonight
  32.   The Closer You Get
  33.   War on a Desperate Man
  34.   Recover
  35.   On My Way
  36.   My Old Man's Son
  37.   Skeletons
  38.   I Love You
  39.   Uncertain
  40.   Here's to You
  41.   Everything Is You
  42.   Show You How to Love Again
  43.   San Antone
  44.   Famous
  45.   Drive Away
  46.   A Lot Like Love
  47.   I Still Think It's Me
  48.   Old Songs
  49.   That's the Way
  50.   Drive
  51.   Your Last Broken Heart
  52.   Wonderful Christmastime
  53.   The Falling
  54.   How Quickly You Forget
  55.   Back of My Mind
  56.   Know I Would
  57.   Mystery in the Making
  58.   Girl in Red
  59.   Bring It on Home
  60.   I Call the Tune
  61.   Bottom Line
  62.   When You Come Down My Way
  63.   When We Were Innocent
  64.   Guardian Angel
  65.   Lonely All the Time
  66.   Throw and Go
  67.   Your Place or Mine
  68.   Plastic
  69.   Revelations
  70.   Just Add Moonlight
  71.   Angel Like You
  72.   10,000 Towns
  73.   Life at Best
  74.   The Fight
  75.   How Should I Know
  76.   Home
  77.   I'm in Love
  78.   We Could Be Forever
  79.   Down on Padre
  80.   The Days I Feel Alone
  81.   God Love the Rain
  82.   Gimme Three Steps
  83.   A Heart Needs a Break

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