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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

    Top Country

    Top Country
    3 songs

    Country Party

    Country Party
    1 song

    Country Love

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

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