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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

    Country Love

    Country Love
    1 song

    Country Party

    Country Party
    1 song

    Top Country

    Top Country
    3 songs


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

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