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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

    New Country First

    New Country First
    3 songs

    Country Love

    Country Love
    1 song

    Country Party

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

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