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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

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

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