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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.   Always the Love Songs
  9.   Turn It On
  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.   So Close Now
  18.   Level
  19.   Never Again
  20.   Drink You Up
  21.   Everything Is You
  22.   Radio Waves
  23.   Highways and Broken Hearts
  24.   Let's Do Something Tonight
  25.   Oklahoma Girl
  26.   Drive
  27.   Drive Away
  28.   That's the Way
  29.   The Days I Feel Alone
  30.   God Love the Rain
  31.   A Heart Needs a Break
  32.   Old Songs
  33.   Prayer for the Road
  34.   Just Add Moonlight
  35.   A Lot Like Love
  36.   Your Last Broken Heart
  37.   Angel Like You
  38.   War on a Desperate Man
  39.   Life at Best
  40.   The Fight
  41.   I Love You
  42.   Down on Padre
  43.   Back of My Mind
  44.   How Should I Know
  45.   Mystery in the Making
  46.   Jet Black and Jealous
  47.   Get in the Car and Drive
  48.   Famous
  49.   When We Were Innocent
  50.   When You Come Down My Way
  51.   How Quickly You Forget
  52.   The Falling
  53.   My Old Man's Son
  54.   Revelations
  55.   10,000 Towns
  56.   Girl in Red
  57.   Never Land
  58.   Your Place or Mine
  59.   On My Way
  60.   Skeletons
  61.   San Antone
  62.   We Could Be Forever
  63.   Know I Would
  64.   Lonely All the Time
  65.   Here's to You
  66.   Guardian Angel
  67.   Show You How to Love Again
  68.   Bottom Line
  69.   I Call the Tune
  70.   I'm in Love
  71.   Bring It on Home
  72.   Once
  73.   What Does
  74.   The Closer You Get
  75.   Wonderful Christmastime
  76.   Recover
  77.   Gimme Three Steps
  78.   Uncertain
  79.   Enough Is Enough
  80.   Throw and Go
  81.   Home
  82.   Plastic
  83.   I Still Think It's Me

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