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

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