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

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