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

Albums by Eli Young Band