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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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Eli Young Band

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Albums by
Eli Young Band

Top Songs by
Eli Young Band

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