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

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