#5 - How did they select the songs for their recent album- 10,000 Towns?
“We really wanted to record songs that are going to be fun to play live and fun for our fans watching the show. We were thinking about our live show and how these songs are going to translate on the set list. That was a priority in our minds too when we chose songs for this record. We’ve also learned to really follow our gut when it comes to songs and song choices. We’ve always had a good sense of what songs are going to work on the record and which ones aren’t.”
#4 - What are the guys really like?
Their “road dog” reputation helped them to earn an opening slot playing stadiums on the Kenny Chesney tour. All those miles on the road and visits to 10,000 towns coalesce to make their new album the band’s strongest effort yet. “At this point in our personal lives and in our career, we’re all in really good places,” Thompson says. “We’re all happy in our personal lives, so it shows on this record; it’s fun.”
#3 - What were some of the band’s early hits and break out songs?
With the 2011 release of their Republic Nashville debut, Life at Best, the Eli Young Band scored their first No. 1 hit with “Crazy Girl.” The double platinum single became the # 1 most played country song of the year on Billboard’s 2011 year end chart and earned them the ACM Award for Song of the Year. The band’s next single, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” became their second No. 1 and was certified platinum. It earned the band Grammy nods for Best Duo/Group Performance and for Best Country Song as well as Single of the Year and Song of the Year nominations from both the CMA and ACM.
#2 - Where did the album title “10,000 Towns” come from?
“There’s a general theme between small town America where every town is different, but in some ways, they are the same,” said James Young, guitarist. “We felt like the title encapsulated the best years of us driving all over the country playing music.” Vocalist Mike Eli agrees. “We’ve traveled all over the country and to other countries, but at the end of the day we all party the same way no matter what the culture or the town,” he says. “To us, ‘10,000 Towns’ is a great way to sum up this record in that way as well as who we are. Well, Eli Young Band- come on down and party with us in Las Cruces!
#1 - So you know there is no Eli Young, right?
This award winning band is made up of four musicians and friends who have been performing together since 2000 where they all attended North Texas State University. The band takes its name from former college roommates lead vocalist Mike Eli and guitarist James Young.
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