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Fame doesn't seem to have changed these Texas boys a bit, other than bringing their sound to a bigger audience. The Eli Young Band's journey is a classic American success story, from their grassroots beginnings as part of the Texas Red Dirt country-rock scene to their major-label signing and string of huge hits. 10,000 Towns is their first album since 2011's "Crazy Girl" single took them to a new level of renown, but even while grasping the proverbial brass ring, the band haven't let go of their initial vision. As tunes like "Drunk Last Night" (already a major hit in advance of the album release) and "Dust" continue to make clear, The Eli Young Band are as much about driving, Americana-tinged rock 'n' roll as they are about country music. The vibe defined by Mike Eli's voice and James Young's guitar could be the modern-day equivalent to the '70s/'80s "heartland rock" of Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, et al. But when the group touch down on the gentle, romantic "Angel Like You" or ride the sweeping, power-ballad dynamics of "What Does," it's obvious they're anything but monochromatic.

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All good things must come to an end

Once again we have seen a big label ruin a great band. I love red dirt but unfortunately Nashville has caught the sent of big dollars in texas and has started ruining previously great bands such as RRB and EYB…

Texas Country

They've done it again. Eli Young Band have once again found a way to make their music radio friendly without losing their Texas Country roots. A must have. A top contender for best album of the year!

Seeing the future?

I would advise anyone reading the reviews for this CD, that many, particularly the first few, were written BEFORE this album was released. I consider these to be "seminar" posts by "Big Nashville Label" haters that probably never were EYB fans to begin with. After all, how can you post an honest review of a work you have not heard? That being said, this isn't Level, or even JB&J, when it comes to the edge and scope of the music. Clearly, EYB has become more focused with the music they record, centering to a more consistent sound. This is part of maturing as a band, and a necessity, evil or not, to accomplish the goal of being nationally recognized artists. After a dozen spins, I believe this is a solid modern country work. There is enough variety in the style and themes of the songs to keep me interested, and anyone that claims EYB has started to "sound like everyone else in Nashville" clearly doesn't appreciate Mike Eli's wonderful and unique voice. I find only one throw-way tune on this CD..."Your Last Broken Heart"... sorry guys, the worst song you have recorded IMHO. I a weird way, I hope they wrote that one (haven't seen the credits yet), because if they didn't, whomever decided to include that one must have owed a favor to the songwriter. The only other surprise is to see that Dust in their next release. I think it is one of the weaker tunes. 10,000 Towns, or Lets Do Something Tonight would have been better choices IMO. Bottom line, another outstanding work from a band that continues to mature. 10,000 Towns will probably outsell their first three combined and even surpass LAB. And love Nashville, or hate 'em, that ultimately is the goal.


Formed: 2000 in Denton, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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