The Eli Young Band: Growing Older, Getting Wiser, Doing It Together
The Eli Young Band have seen a lot of things happen since meeting each other in college some time ago: Number one hits, major label deals, career-defining album releases, marriage, fatherhood. Still, the main thing that matters is that they've hung in there all this time...together.
"We’re the same four dudes," singer Mike Eli asserts. "We’re just living different; we’re in different places in our lives."
Guitarist James Young agrees, explaining that the journey the band has taken has allowed them the unique ability to mature together, all the way up to their latest release, the highly anticipated "10,000 Towns," which hit the streets March 4. "We all grew up together, and I think we all grew up recording together too, from the first record to where we are now. This new record, it really feels more reflective and kinda looking back on the past, to where we are right now.
"We’re just in such a great place and we’re all very blessed with the success we’ve been given. I think that really comes across in our newer music."
The band certainly are no overnight success, having launched their career with a careful determination more than 10 years ago following graduation. Having all been through school together, the four friends made a joint decision to go ahead and continue the musical momentum they'd started in the Texas music scene.
As bassist Jon Jones explains: "Breaking up wasn’t an option. But when we were all about to graduate college ... that was the only time when it was like, 'Are we going to dedicate ourselves to go and do this, or is this the time to use our degrees we’ve worked so hard for? And we all made the decision together to follow this."
"We wonder how solo artists make it, especially in those early years" Young notes. "With us being a band, we’ve always had the four of us to kind of keep each other in check."
That decision served all four musicians very well, as their dedication to their shared vision pinnacled in 2008 with the defining release "Life at Best," a stellar set which spawned the two No. 1 hits "Crazy Girl" and "Even if it Breaks Your Heart."