Sunday, 19 April, 2009 8:48 PM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: Eli
by Kristin Barlowe
Eli Young Band
2009 CMA Close Up News Service
Four guys meet at their
school - in this case, the University of North Texas in Denton.
They hit it off and decide to form a band. They hustle local shows,
tote their own gear and try to find time between their classes and
part-time jobs to work out original material.
This tale usually ends
shortly after it begins, with everyone scattering in different directions.
Not so with lead singer Mike Eli, bassist Jon Jones, drummer Chris
Thompson and guitarist James Young - The Eli Young Band. They tightened
and toughened their sound through long hauls on the road and late
sets in countless clubs along the way. Momentum built through a
couple of indie releases, opening slots and eventually their signing
to Universal Republic/Universal Records South.
Jet Black & Jealous,
produced by Mike Wrucke and Frank Liddell, emerges from this intersection
of talent and hard knocks. Band members wrote eight of its 12 tracks,
including the first single, "When It Rains," composed
by Young. Set at a groove-friendly medium tempo, elevated on the
choruses by a minor-to-major shift, it supports lyrics that reflect
the weathered optimism that comes from taking on life's challenges
while keeping the faith with your friends at your side
IN THEIR OWN
SONG YOU WISH YOU'D
"'Faithfully' by Journey or 'Don't Close Your Eyes' by Keith
MOMENT YOU'D LIKE
"We would like to go back to our first show and be a fly on
the wall. It would be so great to revisit the first time we shared
a stage together."
"The RBAR, a little college bar in Denton, Texas. We played
mostly covers and probably not very well. Our bar tab was definitely
more than we made at the door."
SHORT- AND LONG-TERM
"We never want to write the same song twice. That is our short-term
and long-term goal."
"Rodney Crowell, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon."
(ANSWERS PROVIDED COLLECTIVELY
BY THE ELI YOUNG BAND)
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