As the Aug. 16 release of their fourth studio album approaches, life on the road for Texas’ Eli Young Band is predictably routine: long bus rides and early wake-up calls are quickly followed by phone interviews, sound checks, more interviews, dinners with country radio programmers, and meet-and-greets with fans. The pace can feel simultaneously dizzying and dull. But then there’s the sing-along. At each show, Mike Eli, the band’s lead singer, turns the microphone toward the crowd, which eagerly sings a chorus or three of “Crazy Girl,” the highest-charting and fastest-climbing single of the band’s career.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” Eli said. “When the crowd sings so loud you can’t hear yourself singing, it’s pretty powerful.”
In some way,