Crossing State Lines

With a new album, a wildly popular single, and sold-out shows all over America, the Eli Young Band is one of the state's few homegrown acts to transcend the Texas Country Scene.
Crossing State Lines
Photo by Jeremy Cowart

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,

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