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Eli Young Band adds a little rock and roll to country flavor

Posted: Monday, Aug 26th, 2013

Eli Young Band

The Eli Young band will eagerly take to the South Dakota State Fair grandstand stage on Saturday, Aug. 31. The Texan-based group had major success with their song “Crazy Girl” and recently finished touring with Kenny Chesney, where they opened for the super star in front of huge audiences.

“It’s really been amazing to tour with Kenny Chesney,” said James Young in a phone interview. “The first show of the tour was in the Buccaneer Stadiums, which was nerve- wracking but really cool at the same time.”

Young plays lead guitar in the Eli Young Band, which is named after him and lead vocalist Mike Eli. Jon Jones plays bass while Chris Thompson completes the group as drummer. The band started out building a solid fan base in Texas where they played rock-influenced country music almost 250 days in one year.

“We were able to learn to play live, and slowly but surely, made a fan base,” said Young.

“We are a little ‘rockier’ than country artists today. Country has really changed since we started and is more ‘Americana.’”

The band has even played with the Dave Matthews Band, a highly successful jam band, adding further proof that the Eli Young Band is not your average, run-of-the-mill country group.

“We did three shows with Dave, it was a long time ago but a great experience,” said Young. It was the phone call inviting the band to go on tour with Kenny Chesney that is one of the most memorable moments for Young and the band. After touring with Kenny Chesney the band is excited to play a full show for state fairgoers.

“It’ll be exciting for us to do our own set because most of the summer we’ve only been the opener,” said Young. “It will be a lot of fun to actually do our own thing for a full show,” said Young. “We’re about three songs away from finishing a new record, which we haven’t done in almost two years,” said Young.

Fans will be treated to fresh, new music performed by excited and energized musicians, who are fans themselves of fairs such as this one.

“People just come out to have fun and there is that smell of fried food in the air, it is an all around good time,” said Young. “We’re looking forward to it and we’ll see you there.”

For the complete article see the 08-25-2013 issue.

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