Eli Young Band coming to Texas Longhorn
They may not be too well known in the Southeast
Texas region, but the Eli Young Band has been gaining fans for years in other
parts of Texas. They spent years building a defining sound with the goal of
cutting a national album launch.
The band will be at the Texas Longhorn Entertainment Complex on Friday, Jan 21, after a session of indoor bull
riding, the band will take over.
Mike Eli, playing guitar and doing vocals. James
Young , guitar, Jon Jones, playing bass guitar, and Chris Thompson, drummer,
have spent those years hauling equipment and playing small Texas clubs while
working on the goal of a national album. The hard work paid off when in 2008
the album Jet Black & Jealous was released and made the Top 5 on the
Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
The year following the album launch was a year of
major milestones and firsts for the band. They made their late night debut with
a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live of their single “Always the Love Songs”. The
song would be their first Top 10 hit on country radio and would help them land
a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They made a debut on The Grand
Ole Opry, earned their first ACM nomination, CMT nomination, and gained a
performance spot at the CMT Awards.
Their national profile has expanded to include
places such as Atlanta, Chichago, Denver, Kansas City and number of other
places. In their home region they have sold 5,000 to 6,000 tickets headlining
in Houston, Austin, San Antoino, and 19,000 headlining a single show in the
They have opened for top stars like the Dave
Matthews Band, Allen Jackson, James Aldean, Pat Green, and most recently were offered
the opening spot on Gary Allen’s national Get Off The Pain Tour.
“We were young and 18 and just trying to make
music,” says Eli. “We just wanted to be popular in our hometown. Then once we
captured that, I thought, ‘I want us to be popular in DFW’—Dallas and Fort
Worth. Then once we did that I said, ‘Let’s take over Texas.’ The next thing
you know were saying, ‘Lets take over the South.’ Now it’s ‘Let’s take over the
Friday night, Jan 21, after a session of indoor bull
riding, the band will take over the Texas Longhorn Entertainment Complex.
The club will open at 8:00 p.m. The bulls will buck
at 9:30 followed by the concert at 11:00.
Tickets are $20 the day of the show with no presale.
If you would care to reserve a VIP table, you may call the Longhorn at
337-589-5647. It is a full night of entertainment for one ticket price.
Coming up on the Longhorn calendar are Roger Creager
on Friday, Feb 4, and Lee Brice, Friday, Feb 18. Friday, Feb 25 will be another
appearance by the legendary David Allen Coe.
To stay informed about events at the Texas Longhorn
Entertainment Complex, visit the website,www.thetexaslonghorn.com.
The complex is located at I-10 Exit 4, 2374 Hwy 109
S, Vinton, La.