few years ago, when CMT and GAC got a hold of the
band’s video single “When It Rains,” fans became
interested and began flocking to the band’s shows
each night. Therefore, before they even signed a
deal with a major record label, Eli Young Band had a
song that spent more than thirty weeks on the
Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart. They had
released a record with Carnival Records after
opening for Miranda Lambert. She asked the band to
open for her, with the idea already in mind of
having Frank Liddell come to the show early to catch
their performance. He loved them, created Carnival
Records, and the rest is history.
Young Band released Jet Black & Jealous, an
astounding debut album with Universal South/Republic
Records, toward the end of 2008. The album was
produced by Mike Wrucke and Frank Liddell; eight of
the twelve tracks were penned by songwriters Mike Eli and
James Young, the band’s vocalist and guitarist.
and Young began as a duo in Texas before the four
band members came together, debuting in October of
2000, to create the distinct sound they have today.
four members of the Eli Young Band, created a theme
for their music. “It might be raining today, but it
might be sunny tomorrow, so it’s worth sticking
around for,” said bass player, Joe Jones.
wanted to have an album,” Thompson says, “that
really sounds like what we’re doing every night out
on the road without being a ‘live’ album.”
favorite part about this album is the easy-going
melodies that are so trouble-free and enjoyable to
listen to repeatedly.
“Guinevere” describes a
woman who is emotionally distraught, yet is always
looking, full-force, into the future. “Famous,”
works hard for love while the title track “Jet Black
& Jealous” is as unique as the others, with a touch
of harmonica throughout parts of the track.
It Rains,” the song that initially caught the
attention of CMT and GAC, is a cleverly written song
that portrays an interesting image.
Melodically, “Radio Waves” and “Always
Songs” are my favorite songs on the album, but there
is not one song of the twelve that does not deserve
a good review.
Universal South/Republic Records debut from the Eli
Young Band is powerful and unique. Eli has a strong
voice that is unlike any other band in the country
music industry. Even though these guys began their
band over eight years ago, they have tall ladder to
climb, and I can’t wait to hear more.