With three No. 1 hits under their belt as well as a Grammy nomination and an Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year for their hit “Crazy Girl,” the Eli Young Band approached their second Republic Nashville album, 10,000 Towns, with a sense of confidence and purpose. “We were genuinely excited about making this new record,” says bassist Jon Jones. “People talk about the sophomore record being really tough to make and in a lot of ways this felt like our sophomore record even though it’s technically our fifth record as a band.”
“We learned over the progression of those records our strong points in the studio, and we were confident,” adds drummer Chris Thompson, “We knew what we wanted and how to get what we wanted.” It’s been a long, steady rise for Jones, Thompson, lead vocalist Mike Eli and guitarist James Young, but the same four musicians have been together from the start and are now reaping the rewards. They began performing together in 2000 while attending North Texas State University, and honed their skills on the Lone Star state’s competitive music circuit by building a rabid fan base who appreciated their potent live shows and the edgy, passionate indie albums that preceded their major label ascension.
Jameson Rodgers is the Opener
Jameson Rodgers was born and raised in Batesville, MS. If you would have asked Jameson what he wanted to be when he was a kid, he would have told you a country singing baseball player. He had a serious passion for both. When he finished his baseball career at Northwest Mississippi Community College, he took a road that led to the University of Southern Mississippi. There, he developed a love for songwriting and performing at bars with a band named Silky Smooth. It wouldn’t take long before he moved to Nashville to pursue the dream even further. Some of his biggest influences are Travis Tritt and John Mellancamp. Be on the lookout for this Mississippi Native in the near future. [ less ]