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Interview:
Eli Young Band finds the ties that bind
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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It's been 15 years since the Eli Young Band formed while its members were studying music at the University of North Texas in Denton.

And after five albums, a pair of EPs and four Top 20 country hits, it's not surprising to hear singer-guitarist Mike Eli describe the passage of time as a blur.

"Did it go by fast? Yes. But it feels like yesterday at times, too," Eli, 34, says by phone from a tour stop in Orlando, Fla. "As we get older time does go a little faster then it used to. Sometimes we'll see a picture of us from back at the beginning or something and it doesn't seem the same four dudes. It's pretty funny to look at. We've pretty much grown up with each other, so it's quite a trip."

And, Eli adds, there's also pride that the same four guys who started the band are still together now.

"The fact that we've made it this far, we're proud of that," he says. "E actually like each other. We believe in each other. We consider ourselves friends and family. I think we've always tried to put our friendship and put each other above everything else as far as priority."

That certainly hasn't hurt the EYB. Its three major label albums have all been Top 5 on the Country charts, with 2014's "10,000 Towns" debuting at No. 1 (and a career-high No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart). The EYB is simultaneously winding down the campaign for that effort and starting to look towards its sixth album, which it previewed with four songs on the "Turn It On" EP released in March and will be out during 2016 once the quartet records some additional material during January with producers Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover in Nahville.

It sounds more like (2011's) 'Life At Best' and stuff that's real raunchy and rocky on '10,000 Towns," the stuff that seems like us 100 percent," Eli says. "We've kind of took a stand a little bit, really; we just want to make some music and don't have that (records company) guy over your shoulder constantly analyzing what you're doing. Let us make it and then figure out if we have the right songs together.

"That's how we're making this one, and we're happy with what we're getting so far."

The Eli Young Band, LoCash and Luke Combs

Friday, Dec. 4. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $30 and $20.

Call 313-961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com.




Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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