Eli Young Band Explain 10,000 Towns

(Radio.com) If awards were given to bands for the number of miles traveled and days spent on the road, the Eli Young Band would be a strong contender to take that one home.

Since forming in Texas a dozen years ago, the four bandmates (Mike Eli, James Young, Jon Jones and Chris Thompson) have been on the road and back-and-forth across the country many times over. And while they may not have hit exactly the number of locales noted in the title of their most recent album, 10,000 Towns, chances are they're getting close.

Which is part of what intrigued them about the song "10,000 Towns" when they first heard it - and why it became the title of their album, which they released last month.

"As a band going out and playing every town that you can, you realize that no matter where you are, everybody's doing the same things to let loose," said Eli. So the song's "universal theme," as Young described it, really grabbed their attention.

Related: Eli Young Band Aimed for 'Fun' on 10,000 Towns

"It was a fun record to make," said Eli of 10,000 Towns, but after the success they had with "Crazy Girl" and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," he and his bandmates "also knew it was an important record for our career."

So far, so good, it seems. The band earned a No. 1 hit earlier this year with their single "Drunk Last Night," the album's first single. And on top of that they're up for Vocal Group of the Year at this Sunday's ACM Awards. more on this story

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