It’s been more than two years since the Eli Young Band has released a new album, but now the wait is over. The band announced this morning (Jan. 7) that it will release its next album, 10,000 Towns, on March 4.
The four bandmembers (Jon Jones, Mike Eli, James Young, and Chris Thompson) wrote half the tracks and coproduced the 11-song album with Justin Niebank and Frank Liddell (see cover image and a full track list on Radio.com).
“To still be making music and going through the craziness of life together is something we’d only dreamed of when we met back in college,” lead singer Mike Eli said in a press statement. “This album shows another chapter in our lives as a band, as husbands, as fathers and as individuals that we’re really excited to share with our amazing fans.”
The “craziness of life” Eli speaks of has had many high points lately for the bandmates, who’ve been working together for well more than a decade and released their first album in 2002. Those high points include a strong pair of No. 1 hits (“Crazy Girl,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”), an ACM Song of the Year win in 2012 and, on a more personal notes, new babies for Eli as well as bassist Jon Jones.
Fans already have gotten a taste of of what’s in store, in the form of the group’s latest single, “Drunk Last Night,” which was first released last summer and is currently high on the country singles charts. “Drunk Last Night” was written by Josh Osborne and Laura Veltz and has already been certified gold.
In addition to the standard 11-song release of 10,000 Towns, Walmart will sell an expanded release that features three additional tracks: “Traces” (Mike Eli, Chris Thompson, Jon Jones, James Young, Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs); “June, July, August” (Jason Saenz, Jen Schott) and “The Moon’s On Fire” (Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton, Al Anderson).