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Turn It On Brings New Sound from Eli Young Band

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Courtesy: Republic Nashville

After only releasing two singles from their last studio album, 10,000 Towns, Eli Young Band has released of Turn It On. The four song EP includes the title track as well as “Plastic,” “Your Place or Mine” and “Drink You Up.”

The title track and “Drink You Up” best capture what the group is trying to do with these releases. Straying from their trademark Eagles, southern and soft rock sound, both of these break new ground with a bro-country feel. They are repetitive, up-tempo, and lack the depth of many of the songs that made them so popular in the past. “Drink You Up’ is especially unique as it utilizes a modern drum beat and cliche lyrics.

“Your Place or Mine” and “Plastic,” are slightly more traditional but still different. “Plastic” could be a Florida Georgia Line cut with its easy-going beat and Joey Moi produced-esque guitar sounds. “Your Place or Mine” is probably the best and most familiar sounding song on the album. In a Rolling Stone interview, lead singer Mike Eli described the track as a prequel to their last no. 1 song, “Drunk Last Night.”

The success of the EP and its singles will determine where the group takes their careers from this point. None of the songs are bad per se, just extremely different and a drastic change from what we’ve heard in the past. If done in gradual steps this transition from 80s rock country to bro-country could have been seamless, but this sudden shift might be too much too fast. Every artist knows that they need to push boundaries and get lucky to hit the peak of stardom and avoid a career plateau, but these new songs are so out-of-character that it comes off as desperate. Although a single or two off of this EP will probably climb inside the top 15, it is hard to see it doing much more. Although different from their old sound, three of the four songs are too generic, in terms of the genre as a whole,  to gain any real traction for a group trying to hit the next level of success.


What’s New For March 10

This week is highlighted by Luke Bryan’s final spring break album Checkin’ Out. Additionally, Eli Young Band has new music out this week with their new EP Turn It On. As for singles we’re listening to what will be Raelynn’s next radio single “For a Boy” and the title track off Montgomery Gentry’s forthcoming album “Folks Like Us.”

As for radio singles, there were a number of big names with adds this week. Eric Church’s new single “Like a Wrecking Ball” impacted radio this week along with Trisha Yearwood’s “I Will Remember You.” The title track off Eli Young Band’s new EP has been added to national country radio and the same can be said for the aforementioned Montgomery Gentry single “Folks Like Us.” This week also marks the additional of Logan Mize’s debut single “Can’t Get Away From a Good Time” and Ashley Monroe’s “On To Something Good.”

Country in the Northeast

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and if you’re girl is a country fan there’s plenty of shows to take her to. Tonight, Sam Hunt brings his Lipstick Graffiti Tour to House of Blues Boston with special guest Native Run. It’s Hunt’s first time performing in the region as a headliner and Native Run’s second trip as an opener. Hunt and his team will travel north to Burlington, Vermont Friday night when they visit Higher Ground. Both shows are sold out, but some tickets are still available on StubHub. If you’re not in the market to spend a lot of cash or any cash on entertainment, we’ve got you covered. Eli Young Band will perform a free show at Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den on Friday night and Eric Paslay will do the same Saturday evening. Both of these shows are 21+.


Eli Young Band Finds Depth in “Prayer for the Road”

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Courtesy: Republic Nashville

In a time where hip hop and R&B influences are becoming more and more prevalent, Eli Young Band’s “Prayer for the Road” provides the slow-paced, pseudo-gospel music that country is lacking. Continue reading Eli Young Band Finds Depth in “Prayer for the Road”