Fresh off an opening run on Toby Keith’s tour, Eli Young Band are poised to take over top billing on the road. The “Drunk Last Night” singers will kick off a winter tour, presented by Live Nation, on November 11th in Philadelphia, crossing the country with dates scheduled through February 20th.
“We’ve been on so many tours the last two or three years, it’s exciting to be able to continually play dates that we can play two-hour shows versus playing a 45-minute opening set,” bassist Jon Jones told Rolling Stone Country earlier this year. “We’re excited about getting down the road, doing the Eli Young Band thing.”
The group’s revolving door of tour openers will see Locash, Lanco, Blackjack Billy, Cam, Dallas Smith, Luke Combs and Kevin Fowler trading slots in select cities. There’s no word yet if Andy Grammer might also make a special appearance at a few shows. The pop singer recently recycled his huge hit, “Honey I’m Good” as a collaboration with Eli Young Band, with the new recording well on its way to being a country hit.
“We’re constantly trying to evolve, mainly because we’re musicians and we get bored really easily,” says lead singer Mike Eli of his group’s leap into pop territory.
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“And if feels like there have been quite a few songs that have crossed over the other way from country into pop,” adds Jones. “But very rarely do you find a song that feels like it’s gonna have a chance to flip the other way.”
Eli Young Band released a new EP in March with four songs originally meant for their next full-length album. The EP was a mid-project decision that came after record label executives heard the tunes and wanted to expedite their release. So, the group’s sixth studio LP is still in the works and will likely be out this winter.