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Watch Eli Young Band Say a ‘Prayer for the Road’ in New Video

Clip pays tribute to first responders who risk their own lives to save others

Eli Young Band turn up the emotion with a powerful new video released this week. 

While the Texas quartet are readying their new single “Turn It Up,” due March 10th, they’re also giving fans a special bonus from their current record, 10,000 Towns, in the form of a touching video for one of the LP’s most poignant tracks, “Prayer for the Road.” (Watch the video above.)

“All four of us are on ‘Prayer for the Road,’” says lead singer Mike Eli, who wrote the song with his bandmates —  James Young, Jon Jones and Chris Thompson — along with co-writers Billy Montana and Kyle Jacobs, who helped pen “More Than a Memory” for Garth Brooks. “We’ve never had a song on a record where all four of us were songwriters until this album.”

While the song itself tells the story of a note found in a suitcase, the storyline of the video was inspired by first responders, firefighters, police and military service members. As the clip begins, a firefighter, covered in soot, is startled awake on the floor of a home that presumably has been destroyed by fire. Surprised to see him, his wife runs from the room. The scenes that follow show him watching events of his life unfold as he proposes to his girlfriend and marries her. After a couple of sweet scenes with the couple and their daughter, the firefighter is once again seen on the floor of the home with his wife crouching over him. The clip closes with a moving, fairly ambiguous ending that’s open to interpretation. 

Eli Young Band’s 10,000 Towns, which reached Number One on the country albums charts, garnered two singles, the chart-topping “Drunk Last Night” and the Top 15 hit “Dust.” They’ll play a series of shows in the Northeast next week, beginning February 12th.

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