Eli Young Band:
The Eli Young Band is country-rock's latest crave. With four Top 40 singles to their credit and years of touring under their belts; the Eli Young Band is hoping that 2011 will be their year. Currently on the road supporting their latest album, The Eli Young Band tour dates are scheduled periodically throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the Eli Young Band concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Eli Young Band tour dates and venue information.
James Young and Mike Eli formed an acoustic duo while attending the University of North Texas in 2001. Since then they added Jon Jones and Chris Thompson to form the Eli Young Band. In 2005, they released their debut album, Level, and opened tour dates for Miranda Lambert. The band continued to tour throughout the decade and performances were scheduled at several events including the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Eli Young Band found success with their third album, Jet Black & Jealous, which was released in 2008. The album featured three hit singles including "Always the Love Songs" and they were nominated for the ACM Award for Top New Vocal Group.
In 2011, the Eli Young band released the single "Crazy Girl" to country radio. An immediate hit, it has already been certified Gold and the band has been on the road promoting their latest album, Life At Best, which is slated to hit stores in August, 2011. Stay on top of the Eli Young Band concert schedule (2011) by using Eventful as your concert calendar.
Soaring toward the top of the Texas Music Scene, award winner Roger Creager has exhibited the perserverance and stick-with-it quality that is necessary when blazing one's own trail in country music.
By the time he was six years old Creager had set his heart on creating country music. Young Creager would sing at the top of his lungs when by himself, and was often found acting like a conductor throughout his school years. He began his formal musical training while in second grade, playing the piano, and picked up the guitar during high school. During his teens he continued singing, mostly to himself due to shyness, and played with songwriting but didn't share his efforts with others.
Still too shy to attack a musical career, Creager headed for college and earned his business degree from Sam Houston State University. From there he headed toward Aggieland and earned his degree in agriculture. Aggieland throbbed with the heartbeat of Texas Country Music, and Creager thrived there. His songwriting and singing were maturing, as was his confidence. He was 26 when he began performing for audiences Yet, when it came to a career, Creager aimed at the security of a steady paycheck and headed for corporate America. He worked as an accountant in Houston, TX for several years. Then the longing to fulfill his inner goals took hold and he went back to College Station, TX, rather than Nashville, immersing himself in the Texas Music Revolution full time.
His first year there, Creager played piano in a local band, and then formed a cover band with Justin Pollard (who went on to play drums with Pat Green. It was slow going for their band, and after Pollard left to join Green, Creager decided to surge ahead and mold his own future.
Merging his musical talent with his business background, Creager also successfully created his own publishing company, No Cable Music, for releasing his own CDs. His traditional country music had a distinctive twist that resonated with the crowds, and he was named Entertainer of theYear at the 2001 Texas Music Awards.Having Fun All Wrong (featuring "Everclear", the anthem for Texas Country Music) andI Got the Guns both came out in 2002. An immediate success, I Got the Guns debuted on the Lone Star Music Charts at ..1, reflecting Creager's ability to stir emotions across the genres.
Creager's third CD, Long Way to Mexico, was released in September, 2003, and mixes the rhythms of country with Cajun Jazz and Latin beats. He co-wrote some of the songs with Radney Foste, a top country music songwriter. His goal was to have the album generate a swirling range of emotions in the listeners. This quality is becoming a trademark for Creager.
Creager, a strong believer in setting goals, big goals, for himself, also believes in constantly monitoring and rearranging those goals. He pours love, enthusiasm, hard work and long hours into all aspects of his musical business, with his main goal being to keep on doing exactly what he's doing right now. He's living his dream -- soaring to the top of the Texas Music Scene. ~ Eleanor Ditzel, All Music Guide
It's more than a little instructive to take a look at the faces of the crowd that showed up to watch Reckless Kelly record their first full-on concert album and DVD at La Zona Rosa in their hometown of Austin, Texas...The Lone Star audience is a crossover sampling of head-bang rockers, boot-scooting cowboys (and cowboy wannabes), cooler-than-thou college kids and lifelong club-hoppers in Austin's world-famous live music scene. And, oh, yeah, pretty girls. Lots of pretty girls. It was, in other words, a perfect audience for a band that has made a lucrative and long-lasting career out of mixing rock, country, folk and Americana into a potent, high-octane package which can only be properly experienced live and onstage. And that, precisely, is the guiding principle behind Reckless Kelly's new CD/DVD release on Sugar Hill, Reckless Kelly Was Here. The idea was not only to chronicle the band's incendiary live show, but also to summarize and celebrate the band's first decade of music making. Recorded on March 31, 2006 in Austin, the DVD was directed by award-winning video director Peter Zavadil (an Austin resident who worked with the band on a previous music video, Stick Around, as well as numerous hit videos for others) and mixed by the Grammy award-winning Elliot Scheiner, who started under the tutelage of Phil Ramone and went on to work with Sting, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and many others. The two-CD concert set expands on the DVD set list by including Reckless' careening, jam-band take on the Beatles' "Revolution," as well as bonus studio versions of a couple of brand-new RK songs, the plaintive "Break My Heart Tonight" and the tongue-in-cheek rocker "Wiggles and Rit." Ten years together is a milestone for any band, let alone one that tours and plays with the burn-down-the-house intensity of Reckless Kelly, a fact not lost on the band. "Oh, yeah!" says Cody Braun with a mock groan. "Some days it feels like 20 years, some days it feels like two. Looking back at everything we've crammed into the last ten years has been amazing." With lead singer and songwriter Willy Braun and brother Cody Braun, who swaps between fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and vocals, Reckless Kelly is rounded out with lead guitarist David Abeyta, bassist Jimmy McFeeley and drummer Jay Nazz. "I feel like this (project) really puts the period at the end of ten years," said David Abeyta. "This will let us retain a lot of the stuff that people love about Reckless Kelly, but will also enable us to move on. "We've produced quite a few records, but never anything of this scope. It was a big bear to wrestle, and at times it was a little overwhelming-we won't do another one for another ten years! But I learned so much and I got to work with some great people I'd always wanted to work with. We put our wish list together and we kind of got it." Reckless Kelly Was Here is a kaleidoscopic blend of rock and country that melds crowd-pleasing RK originals like "Motel Cowboy Show," "I Still Do" and "Nobodys Girl" with a piquant mix of covers that includes songs by Richard Thompson ("1952 Vincent Black Lightning"), the Texas Tornados ("Guacamole"), the Beatles ("Revolution") and Alejandro Escovedo ("Castanets"). From the sledgehammer opening of "Sixgun" to the tipsy Celtic reel of "Seven Nights in Erie" to the lonesome vocal of "Baby's Gone Blues," it's clear that the evening captured a performance that captured the band at the top of their game. Watching their performance on film for the first time was a revelation to Cody Braun in that he could see where the Braun siblings early influences colluded with what they discovered musically in Austin with their new bandmates. "We started out as a country band trying to be a little edgier with the rock 'n' roll stuff, like Son Volt and Billy Joe Shaver's Unshaven album. That was the direction we wanted to go, and we did, and we've almost gotten beyond that point now, where we have to rein it in to keep some of the country in there. "It's been fun, because I grew up playing a lot of country and western music, Bob Wills and Gene Autry, a bunch of the old, old Western stuff. So when we started this band, I started listening to rock 'n' roll for the first time. My last ten years has been being introduced to the rock 'n' roll side. "Musically right now, we're sitting at a place where we really want to try to build on the songs and set the bar a little bit higher with every record." David Abeyta adds, "On this live record there's songs like 'Hey Say May' and things that people associate with the fun, party side of the band, but you've also got songs like 'Break My Heart Tonight' that are a little darker, with a more somber theme. That sort of sums up Reckless Kelly in a way, from the material standpoint-from 'Break My Heart Tonight' to 'Wiggles and Rit,' which is party/eff-you-if-you-don't-get-it side of Reckless Kelly. "I think what draws people in is that there's more to discover as you go. That's what I felt before I joined the band. I was with the band six and a half years, and I was a fan before I got involved." *** Reckless Kelly is the 21st century culmination of a family tradition of music. Willy and Cody Braun grew up touring and playing with their father's band, Muzzie Braun and the Boys, all across the Big Sky country of Montana and Idaho. They opened for the likes of Merle Haggard, played the Grand Ole Opry and even appeared twice on The Tonight Show in the Johnny Carson Era. Family friends like singer-songwriter Chris Wall (who would later introduce the boys around Austin release their first record "Millican") and Pinto Bennett (whose band, The Famous Motel Cowboys, would prove a huge influence) watched Willy and Cody learn about life from a rolling motor home as their love for music and performing blossomed. Forming their own band, the Prairie Mutts, the boys wound up in Bend, Oregon in 1996, in the fading twilight of the grunge era. Their effervescent take on rock and country made them a poor fit for the local scene. Austin, where they arrived in 1996 (now billing themselves as Reckless Kelly) proved far more compatible. From playing Monday night pass-the-hat acoustic gigs on the downtown Sixth St. entertainment strip to being named Best Roots-Rock Band six years running in the prestigious Austin Chronicle Reader's Poll, the band grew to be one of the most popular attractions in a city bristling with top-shelf bands and musicians. Joe Ely, who should know, lauded Reckless Kelly as "...my kind of band: Hell-raising, hard-playing, kick-a songwriting, feet firmly in the present, but with an amazing knowledge of where it has all come from. What else is there?" Reckless Kelly Was Here is the band's sixth album, following on the heels of Millican (1997), Acoustic: Live At Stubb's and The Day (2000), Under the Table and Above the Sun (2003) and Wicked Twisted Road (2005). In that time, the band has opened shows for Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, Robert Earl Keen and a host of others. They have also headlined at showcase venues across the country and recorded with Steve Earle and Joe Ely for critically acclaimed tribute records. "It's kind of bizarre to be where we're at right now and look around and say, gosh, this is everything we ever wanted to do!" marvels Cody Braun. "Is this for real?" It's a long way from the very first Reckless Kelly show which, as Willy recalls, took place at a county fair in Yreka, CA a decade ago. "The Prairie Mutts had broken up, but we still had these gigs on the books and our manager at the time said, well, if you wanna play 'em you can play 'em," Willy said. "So our first gig as Reckless Kelly was either at the Yreka County Fair or a tiny, tiny bar in Millican, Oregon for about two people. At the fair, we played on a stage outside the rodeo grounds, and we had a bunch of hippie kids down front and then a busload of kids from Georgia showed up. So they were over there doing their thing, stage-diving and moshing, and the hippie kids were doing the hippie shuffle. And then the rodeo let out and we had cowboys swing dancing and line dancing on either side of the hippies and the moshing Georgia kids! It was bizarre, wild...but we were on our way to Texas, and we thought, this is gonna be all right!" Ten years later, it still is.