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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Another popular country band headed to Dodge City

  • What does Dodge City have in common with New Orleans, Dallas, Philadelphia and Seattle?
    They're all stops on this year's tour for the Eli Young Band, along with about 25 other towns.
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  • What does Dodge City have in common with New Orleans, Dallas, Philadelphia and Seattle?
    They're all stops on this year's tour for the Eli Young Band, along with about 25 other towns.
    The Eli Young Band is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the United Wireless Arena.
    The Globe spoke with Chris Thompson, the band's drummer, by phone early Friday morning.
    The band was at the Nashville airport, waiting to fly home after several days in the recording studio.
    "We're working on our next album," Thompson said.
    The band is evolving their recording style and working with a new producer, Justin Neibank.
    "We're focusing on getting the sound of the four of us on the record," Thompson said. "Maybe with an organ or some acoustic guitar thrown in."
    The band is trying to capture those moments that happen in every show.
    "Basically, we're trying to sound like us," Thompson said.
    The band has an impressive list of previous albums and awards. Their hit, "Crazy Girl," earned them their first platinum record and sold over 1.5 million downloads.
    The band's first album captured the live experience of their concerts. Their next effort focused more on getting a great studio sound.
    "Now we're trying to combine the energy from the concerts with the different approach you take in the studio," Thompson said. "We've spent the past two years writing songs for this new album."
    All four members of the band, who have been playing together since they met in college in Texas, are songwriters and contribute to the process.
    "Our producer will send us great songs by outside writers. Then we pick a few songs to start on and we just talk about tempos and moods and then start jammin' — we're a band, that's what we do," Thompson said.
    The jam sessions are taped and the band listens, analyzes and chooses the things that are working.
    "We like to explore each song," Thompson said.
    The band has blocked the whole month of January to be back in the studio and they expect the new album to be released this summer.
    On a roll
    The band came off of a tour with Rascal Flatts at the end of October.
    "We had a couple of great sold out shows up in the northeast," Thompson said.
    Their performance at Terminal 5 in New York City was sold out and well-received.
    "You don't think of New York as a country town — there's no country station there — but we sold out and the crowd was singing back to us — it was great," Thompson said.
    But an even bigger thrill was waiting for the band this week.
    Page 2 of 2 - "We had just finished our first day of rehearsing in the studio. We had a great day and we were feeling good. The studio is kind of isolated and they have cabins you can stay in — it's a great place to get a lot of work done. Then we got an E-mail from our label telling us we'd gotten two GRAMMY award nominations. It was unusual that we'd all be in the same place to get the news. That made it extra special," Thompson said.
    The band was nominated for Best Country Duo/Group performance for "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," and the song, by Will Hoge and Eric Paslay, was nominated for Best Country Song.
    The GRAMMY awards will air on Feb. 10.
    Meanwhile, the Eli Young Band will be playing at a town near you.
    Tickets for the band's Dodge City concert range from $25 to $40 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or at the United Wireless Arena box office.

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