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Fire destroys Eli Young Band bus

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 – Eli Young Band learned last night that one of their two buses was destroyed in a fire, but no one was hurt.

The band received a call from their long-time driver Randy Moore with news that one of their two busses, the band bus and trailer, were on fire. Parked just outside of Topeka, Kan., where Moore was planning to sleep for the night in route to the band's next show, the blaze broke out close to midnight. Moore was just about to fall asleep, when he heard an alarm that he had never heard before.

Moore went to the front to look out the window and realized that the bus was engulfed in flames. He escaped unharmed, and minutes later, the bus was a complete loss. Moore saved one guitar, but everything else in the bus and trailer was destroyed by the fire.

"We've lost more than a bus here. There are memories and possessions that we can't replace. It's really sad to see her go. We're just happy that our driver Randy is safe," said lead singer Mike Eli.

Bass player Jon Jones added, "We spent six great years living and traveling in our bus. It was gone in a matter of minutes. Thank goodness that everyone is safe. Our driver, Randy, was able to grab one guitar, but the rest is gone. This is a sad moment. So many great memories and things collected over the years that can't be replaced but we know how much worse it could have been."

Eli Young Band will resume its tour schedule this Friday in Mahnomen, Minn. with stops over the next few weeks in North Dakota, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Indiana prior to heading to the West Coast.

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With the release of "Turn It On," the Eli Young Band brings new music about girls, love, and...disco. Singer Mike Eli, who co-wrote all four songs, is in fine voice, solidifying the EYB sound. The title cut, written with co-founder James Young, with its strong beat and up-front vocals, is tailor-made for listening while driving fast. With its "driving" beat and sing-along chorus, speeding tickets may increase. "Plastic" is about appreciating a girl who is »»»
10,000 Towns CD review - 10,000 Towns
As an eight-time veteran of the Billboard Country Charts (including three number one singles), Eli Young Band sticks with a winning formula on its fifth release, "10,000 Towns." The 11 tracks are dominated by radio ready numbers with catchy melodies and big choruses. The title was inspired by the Dallas band's road travels, and the quartet has typically relied on outside songwriters. Will Hoge weighed in on two numbers here. However, all four EYB members contributed on this effort. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: McLean shows far more than two good songs – If you believe one overheard remark, that a Don McLean concert features only two good songs ("American Pie," "Vincent"), you would have missed a show that strongly contradicts such an assumption. McLean's performance offered an enjoyable mixture of career highlights and favorite oldies and is by no means a two-hit wonder.... »»»
Concert Review: Three years late(r), wait for Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon was worth it – The album, "Solstice," coming out this Friday from Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon, took "only" three years to be released by New West. The recording sessions were an outgrowth of a few friends getting together and recording music. Those friends would be folks like Birds of Chicago and Amy Helm (on the album,... »»»
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