By Annie Reuter
The Eli Young Band originally had no intention to release any new material this month. But the four members of the Texas-based group were recently in the studio working on music to follow up their 2014 release 10,000 Towns, and their label Republic Nashville immediately loved what they heard.
Now four of those brand-new songs are included on the group’s new EP Turn It On, which drops tomorrow (March 10).
“We felt like we were onto something as far as the next step as the Eli Young Band,” frontman Mike Eli tells Radio.com, sitting in his tour bus with his bandmates during a stop in Nashville, Tenn. for the 2015 Country Radio Seminar.
“We just recorded these songs in January, so it’s a fast turnaround,” Eli continued. “The label came in and heard what we were doing and really liked it and wanted to release the single and get it out as quick as possible. They really fast-tracked it, faster than anything we’ve ever done.”
We’re speaking on the Eli Young Band’s tour bus, which is parked outside Nashville honky tonk The Stage. Fittingly, current single and title track “Turn It On” was written on this very same bus by Eli, bandmate James Young and cowriters Rodney Clawson and Matt Dragstrem.
“I was actually sitting right here,” Eli says from the left window-seat booth on the bus. “It started off as this jangly Fleetwood Mac-sounding thing, and melodically it was somewhere vocally that I hadn’t gone before.” Eli calls the song “fun” and says that writing it on the bus helped give it that feel. “We knew it was going to be this fun tune to play live.”