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Eli Young Band Explains How They Got Their Name

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Eli Young Band photo by Jeremy Cowart.

When people hear the Eli Young Band for the first time, they probably wonder which of the four is Eli. None of them, however, are ‘Eli.’ Members Mike, Jon, Chris and James met and began performing together when they were in college and the name more or less created itself.

“At the time everybody called James ‘Young James’ because he’s James Young and everybody called [Mike] Eli, so everybody was saying let’s go out and see Eli and Young play tonight, so that’s really where the name comes from,” Jon explained.

The decision to keep the name wasn’t that they were just too lazy to change it. It just happened to stick. “It really wasn’t laziness,” Jon said. “It just organically kind of formed into the Eli and Young Band, and then we dropped the ‘and’ and now it’s just a pile of confusion for everybody.”

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