Being the spouse of a musician comes with sacrifices, including being apart on days like Valentine’s Day. Luckily, the guys of Eli Young Band have some pretty understanding wives. James Young is the most recent band member to get married, tying the knot of February 4 — and Chris Thompson has only been married for about six months, but he has an idea why their marriages work.
“We married women who have been around us for quite a while and who really understand what we do and everything was really nothing new to them when they said yes,” Chris said. Bandmate Mike Eli, who has been married more than a year, agrees. “They have to be extremely understanding ladies to be able to be with us in the first place with as much as we travel and as much as they have to put up with,” he said.
A key to making all of their marriages work is to communicate. While that means a lot of long distance phone calls from the road, it also means breaking the news that the band will be gone on holidays.
“We’re gonna actually be out on the road on Valentine’s Day this year.” Mike said. ” I had to make sure that I let her know that a few times, a few months before so that we knew exactly how to plan. It takes planning and communication to make sure you stay on the good side.”
Eli Young Band will be heading north of the boarder this week when they join Dierks Bentley for the Canadian leg of his Country and Cold Cans Tour. They just released their latest single, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” to radio.