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Eli Young Band Still Starstruck at ACM Awards

Eli Young Band photo courtesy of HBPR.

Eli Young Band is heading to Vegas for the ACM Awards on Sunday with three nominations under their belt. They’re up for Vocal Group of the Year, as well as Single Record and Song of the Year for their hit “Crazy Girl.” Even though they’re well-represented on the nominee list, they still have trouble believing they belong.

“I think we still definitely feel like outsiders a bit too when we’re there,” Chris Thompson said. “I mean, you’re sitting next to the top country music performers and entertainers and we’re still always kind of in awe and looking around saying ‘look who’s over there and look who we’re sitting next to.’”

Besides enjoying the ACMs, they’re also looking forward to hitting up a few casinos while in town. “You know, roulette and blackjack, you’ll find us spread out around the casino but I think we’ve been pretty smart in the past about when we are there,” Mike Eli said. “When one of us wins, we’ve been pretty good at walking away.”

But that doesn’t mean they’ve always been so good at walking away. “It was one of our first times,” Jon Jones recalled. “We were there for three or four days, and I came home and I thought I lost a couple hundred bucks, but I got home and opened a pocket full of ATM receipts and was like ‘Oh my goodness, really?’”

Tune in to the ACM Awards on Sunday, April 1 at 8/7c on CBS to see if Eli Young Band takes home a trophy. And before the show, watch all the LIVE action from the red carpet on GAC at 7/6c!

In other news, EYB’s Mike Eli and his wife, Kacey, told People magazine they’re expecting their first child, a girl, due August 2. Congrats, Mike & Kacey!

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