James Young has a moment to himself while getting ready for a show in Connecticut.
It’s been a long summer with plenty of miles on the road and performances for thousands of fans.
Yet it’s the quiet moments Young looks forward to.
“We’ve been burning up the interstate by playing all over,” he says in a recent interview. “It’s always crazy for us, though fall is around the corner and we begin to slow down during that time.”
Young is a member of the Eli Young Band. The country band is rounded out by Mike Eli, Jon Jones and Chris Thompson. The quartet will perform at the New Mexico State Fair on Thursday, Sept. 12.
The band recently released the single “Break It In.”
The track is produced by Dan Huff and written by Benjy Davis, Brandon Day, Daniel Ross and Michael Whitworth. It takes an introspective turn, reflecting on lessons in life and love that are learned only over time well-spent.
“This song means a lot to us,” Young says. “We’ve all got young kids, and we’re starting to throw the baseball around with them. The song is about life lessons, and it hit on so many levels.”
There was some pressure on the men in Eli Young Band when it went back to the studio.
The band had enjoyed the success of the single “Love Ain’t,” which hit No. 1 on various country charts and has amassed over 2.8 billion streams. “Break It In” has a different sound and feel.
“It’s been a while since we released a song like this,” he says. “At this point in time, the band is beginning to hit its stride again. It’s been an amazing journey for us.”
The journey for the Eli Young Band spans 20 years.
A lot has changed for the band during that time, but the goal in creating authentic music remains intact. The band is working on releasing more singles, with an album to follow later.
“We’ve been very blessed and done a lot of cool stuff,” he says. “It can be like a roller coaster. The awesome thing is that you have four dudes who can count on each other. We always talk about if we were a solo artist, how difficult it would be. We have each other’s back and are there to help get out of the not-so-great periods in life.”