Release date: March 2014
10,000 Towns is the fifth studio album by American country music group Eli Young Band, released on March 4, 2014 via Republic Nashville. The album includes the number one single "Drunk Last Night" and was co-produced by the band together with Frank Liddell and Justin Niebank.
In recording 10,000 Towns, the band gathered songs from Music Row's top writers, including Craig Wiseman, David Lee Murphy, Jon Randall and Will Hoge, and the band also penned half the songs on the album themselves. "It gets challenging when you're touring so much to sit down and actually try to write, but we spent a lot of time in 2013 just trying to write however we could," said James Young. "It was fun for us because the four of us all sat down and wrote for this record which was a great experience. All four of us are on 'Prayer For The Road,' 'Traces' and 'Revelations.' John and James were co-writers on 'Dust' while I was co-writer on 'Angel Like You.' 'What Does' was John, James and I and 'Last Broken Heart' was the same. We've never had a song on a record where all four of us were songwriters until this album.", said Mike Eli.
Speaking about the album's title, James Young said, "There's a general theme between small town America where every town is different, but in some ways, they are the same. We felt like the title encapsulated the best years of us driving all over the country playing music." Mike Eli continued, "We've traveled all over the country and to other countries, but at the end of the day we all party the same way no matter what the culture or the town. To us, '10,000 Towns' is a great way to sum up this record in that way as well as who we are. We love traveling around the country and seeing all that and being a band of road dogs."
Lead singer Mike Eli said of the album: "To still be making music and going through the craziness of life together is something we'd only dreamed of when we met back in college. This album shows another chapter in our lives as a band, as husbands, as fathers and as individuals that we're really excited to share with our amazing fans."