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Eli Young Band Debut Fresh New Sound with Turn It On


Eli Young Band is ready to “Turn It Up” with a fresh new sound on their brand new single impacting radio today!  The infectious “Turn It On,” has an up-tempo, monster hook that instantly grabs you and sinks into your head after just one listen.   The band debuted the song for country radio at this year’s Country Radio Seminars (CRS) in Nashville last month.

The band explained to CMTT the decision to release “Turn It On” as the bands next single was left up to their label but the band was happy with the choice,

“When it comes to singles we always have our opinions,  but we aren’t the kind of band to put songs on our records that we don’t love.” Mike explained.   “We don’t want to turn into that band where we have to play a show full of songs that we really don’t love, but when it comes down to the singles, we kind of leave that up to the people who probably know better than us.”

The Turn it Up EP  will be available for fans tomorrow, March 10. With a trio of platinum and multi-platinum #1 hits like “Drunk Last Night,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and “Crazy Girl” under their belts, EYB went into the studio to record four songs, co-written by members of the band, with producers Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover. Thrilled with the evolution of the band’s sound, their label Republic Nashville is releasing the complete collection immediately, fast tracking the single and EP.

Turn it Up EP is the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed album 10,000 TOWNS. The album made its debut at #1 on the Billboard Country Album Chart and earned EYB multiple Grammy, CMA, ACM, CMT, ACA and Billboard award nominations.

With Turn it Up EP, EYB continues to evolve in a fresh and exciting ways. The new music highlights clever lyrics and beat-laden grooves from the band of brothers.

1. “Turn It On” (Mike Eli, James Young, Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem)
2. “Plastic” (Mike Eli, Ashley Gorley, Ross Copperman, Jeremy Stover)
3. “Your Place Or Mine” (Mike Eli, Jon Jones, Ross Copperman, Jeremy Stover)
4. “Drink You Up” (Mike Eli, Jon Jones, Ross Copperman, Jeremy Stover)

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Take a listen to “Turn it Up” below and make sure to watch our entire interview with the band above or here.  Make sure to watch until the end where the guys play “Who Is” with us!

Turn It Up is available on iTunes NOW!  CLICK HERE to get your copy NOW!

Restless Heart Offers Advice to Upcoming Artists


Hit country band Restless Heart got its start more than 30 years ago and is not only still together, but back on the road performing this year. Not many artists are able to sustain that longevity, and lead singer Larry Stewart has some advice for new artists hoping to have similar success.

He was recently featured at a Nashville songwriters’ night, hosted by upcoming country trio Brassfield Aly. Larry performed hits like “That Rock Won’t Roll,” “When She Cries,” and had Brassfield Aly join him to perform “Bluest Eyes in Texas.”

New artists like Brassfield Aly are coming into a music industry that is vastly different than it was when Restless Heart got their start. Larry was a student at Belmont University when he met his bandmates, and during the course of a year, the band was able to land a record deal and release their first single. Artists today don’t typically have that fast-track to success.

“It’s a different day and time now than when we started, because things happened so much faster. Little Big Town stayed at it for so long… they’re the perfect example of believing in what you do and stick to it and don’t give up. They wrote the book on that.”

Even though it’s a different landscape today, Larry still encourages aspiring artists to continue to work at their craft and be persistent.

“If you feel like you have talent and feel good about the people around you that believe in you like you believe in yourself… you just gotta stick with it. And it’s hard. I would never want to discourage, but it’s just a grind.”

Restless Heart will be touring throughout 2015, including some shows with fellow hit country band Diamond Rio. To see their full schedule of shows, visit


5 Quick New Year’s Questions with Meghan Linsey and Ray Scott


CMTT caught up with Meghan Linsey and Ray Scott at the American Country Countdown Awards earlier this month and they answered our 5 Quick New Year’s Questions.  Check it out!

Lucy Hale Talks Country Music, Sports and More with CMTT

Last month, Country Music Tattle Tale caught up with Lucy Hale at a private show hosted by NASH FM 94.7 in their NYC studios. Hale played an acoustic set for NASH FM’s winning listeners. Songs included Hale’s debut single, “You Sound Good to Me,” and current single, “Lie a Little Better.” Watch the video above to see our exclusive interview, and what Hale had to say about NYC, sports, and country music.

Check out Lucy’s video for “Lie a Little Better” here.


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