Hudson Moore to serve as opening act

PHARR – Currently Eli Young Band has a single called Saltwater Gospel that was cowritten by Ross Copperman. When the band was in the studio working on their current album and when Copperman played it for them there was a connection lyrically.

Drummer Chris Thompson said they always wanted a beach song in their repertoire and with the religious undertones in Saltwater Gospel recording the song felt right.

The last time they tackled the religious undertones was about four albums ago.

“It's not really a strong theme in the band,” Thompson said. “It felt like the right time in our lives and our career (so) we went for it.”

This isn't the first time the band has teamed up with Copperman. They have been working together for the last two years, the previous release was an EP.

Recording on their new album wrapped up last February and the band has an early 2017 release date that is still up in the air.

While working on a new album and touring the band still has time to give back. Recently they played a show for troops in Germany. There was a contest through a partnership with Pizza Hut that asked which base could eat the most wings.

Thompson said the show was open to the public and took place Ramstein Air Force Base.

“Not only did we play for all the troops but also their families, people from the base and city,” he said. “It was a really cool thing and fun to bring the element of home back to the folks that have been stationed over there for years and have not had a chance to get back home in a long time.”

The Eli Young Band will be at the Boggus Ford Event Center Wednesday Dec. 28 and tickets for the event are on sale now at ticketmaster.com. 

Hudson Moore

Hudson Moore will serve as the opening act for the Eli Young Band.

Moore recently wrapped up a run of shows with Martina McBride on the Band Against Cancer's The Sarah Cannon Tour and donated 50 percent of his album sales to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for the length of the tour.

CMT recently premiered his music video for the single Some Are where each camera angle revealed Moore's musical dexterity. He played every instrument on the song.

Moore plays every instrument imaginable. Think Harry Connick/Hunter Hayes level of musicianship with an early Kieth Urban influence.