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Eli Locke is a California country boy who conjures up the spirit of Merle and Hank, and a sound that’s pure Strait and Jackson. He’s got that young buck swagger of an Easton Corbin, Chris Young or Jon Pardi. Eli’s a no-nonsense, no-frills kind of American musician – “an appealing mixture of traditional and contemporary country,” says the LA Times, with “an amiable sense of irony and a simple, direct use of language.” Eli’s not a flavor of the month, or a flash in the pan kind of artist – he may be a fresh young face, but he feels like the artists you grew up loving . That’s alright with him. As far as Eli is concerned - if country music ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
While Living in Los Angeles, Eli became a regular at Honkytonks and Night Clubs throughout California, as well as at festivals and fairs opening for acts such as Chase Rice, Kalie Shorr, Cody Johnson, Darryl Worley and many others. . Eli and his band put on a four-hour tour de force that’s equal parts line dance hits, classic country sing-a-longs and modern favorites that keep the boots on the dance floor, and the drinks pouring.
Since Moving to Nashville, Eli has performed at some of Nashville’s most notable clubs such as The Nashville Palace, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Honky tonk Central, and AJ's Goodtime Bar & Grill. At the same time, he's immersed himself in the vibrant songwriting scene, working with some of the cities best and brightest upcoming talent, and performing at writers rounds throughout the area.
Sure, country music is a tough racket – dive bars, long drives and late nights. But Eli wouldn’t have it any other way. "California once rivaled Texas and Tennessee as a home for country music," he says, "It's the birthplace of Merle Haggard and the home of Buck Owens, the launching point for both Dwight Yoakam and Gary Allan. I like to think that there is still plenty of room for the rough-hewn, honky-tonk style of country that was such a huge part of America’s past. “