“For me, there is no other way to play a show than like it’s your last, I don’t care if I’m playing a dive bar for tips or in front of 10,000 people. I’m always going to be in full character, dressed to the 9’s, and as energetic and interactive with the crowd as I possibly can, there is simply no other option. I would also like to think that I carry that mentality with me off the stage as well, because it’s not just an act, it’s a lifestyle…”. - Eli Alger
Eli Alger is a passionate anomaly in his own right. Steeped in Old school/90’s country, He draws heavily from the true Cowboys of country music like George Straight, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks, and Toby Keith. With some influence from the modern troubadours like Cody Johnson, Luke Combs, and Tyler Childers in not only his stage presence, but most importantly his songwriting. This is very evident seeing that Eli starts almost every performance with his favorite song “Much Too Young” by Garth Brooks because;
“It’s the first song I ever picked up on the guitar, I’ve played it so many times it seems I’m incapable of picking up a six-string and not playing at least the first lick of that tune… It’s just in me”
Eli does his utmost to emulate the style of his heroes by writing songs with intellectual, deep, and emotional lyrics paired with “out of the box” perspectives and the interesting stories of both life and lore. In his words;
“the "drinking beer and chasing girls" bell has been rung far too many times, I’ve taken it upon myself to write verses leaving people wondering what the next part of the story holds, and choruses expressing how I truly feel about the situation at hand… You don’t see very many artists wearing their heart on their sleeve these days, I try to make up the difference by wearing mine on both.”
The 24-year-old Des Moines Iowa native has spent the last 6 years performing at over 500 shows. At the beginning of his career, he started performing as a freshman in college on the weekends while attending the University of Iowa where he later earned a degree in Finance. He then formed “The Little Liquor Band” which saw success and showed promise. After just 6 months they were packing venues, selling merch, and playing radio stations. Unfortunately, once “the ball had really started to roll” for the LLB, the trio broke up due to unprecedented circumstances, but this did not stop Eli. Utilizing the following built while a part of The Little Liquor Band, Eli broke out on his own as a solo act. With countless hours of practice, dedication, and the adoption of the headset mic, Eli has been able to develop a solo act worthy of playing “band” venues by himself. Putting on such a high-energy show that he has been able to play the big Honky Tonks around the Midwest and more times than not, stay late and sell joints out of beer.
Eli has since moved to Nashville to take the next step in his music career. He is determined to play shows all around the country to build his fanbase, get his original material professionally recorded, build his music business network, and with a bit of luck, nail down a record deal. He plans to work tirelessly until his goals are achieved. Catch him at the next show to see what all the fuss is about!