More than a decade ago Mike Eli (vocals and guitar) and James Young (guitar and vocals) met when they were freshman roommates at the University of North Texas. Bonding over their shared love of music, they began writing songs and performing acoustically together as a duo. Hoping for something bigger, the two expanded to a full-on electric country band, now with Jon Jones (bass) and Chris Thompson (drums), and the Eli Young Band was born. The quartet gained popularity in the Southwest due to constant touring and local airplay of their albums, including last year’s Life at Best. But make no mistake, the Eli Young Band (above, playing “Crazy Girl” on Late Show with David Letterman) aren’t just some regional band. In fact you can see them on Friday night at Terminal 5.