While mainstream country music changes directions yet again, Eli understands the importance of holding onto his heritage in music and way of life. Many influences paved the way for Eli that range from Hank Williams Sr to the Texas Tornadoes and ZZ top. Crowds at any given show are quickly won over by the genuine and expert musical abilities of both Eli Buddy and his Sweet Mesquite Band.
After several small garage bands, Eli Buddy & Sweet Mesquite was formed in 2011. A 6-piece Texas Country Band comprised of musical veterans fixated on creating original, yet traditional sounding Texas Country Music. The group's first album was released in February of 2018. This debut album was expertly mixed and mastered by Tony Gonzales, a pro of over 30 years. Tony has mastered albums for Texas Legends such as Willie Nelson. This album was produced in San Antonio, by Grammy Nominated Producer Jonny Martinez at AMI Records. Eli Buddy's first single, “TEQUILA” was released January 2017. This single features Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Mr Flaco Jimenez. A southwest style drinking song chalk full of flavor and South Texas Originality.