Eli Carver was born along with fellow band mate and twin, Tyson, at home in Wimberley, TX on October 15, 1982. When he was three years old, he and his brother saw a picture of very young children playing the violin in the Wimberley newspaper and informed their mother that this was something that they wanted to do. Though he has no memory of this, legend has it that they bugged her about it enough to make her realize that they were serious and in April of 1986, they began taking Suzuki violin lessons once a week. This lasted for about seven years until their musical influences took over. Their parents listened to the likes of Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Peter Rowen, and many others in the Americana and bluegrass fields. At the age of ten, they decided to part with their long time classical violin teacher and concentrate on their “fiddle” chops. After taking three years of fiddle lessons from a variety of players in the area, the twins and their family moved to Durango, CO in the summer of 1996. Once settled in Durango, Eli decided to call it quits on music all together and concentrate on high school sports and snowboarding. Towards the end of high school, however, he began to think about getting back into music. Upon graduation in 2001, they moved back to the Wimberley area and began playing music together. He picked up the fiddle again but also started a new interest of the bass guitar. After tinkering with the fiddle for a few months, he determined that a bass player would fit better with his brothers newly acquired guitar skills and acquired a bass. In the spring of 2002, the twins met band mate Andy Bertelsen and former band mate Chris Lenard through some mutual friends and the band Texas Renegade was formed. Eli has now been playing the bass for about 8 years now and has also begun playing the upright bass at acoustic shows. He says that getting back into music and choosing to play the bass was one of the best decisions that he has ever made and he could not be happier to play with such a great group of guys.