Jake Owen let a little secret slip on Twitter this week. The “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” singer announced to fans that he’ll be headlining this year’s CMT On Tour, with special guests Florida-Georgia Line and Love & Theft. The tour will be called “CMT On Tour: Jake Owen: The Summer Never Ends 2012.”
“Awesome night in Detroit Fired up to announce I’m Headlining the @CMT Tour this fall with @LNTweet and @FLAGALine. Gonna be a party!!”
Renowned music producer Josh Leo is celebrating twenty-three number one singles this week. He’s personally written six number one singles, and has contributed to multiple gold and platinum selling albums and singles throughout his career – including for The Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit. He was even the one responsible for the discovery of country superstar Martina McBride.
His latest number one is with RCA Nashville duo Love and Theft. He produced their new album and their number one single “Angel Eyes.” He’s pretty excited about the duo, and shares:
“Love and Theft is a TRUE duo!! Two great singers, songwriters and performers that equally carry the weight! I’m very fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with such talented REAL people!”
Eric Gunderson and Eric Barker Liles were just as excited to be working with Josh:
“Josh Leo is the man! He is a legend and it has been such a pleasure to work with him. We are so honored to be a part of his 23rd #1 song. We look forward to making music with Josh for years to come!” says Eric Gunderson.
“Josh Leo!!!! Our other dad!!! I couldn’t be more happy for him to land his 23rd #1 record. We are honored to work with him and blessed to call him our friend. Congrats Josh!” comments Stephen Barker Liles.
Love & Theft’s single isn’t the only thing Josh is celebrating this week. He also produced Broken Bow Records’ artist Dustin Lynch‘s single “Cowboys & Angels.” Dustin’s single is currently number twelve before his self-titled debut album hits stores next week. Josh co-wrote Dustin’s single with Tim Nichols and Dustin himself.
Along with working as a producer on 23 number one singles, Josh has been the session guitarist for over 150 songs in his career. He also has a pretty impressive songwriting credits over his career: including six number one singles, including Alabama‘s “Down Home” and “Hometown Honeymoon,” Restless Heart’s huge A/C smash “Tell Me What You Dream,” and has had his songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes, The Wreckers, Reba McEntire, Brenda Lee, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Rogers, and many, many more.
Congratulations to Love and Theft and RCA Nashville! The country music duo’s latest single “Angel Eyes” is officially gold after being certified by the RIAA for selling more than 500,000 copies since its release. The song has a shot at becoming a number one single for Eric Gunderson and Stephen Baker, as its currently sitting at number two on the Mediabase Country Singles Chart. Their music video for the single is closing in on 2 million views on YouTube.
“Ever since I started playing music, it has been a dream of mine to have a song or album go gold,” said Eric. “Thank you to everyone who made this happen for us.” Added Stephen. “Holy Moly! We are so excited about our first ever Gold single. Anytime people spend their hard earned money, it’s an honor and we are truly humbled.”
“Angel Eyes” is the lead single from the duo’s self titled sophomore album on RCA Nashville. The song is a co-write by the group’s own Eric Gunderson along with Eric Paslay and Jeff Coplan.
Love and Theft are out on Brad Paisley‘s Virtual Reality World Tour, starring in the pre-concert “Virtual Opry Stage” through to September 29th.
The guys of Love and Theft will be performing a private show at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 31st. Museum members are automatically entitled to attend as a benefit of their membership, and the event will include a performance, autograph signing, food & cash bar. In addition, members will have after-hours access to the Museum galleries, including the Taylor Swift: Speak Now-Treasures from the World Tour exhibit.
If you’re not a member and would like to attend, you can purchase a Museum membership at www.countrymusichalloffame.org/membership and enter coupon code HOTNIGHTS to receive a special $10 discount off the price of membership. Museum memberships include free admission to the Museum for a year, discounts at the restaurant and store and many other benefits.
“NRA Country represents everything Love and Theft believes in. Our love for our families and this great country, preserving our American freedom, and most importantly a sincere appreciation and respect for our men and women in uniform and for their service abroad and at home.” – Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson / Love and Theft.
As part of the NRA Country promotion, the duo will be giving fans the chance to win a Love & Theft prize pack which includes two tickets to the public concert of the winner’s choice, two meet and greet passes, and an autographed poster with a copy of their brand new album. They’re also letting fans to get to know them a little bit better with a behind-the-scenes video with rare in-studio footage from the making of their album on NRAcountry.com/this-is.
Love and Theft have just released their self-titled sophomore album. The duo (formerly a trio) became a sensation with the powerful “Runaway” – long a staple of my Friday escape-from-work playlist. Now down one member, their lyrics lack some of the oomph they used to have, but they still make good music.
The pair is at their best when they’re sharing lead vocal duty and harmonizing. Both Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson get some solo time on this album, and though they perform well, it loses what makes them unique as a group.
“Love and Theft” opens with “Angel Eyes”, which I reviewed here. Everything I said then still applies – I love this song.
ACM-nominated country duo Love and Theft (Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson) are anxious for people to hear their self-titled RCA Nashville debut album, due out July 24. To preview tracks and pre-order the new album, click on this link: http://bit.ly/OZyKO0
“This record represents the way we sound live,” says Stephen. Eric adds, “You get the warmth and the emotion of the players vibing together in the room. We feel like we have made the record we’ve always wanted to make and we can’t wait to find out what people think about it.”
“Angel Eyes” is Love and Theft’s lead single from their forthcoming record. The song, co-written by Jeff Coplan, Eric Paslay and Eric Gunderson, jumped into the Top 10 last week on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and Country Aircheck and is climbing the charts. The track has sold over 350K digital downloads and the music video for “Angel Eyes” has received over 1.2 million views on VEVO.com.
Love and Theft are out on the road this summer with Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality World Tour. “We’re playing on the ‘Virtual Opry’ stage,” Eric says, “which is a pretty real depiction of what the Grand Ole Opry stage looks like in Nashville. It’s been great fun.”
Stephen adds, “We’ve learned a lot from the artists we’ve opened for over the last few years like Brad, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, and Taylor Swift. It’s been a really cool experience. Hopefully, one day we’ll be able to show other artists the same generosity that’s been shown to us.”
Country music duo Love and Theft‘s brand new album is now available for pre-order on iTunes. The “Angel Eyes” singers entire album is up for preview on iTunes right now, which will be released on July 31st. The boys also posted their latest webisode this week titled “We Can Rebuild It,” which once again shows off the duo’s personalities. Check out their webisode here and let us know if you’re going to pre-order their brand new album:
Love and Theft first came to prominence with their breakout single, “Runaway”. That song featured the trio showcasing their perfect harmony as well as any established group in country music, and hit Top 10 on the US country music charts. It also earned them a spot as the opening act for the second half of Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice” tour, alongside a little group called Lady Antebellum.
Their debut album, World Wide Open, also featured the single “Dancing In Circles”.
Almost two years after that major tour, and now reborn as a duo, L&T are back with a new single, “Angel Eyes”. Although the sound is a bit less powerful, down the voice of co-lead vocalist Brian Bandas, the signature harmony remains the same.
Country group Little Big Town will host the 2012 Ride For A Cure for the sixth consecutive time. The event, taking place on Sunday, June 10th in Nashville, donates proceeds to the T.J. Martell Foundation.
Registration for the ride will commence at 8AM (CT) at Mickey Roo’s in the Kroger Independence Square parking lot in Franklin, TN. The ride will finish up at the Harley Davidson store in Columbia, TN.
At 12PM (CT), post-ride festivities will begin. There will be performances from some of country’s hottest artists, including Lauren Alaina, Dean Alexander, Love and Theft, and Little Big Town. In addition, there will be a live auction.
So far, over $260,000 has been raised for the T.J. Martell Foundation since the Ride began. Check out www.nashvillerideforacure.com to find out how you can buy tickets and get involved with such a great cause!