“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!
Country music duo Love and Theft will be taking on a very important fine art in their debut on GAC’s Day Jobs tomorrow night. The pair will be making whiskey at White Whiskey Distillery, attempting to re-create Jamey Grosser’s Popcorn Whiskey secret recipe. Their episode premieres tomorrow night on GAC at 9 pm EST.
The boys’ current single, “Angel Eyes,” is still out on country radio right now. They were recently announced as part of Brad Paisley‘s Virtual Reality World Tour’s The Escape. They will appear at select dates on the tour as part of the Virtual Opry stage before Brad’s show.
RCA Nashville duo Love and Theft will be performing their hit single “Angel Eyes” on ABC’s “GCB” this week. Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson will make their debut appearance on the drama this Saturday, April 29th at 10 pm EST.
“Performing ‘Angel Eyes’ on GCB was definitely a killer experience,” says Stephen. “I started watching the show from episode one and I really love it. I grew up a preacher’s kid so I can closely relate to a lot of the dialog. We are thrilled to be involved with such a fun new show!”
“Angel Eyes” is the debut single from the duo’s brand new studio album being released on July 24th. The self-titled record is something that the pair is pretty excited to be releasing on their brand new label:
“This really feels like a new beginning for us,” says Stephen. Eric adds, “We have a new label (RCA), a new producer (Josh Leo), there are two of us now instead of three, but the core of Love and Theft is still the same. Our sound is driven by harmonies and we’re a band who writes, records and performs honest, soulful country music.
Love and Theft were nominated for Duo Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards. It’s their first nomination at the fan-voted award show, and it’s something the duo is celebrating this week:
Stephen says, “We are stoked to be nominated for our first CMT award! This video is really special to us because we have a lot of close ties to this video. My dad plays the preacher in the video and our family and friends are part of the bonfire scene. We couldn’t be more excited. We are truly grateful.”
The number one just might start being Jake Owen’s favorite number. His songs sure seem to like it.
For two consecutive weeks, Owen’s hit single, “Alone with You,” holds the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. In addition, this week the song jumped to the No. 1 spot on Country Aircheck as well. This marks back-to-back chart toppers for Jake and the second multi-week No. 1 single from his album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
The third single from Barefoot Blue Jean Night will be “The One That Got Away.” Jake says the song, which he co-wrote with BMI and ACM Songwriter of the Year Dallas Davidson and Jimmy Ritchey, tells a true story.
“I’m from Vero Beach, FL, and every summer, girls would come to town with their families. One summer, this girl and I were totally inseparable and after she left, I never saw her again. That’s where the idea for this song came from. The first few lines are: She rolled in / My little sandy town / She spent the summer there / A couple houses down / Well it was magic in the air / When she caught my eye / We shared three short months / And one long goodbye.”
Academy of Country Music nominated duo Love and Theft have announced some big news. The pair will be releasing their debut RCA Nashville album on June 5th. The self-titled album is a big step for Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles, who were formerly a trio before signing with RCA Nashville. While they are proud of their first record, which spawned a top 10 hit in “Runaway,” they feel as if this time around they were more able to be themselves and sing what they wanted to sing. They see themselves as a band that writes, records and performs honest country music.
They worked with producer Josh Leo on their new album, who had nothing but good things to say about the duo:
“Love and Theft is a true duo in every sense of the word,” says Leo. “They seamlessly trade lead vocals during the songs and sometimes, I’m not even 100% sure who is singing the lead. They are that good.”
The lead single from their upcoming album is “Angel Eyes,” which is currently sitting at number 31 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart and on Country Aircheck. The pair will also kick off the ACM week this weekend with a free performance on Fremont Street on Friday, March 30th at 7 pm PST.