ACM Vocal Duo of the Year nominee Love and Theft, Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, is thrilled to be releasing their new album on June 5 on RCA Records. To pre-order their self-titled album, click HERE.
Love and Theft is a bit different from the group that scored a Top 10 hit two years ago with “Runaway.” But the changes that have affected the group—most notably, signing with RCA Records and downsizing to a duo—have actually brought Love and Theft closer to what it originally set out to be: a band that writes, records and performs honest, soulful country music.
While Stephen and Eric are proud of their successful first effort, they admit it wasn’t the genuine sound they were hoping for—a tone they ultimately discovered when they returned to the studio under producer Josh Leo (Alabama, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band).
“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.”
“We love performing,” says Stephen. “The way we recorded our new album is the way our influences made records: live with a band. It’s a lot more organic.”
Eric’s earthy voice is the perfect complement to Stephen’s high-altitude tenor. The guys happily share lead vocals, harmonize like a church choir, and bolster their band with their own guitar work. “Stephen and I have always been on the same page as far as the vision for Love and Theft and what we want it to be,” says Eric. “We feel like we have made the record we’ve always wanted to make.”
The lead single from their forthcoming album is “Angel Eyes.” The song is currently No. 31 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and on Country Aircheck.
To view the music video for “Angel Eyes,” click HERE. In addition, Love and Theft will kick off the Academy of Country Music’s Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas on Friday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. PT, during The Week Vegas Goes Country®!