Hot duo LOVE AND THEFT enters 2013 with radio momentum, nomination jitters and cardio resolutions ahead of Tim McGraw dates!

Their new single is “runnin’” ahead of schedule. Love and Theft’s slinky, hot-under-the-collar single, “Runnin’ Out of Air” entered the MediaBase Top 40 after just six weeks. That’s well ahead of the duo’s Gold-certified single “Angel Eyes,” which hit #1 last August.

“We know from experience that nothing is certain. After Country radio gave us our first #1 with ‘Angel Eyes,’ we’re just grateful to have a new song out that has also been so well received,” says Eric Gunderson. “’Runnin’ Out of Air,’ is a groove we’re proud of and hearing it on the airwaves is an unbelievable feeling.”

Starting Monday, fans can vote for ACM “Newcomer” categories. LOVE AND THEFT is nominated for “New Vocal Duo or Group,” one of three fan-voted newcomer awards. Voting begins Monday, January 21 (12:00pm EST) and music lovers can vote every day at or until voting closes on Monday, February 4th (3:00pm EST). The winners will then compete for New Artist of the Year at the 48thAnnual Academy of Country Music Awards (Broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, April 7th, 2013).

“We have been through a lot in our seven years together. We are thrilled to be nominated and we are so grateful to fans for accepting us as this new incarnation of Love and Theft. Your votes would mean the world to us,” says Gunderson, with a tip of the hat to the obstacles they’ve overcome to reach their current success.

After Tim McGraw’s announcement, Eric and Stephen get in gear (tour dates below). This week, it was announced that Love and Theft would join the iconic McGraw on his upcoming “Two Lanes of Freedom Tour.” The 30-city trek begins May 2nd in Birmingham, AL and continues through July.

“We can’t even wait to start the Tim tour!!!! He’s the man,” states Stephen Barker Liles. “I don’t know if I’ll be doing any four mile runs or lifting monster truck tires before the show like he does…maybe Eric will… But we are gonna have a blast with him, Brantley and both their teams of super talented musicians and crew! And Tim always has stellar catering so that doesn’t suck.”

Keep up with Eric and Stephen by visiting their official site, and follow them on Twitter at @loveandtheft.

5/2  Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
5/3  Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
5/4  Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
5/10    West Palm Beach, FL @  Cruzan Amphitheatre
5/11    Tampa, FL @ 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
5/12   Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
5/17   Philadelphia, PA @  Susquehanna Bank Center
5/18  Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
5/19  Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
5/23  St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
5/24  Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
5/25  Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
5/26  Darien Lakes, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
5/30  Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
5/31  Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
6/1  Washington, D.C. @ Jiffy LubeLive
6/7  San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
6/8  San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheatre
6/9  Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/13  Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents the Pavilion
6/14  Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
6/15  Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green
6/20  Beaumont, TX @ Ford Park Pavilion
6/22  Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
6/28  Hartford, CT @  Comcast Theatre
6/29  Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
6/30  Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/25  Toronto, ONT @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/26  Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/27  Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach