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Love And Theft sets Opry debut

Monday, March 23, 2009 – Love And Theft will make their debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage this Saturday, March 28.

"I grew up listening to and watching the Opry," said Love And Theft's Eric Gunderson "and it's definitely going to be a night I will remember forever."

"It's gonna be awesome taking that stage where so many country legends have stood," said Brian Bandas. "All three of us have a ton of family coming out to share in the night with us."

Love And Theft will perform their debut single, Runaway, at the Opry. They will also premiere new material from their debut CD, "World Wide Open," set for release this summer on Disney's Carolwood Records.

"Ever since I was young I've known about the history and the impact the Opry has had on country music," said Love And Theft's Stephen Barker Liles. "One of our biggest dreams is about to come true."

Bandas, Gunderson and Liles all sing lead. They opened shows for Taylor Swift last year and are currently on the road meeting country radio and promoting their single.

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