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Love and Theft eyes number one

Monday, August 13, 2012 – Love and Theft (Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson) hold the top spot this week on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and Country Aircheck with their RCA Nashville debut single Angel Eyes.

Love and Theft takes over from Kenny Chesney's Come Over.

The duo is celebrating two career milestones they have achieved over the past few days. Last Thursday, they received the news that the song was certified gold by R.I.A.A. and today learned the hit is the duo's first number one single.

"Thanks to my co-writers Jeff Coplan and Eric Paslay for changing my life and letting me write this song with them," says Love and Theft's Eric Gunderson. "I guess dreams really do come true! A number one song and a gold single in one week is so exciting. Thank you to the amazing RCA promo team. They are the best, and we are so fortunate to be working with them. This is one week that I will never forget."

Liles said, "I can't believe it. I'm truly humbled and grateful. Thank you so much to RCA, country radio and all our fans for making one of our biggest dreams come true."

The hit is number six this week on the Billboard Digital Country Songs chart and is the lead single from Love and Theft's self-titled album.

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Whiskey on My Breath
Going the indie route generally is viewed as entrepreneurial. For Love and Theft's Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, it was a necessity. The duo is proof that the chart summit is not all it's cracked up to be. After hitting number 1 with 2012's "Angel Eyes," they were dropped by RCA Nashville last year when their follow up singles flopped. With their final album for the label shelved and unable to legally recut the tracks they had recorded, "Whiskey On My »»»
Love And Theft CD review - Love And Theft
A lot has happened to Love and Theft since they debuted in 2009. They're down to a trio - Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles - since Brian Bandas left two years ago. They've switched labels as well, and instead of being forgotten after one hit single (Runaway), they're emerging again thanks to the single and lead-off track Angel Eyes. There's more than that going on though. Gunderson and Liles both sing well, trading leads and harmonizing often with each other (If You »»»
World Wide Open CD review - World Wide Open
What if you held auditions for lead singer within your band and everyone got the job? It happens. All three members of Love and Theft - Brian Bandas, Eric Gunderson, and Stephen Barker Liles - share the vocal duties, acting as each other's backups and plugging in harmonies (think early Eagles) wherever possible. In the wake of a tour opening for Taylor Swift, the pin-up gents from everywhere (Austin by way of Charlotte and Clearwater, Fla.) now venture forth with their debut to the eager »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Carlile takes her chances on feeling "Blue" – During a rare moment sitting at the piano and appropriately dressed in blue, Brandi Carlile paraphrased a memorable Joni Mitchell quote. Basically, it went that, if you listen to Joni Mitchell music and only picture Mitchell - but not yourself - something is wrong. While Carlile, who performed Mitchell's "Blue" album in its entirety for... »»»
Concert Review: The Head and the Heart go beyond the nah nahs – "Nah nah," "la la" and "Wee oh" populated a number of songs from The Head and the Heart. Yes, the Seattle-based band does pen a good amount of sing-along songs that were clearly designed that way. And while that style can certainly engage and energize a crowd, there was more to that from the sextet.... »»»
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