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Love and Theft sign new deal

Thursday, March 24, 2016 – Love and Theft, who previously had a hit with "Angel Eyes," signed to Curb Records earlier this month.

After albums with a subsidiary of Lyric Street and then RCA, the duo of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson independently released "Whiskey On My Breath," going with a softer sound. The duo co-produced with Josh Leo (Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Restless Heart). The title track was released to country radio as the new single.

"We realized we had a chance to give fans a record that best represented us as artists when we decided to release the new album independently," said Gunderson. "By signing with Curb, who are an independent company themselves, we have an amazing opportunity to work with them while keeping our integrity as artists."

"We're extremely excited and proud to have Love And Theft joining the Curb Records family," said Jim Ed Norman, CEO of The Curb Group. "The chance to work with great artistry is first and foremost a privilege, but getting to add the incredible management team at Vector and long time friend and award winning Producer Josh Leo, is uncommonly rewarding. 1-2-3-go."

"We are honored to be signed to Curb Records," Barker Liles said. "Mike Curb and Jim Ed Norman are both legends who share our passion for music and independence, so to be a part of a team who understands and believes in who we are and the music we are making is inspiring."

There was no word on when new music would be released.

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World Wide Open CD review - World Wide Open
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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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
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