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 Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson are proud of their successful first effort, they are excited to have teamed with producer Josh Leo (Alabama, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) on their RCA effort.
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Love and Theft, an American country music duo, is composed of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, both of whom sing lead vocals and play guitar. Love and Theft originally formed as a trio in 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee, along with Brian Bandas (who also sang lead and played guitar). Signed to Lyric Street Records subsidiary Carolwood Records in 2009, Love and Theft made their chart debut in early 2009 with the single "Runaway", which reached the Top 10 on Billboard Hot Country Songs. The band's debut album, World Wide Open, was released on August 25, 2009.
In 2011, Love and Theft moved to RCA Records Nashville and released the single "Angel Eyes", which hit #1 in August 2012; it is included on a self-titled album.