GAC Album Review: Love and Theft

In the three years since Love and Theft released their debut album, World Wide Open in 2009, the group has undergone some major changes. The biggest shifts involved the closing of their label and the departure of member Brian Bandas, leaving fellow founding members Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson searching for a new deal [...] Read More

Love And Theft to Release CD June 5

ACM Vocal Duo of the Year nominee Love and Theft, Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, is thrilled to be releasing their new album on June 5 on RCA Records. 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 [...] Read More

Love And Theft Turns Misfortune Into Opportunity

It’s been five months now since Love And Theft discovered that its record label had shut its doors. Which left the group that got its first hit in 2009 without an outlet to turn “Runaway” into runaway success. They aren’t freaking out about it, in part because working as a band on a national level isn’t quite like other jobs. For one thing, the trio — Brian Bandas, Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles — doesn’t have just one boss or one way to draw income. A record deal is one potential revenue stream, but so are concert-ticket sales and songwriting, and they’re still doing those things. So when Disney first closed Lyric Street Records, the guys weren’t initially bothered by it. Read More

Chuck Wicks, Chris Young Help GAC Kick Off CMA Festival

“I feel like an old man.” A limping Chuck Wicks laughed off an injury Wednesday morning as he took a stage in the lobby of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to sing four songs and welcome a contingent of fans to Nashville. Chuck, Chris Young, Joey + Rory and Love and Theft took part in the third annual GAC Fan Breakfast, an adjunct event to the CMA Music Festival, which officially began with a parade just a few hours later. It wasn’t Chuck’s first public moment of the week. He took part Monday in the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge, joining Joe Nichols, David Nail, Vince Gill and others on the “After Midnite With Blair Garner” team, which defeated the Grand Ole Opry squad 15-10. Chuck unfortunately got a raspberry chasing a ball, and the wound still stung Wednesday a.m., explaining his hobbling entrance at the Hall of Fame. Read More

Love And Theft Regroups

Love And Theft can look back on the last 18 months with a lot of joy. Looking ahead, however, is requiring a little bit of faith. The band — Eric Gunderson, Brian Bandas and Stephen Barker Liles — earned its first hit in 2009 through Carolwood Records, a sister label to the Disney-affiliated Lyric Street. “Runaway” led the guys to their Grand Ole Opry debut and the release of their first album, World Wide Open. They also had a chance to make a cameo appearance on “American Idol,” to take part in a Kraft sweepstakes and to hit the road on Tim McGraw’s current Southern Voice Tour, which also features Lady Antebellum. Read More