Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson make up the rising chart-topping country band Love and Theft. The duo is responsible for the hits “Angle Eyes,” “If You Ever Get Lonely” and “Runnin’ Out of Air.” They are currently on tour promoting their self-titled second album, traveling from Canada to Maryland, down to Tennessee.
Love and Theft will bring their act to The Kentucky Opry in Draffenville this Thursday.
The duo shares duties on lead vocals and play guitar. They originally formed in 2006 in Nashville with Brian Bandas, who has since left the band. Since the release of their first album, “World Wide Open” they have joined a new record company, RCA Nashville, and composed a different sound.
“We feel like people will be hearing us for the first time,” says Gunderson. Liles agrees and credits the label’s storied history with helping to reenergize the band.
Liles and Gunderson were practically raised in church. Lile’s father is a pastor and Gunderson’s father is a worship pastor. Both were fed a steady diet of gospel, oldies and country growing up.
“Our parents didn’t want us listening to secular music that much. But they’d let us listen to Elvis, Roy, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. It was cool to grow up that way, and that’s still my favorite kind of music,” explains Gunderson, who says he and Liles worked hard to capture a more organic, country sound for their current album.
Thursday night’s show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchase online at www.kentuckyopry.com/loveandtheft.