Love and Theft, the two-man band made up of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, hit the ground running when their first single, “Runaway,” made it to the Top 10. The band, formed in 2006 and signed to Carolwood Records in 2009, was the opening act for Taylor Swift’s 2009 tour. And as every dedicated Taylor Swift fan like myself knows, Love and Theft’s Stephen Liles is who she is singing about in her song “Hey Stephen.” “Dancing in Circles,” from their debut album reached the Top 40, peaking at number 25.
They followed up with a second single, “Angel Eyes,” which made it to No. 1 in 2011 and earned a platinum certification.The lead single from their third album, “Night That You’ll Never Forget,” is now playing on country radio.
In 2011, Love and Theft joined RCA Nashville, and have been nominated for the Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year award and the Academy of Country Music Top Vocal Duo award. In 2013, Love and Theft won the Country Music Television Duo Video of the Year award for their song “Runnin’ Out of Air.”
Earlier this month, the duo was once again nominated for the Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year. This is their third nomination in this category.
Love and Theft performs in Dorton Arena on Monday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.