I loved the trio Love and Theft. Saw them perform life last year in Kingsport, Tenn., at Fun Fest. Enjoyed meeting them after the show, and spending a little time hanging out at their merchandise tent. They were as friendly off stage as they were entertaining on stage. that was when there were three of them – Eric Gunderson, Stephen Barker and Brian Bandas were the three that brought us “Don’t Wake Me,” “Runaway,” and my favorite Love and Theft Song, “Dancing in Circles.”
Brian is now the lead singer for a rock band, based in Nashville. The three remain friends. And now, Stephen and Eric have signed with RCA Nashville, as a duo. But they are keeping the name Love and Theft. They had been one of the tragedies of the closing of Lyric Street Records, which left them labeless for a while. I’m happy for the guys, and looking for new music from them real soon.
Joining RCA puts them in the family of some of my favorite artists – Jake Owen, Sarah Evans and Danny Gokey.
“It’s such a big change that it’s like God is saying this is what was supposed to happen,” Stephen told The Boot in the wake of Brian’s departure. “Maybe the destiny for Love and Theft was always to be a duo. It gives me and Eric a new outlook and mindset on everything, so it’s really cool. “We’re very passionate about music, but if he feels like he needs to go do something else, then that’s what his heart is telling him to do,” Stephen continued. “We can’t really argue with that because at the end of the day, we all have to follow our own path.” [Source]
I am looking forward to a new album from these guys. Stephen said they are still going to record the same kind of songs, and we can all expect the same ‘catchy, rock-infused country style.’ You can follow the guys on twitter @LNTweet.
That’s all for t his morning. More later! Enjoy your Saturday everyone!
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