Love and Theft was formed in 2006 by Eric Gunderson, Brian Bandas, and Stephen Barker Liles. A pop-country act built around striking harmonies that had their fans swooning from the beginning, Love and Theft was offered a deal with the Disney-affiliated country label, Lyric Street Records, after performing for ASCAP representatives.
Soon after, they released their debut album, World Wide Open, in mid-2009. The album’s first single, “Runaway,” peaked at #10 on the country singles chart, while the album also cracked the country Top Ten. Sadly, Disney closed the record label in April 2010, and the group went looking for a new label. Bandas left the band in 2011, so Gunderson and Liles continued as a duo.
They were signed to RCA Nashville later that same year. A single from the duo, “Angel Eyes,” became a major country hit, and their self-titled album jumped to #4 on the country albums survey. Love and Theft parted ways with RCA Nashville and launched their own label, Hate & Purchase Music. Their self-released album, Whiskey on My Breath, dropped in February 2015, with the album’s title track rising to #31 on the country singles chart. In 2016, Love and Theft signed with Curb Records.
“We wanted to show a different side and make a record that sounds like us,” Stephen Barker Liles says of Love and Theft’s boundary-pushing new album, Whiskey On My Breath. “Country music has always been about honest performances and songs that mean something, and that’s the kind of record that we wanted to make.”