Today’s a big day for country duo Love & Theft who dropped their sophomore self-titled album after three years of writing, recording and planning. Their current single “Angel Eyes” has hit top five on the country charts and Catherine Lane had a chance to catch up with the boys as they promote their new album.
With only three years to debut the perfect 11-track album, Love & Theft co-wrote most tracks themselves while bringing in producer Josh Leo, who has worked with Alabama and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Taking country music back to its natural roots, they were thrilled when Josh came with a plan.
“We never really thought this day would actually come again,” band member Eric Gunderson admitted before Stephen Barker Liles interjected. “This album is recorded live with musicians, we didn’t add any tracks… We sang with the band to make sure they didn’t brush over the vocals and stuff like that.” After many takes and very few overdub tracks, the sophomore album was born.
Before Catherine let them go, she asked about Eric’s recent run in with the law back in April 2012, where he was arrested at the Nashville airport for carrying a large hunting knife through security.
“It was actually really frustrating because I really completely forgotten that knife was in my backpack and I always carry a knife just usually not one that big,” he willingly recounted. “What really sucked was doing all that community service back in Nashville once I got home. Somebody tried to rob me while we were doing community service [and] I was forced to turn around and lay the little punk kid out.”
“Right before the kid who took my wallet got away I nailed the kid in the chest with my elbow and he went flying backwards,” Eric admitted before Stephen interrupted with his innocent warning. “Violence is not always the answer, Eric, I try to tell him this.”
Of course, it all came full circle for Eric and his community service woes. “As soon as I finished [community service] they dismissed the case. My luck.”
Love & Theft’s self-titled sophomore album is available today in stores and online. Check out Love & Theft’s official website for more information.
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