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Love and Theft Debut New Music Video for “Whiskey On My Breath”

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Love and Theft have released an emotionally charged new video for “Whiskey On My Breath,” the first single from their boundary-pushing, self-released album. The video, directed by Paul Cain/Ruckus Films, tells a story of redemption and can be seen today exclusively at The song is a personal one for the duo.

I come from a family of alcoholics,” Gunderson, 30, tells PEOPLE. “I’ve had grandparents and great-grandparents die from alcoholism, and Stephen’s grandfather pretty much drank himself to death. He had a case of Crown sitting next to his bed, woke up every day and drank until he passed out.”

“In the industry we’re in, it’s pretty easy to find yourself drinking every night,” he says. “It’s easy to fall into that hole and hard to get out of it. I am also type 1 diabetic, so drinking too much could be dangerous, and I decided to be sober. It’s been a life-changing decision.”

You can read more about the life changing decision and what inspired it here.

Love and Theft will also have a major presence during the upcoming CMA Fan Fest in Nashville. In addition to performances on the Bridgestone Stage, AT&T U-Verse and HGTV Lodge, Stephen and Eric will be playing in the 25th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball game (details below).

Love and Theft have already established themselves as one of country’s hottest acts with the #1 country smash “Angel Eyes” and the Top 10 hit “Runaway,” and their widely acclaimed albums World Wide Open and Love and Theft. For their third record, Whiskey On My Breath, the ACM/CMA/CMT-nominated Stephen Barker-Liles and Eric Gunderson (the singer-songwriter-guitarists-front men of Love and Theft) decided on release their music independently via their label Hate & Purchase Music, allowing them greater liberty when writing and recording.

Thur, June 11:
12:45pm AT&T U-Verse (performance and interview)
Fri, June 12:
10:45am Bridgestone stage (Full band performance)
Sat, June 13:
25th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball game
Sun, June 14:
10:00 am HGTV Lodge (performance & signing)

Grand Ole Opry and iHeart Radio Ready Their Rosters to Strike Out Cancer

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The Grand Ole Opry and iHeart Radio are readying their rosters as they prepare to strike out cancer at the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game. More than 25 music and sports stars will step up to the plate for this 25th anniversary event, taking place June 13 from the new First Tennessee Park during CMA Music Festival. Tickets are available now at

Country standouts Angie Johnson, Bret Michaels, Bucky Covington, Deana Carter, JT Hodges, Phil Vassar and The Bobby Bones Show, along with Titans cornerback Perrish Cox and current and former Nashville Predators players Seth Jones and Stu Grimson, will play alongside previously announced participants Aaron Watson, Charles Esten, Chuck Wicks, Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, Little Big Town, Love and Theft, and Vince Gill to strike out cancer with City of Hope. Winning StageIt performers SaraBeth and Doug McCormick will also take to the field for the anniversary event. CMT After Midnite’s Cody Alan and The Crook and Chase Countdown’s Lorianne Crook will emcee and offer play-by-plays for the thousands of fans in attendance.

Team Opry: Aaron Watson, Bucky Covington, Charles Esten, Chuck Wicks, Deana Carter, Eric Gunderson (Love And Theft), JT Hodges, Jimi Westbrook (Little Big Town), Kimberly Schlapman (Little Big Town), Phil Vassar, SaraBeth, Stu Grimson and Vince Gill.

Team iHeart Radio: Angie Johnson, Bret Michaels, Doug McCormick, Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town), Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, Perrish Cox, Phillip Sweet (Little Big Town), Seth Jones, Stephen Barker Liles (Love And Theft) plus The Bobby Bones Show’s Bobby Bones, Eddie and Lunchbox.

Joining the lineup is Music City native Stephen Bess, who received lifesaving treatment for acute lymphocytic leukemia more than two years ago at City of Hope. He and his genetically matched stem cell donor, who reside nine time zones apart, will meet for the very first time in a special ceremony before taking the field for the 25th Annual Celebrity Softball Game.

A pioneer in the treatment of bone and blood marrow diseases, City of Hope has performed more than 12,000 lifesaving bone marrow transplants. It also is a leading biomedical research institute for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses. The City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, presented by Staples and sponsored by PEOPLE Country, raises funds for that research.

Each year, the Celebrity Softball Game regularly features some of Country Music’s biggest and hottest stars. Over the years, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery, Vince Gill and many more have taken to the field in support of City of Hope’s lifesaving mission.

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research institution and comprehensive cancer center where scientists and physicians quickly transform scientific discoveries into better treatments and prevention strategies for people around the world. Support from the Nashville community and its country music artists directly benefit City of Hope’s mission to find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Tickets for the game can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Get more information on the game and the line-up of celebrities at Those not able to attend the game can still support the cause. A variety of unique merchandise and experiences, including meet-and-greets with the hottest artists, will be available for bid at The proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.



8th Annual Golf & Guitars Charity Music Festival Hits Sacramento this May


The Haggin Oaks Golf Complex is thrilled to be partnering with KNCI 105.1 FM and hosting the 8th Annual Golf & Guitars Music Festival and Children’s Charity Concert on May 18 and May 19. Golf and Guitars is a celebrity pro-am golf tournament and concert featuring nationally recognized & major label country music artists that raises money for key children’s charities in Sacramento. Each golfer in the tournament gets to play with one of the celebrities and then gets a seat next to the stage where these artists put on a tremendous concert underneath the beautiful golf course sky. The hottest acts in country music, the up-and-coming artists you’ll soon see topping the charts and some of Nashville’s very best songwriters are all donating their time to help raise funds for children’s charities during the music festival. Much of the funds will go to the Morton Golf Foundation with the balance being paid out via a tournament purse to the artist’s children’s charity of choice.

Day Two Concert General Admission is only $30 or you can get your hands on a VIP Ticket for  $150 – VIP Tickets include designated concert seating, a Golf and Guitars hat, buffet dinner and a non-alcoholic drink ticket for both nights.

Artists participating this year are •  Josh Turner •  Love & Theft •  The Swon Brothers •  Jon Pardi •  Jason Michael Carroll •  A Thousand Horses •  Michael Ray •  One Flew South •  Old Dominion •  Joel Crouse •  Julie Roberts •  Trent Tomlinson •  Jim McCormick •  Megan Conner •  Logan Brill •  Johnny Bulford •  Janell Wheeler •  Courtney Patton •  Lindsay Lawler •  Jason Eady   Plus a special as yet unveiled special guest artist with multiple number one hits!

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Love and Theft Prove Themselves with “Whiskey On My Breath”


Love and Theft are starting fresh. The duo earned a No. 1 single with “Lonely Eyes,” but they Tell RollingStone that that success didn’t garantee them success. In fact, after their next two singles didn’t do well, RCA dropped Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson.

“That was in September, right when the song came off the chart,” Gunderson tells Rolling Stone Country. “RCA’s goal has always been to be a Number One label and they’re trying to build their empire. I think we were victims of that in a way.”

He said, ‘The airwaves are oversaturated with bro country right now. We did our best, but we had a hard time,'” says Liles, emphasizing that Love and Theft’s music was never of the bro variety. “Pretty much, it was like, ‘If you were bro country, you probably would have gotten played.’ He was just being honest.”

The worst part of losing their long-time label home is the loss of their music. All of Love and Theft’s previous albums, including the one yet-to-be-released are locked away at Sony.

“They want 13 grand a song, and we can’t re-record the songs, even if we wrote them. We have to wait five years,” explains Liles. “So that music is on a hard drive in a basement.”

“We’ve spent so many hours, weeks, months on that [music],” Gunderson says. “You pour your heart and soul into it, and they don’t have any idea how much time or work [went into it]. . .they just shelve it.”

Instead of sitting in the corner and sulking, the duo hit it hard, recording new music, the first of which is “Whiskey on My Breath.”

“It’s an alcoholic’s struggle. He’s comfortable with where he is, and it doesn’t matter about the rest of his life, but he doesn’t want to embarrass himself in front of Jesus,” says Liles. “His mindset is he knows he’s going to die one day, but even though he lost everything on this Earth, he’s not going to give up liquor. It’s that inner battle that an alcoholic faces. And it never resolves. It shows the darkness of being alone.”

The new album will be released through Red Distribution. The company helps release the album, but promotion will be up to the guys.

The goal was to sound more organic and showcase the harmonies and vocals. We took a different approach, and it ended up sounding more fresh than the other stuff we’ve done,” says Gunderson.

It shows that we can actually fucking sing,” says Liles. “I’m not bragging, it’s just the truth. That’s why we’re still around. That’s how we got a deal. We sang in people’s offices with our harmonies and came in with acoustic demos. With this album, we wanted to say, ‘Hey, these are our voices. This is why we’re still here.'”

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