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 People.com. 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.
CMA FAN FEST SCHEDULE:
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)