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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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Kicker Country Stampede Gets Bigger with Travis Tritt, Craig Morgan, Love and Theft and More!

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Travis Tritt, who is celebrating 25 years of making Country music with hits including “Country Club,” “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive,” “Anymore” and “Help Me Hold On,” is one of the latest additions to the star-studded Kicker Country Stampede 2015 line-up. Tritt, Craig Morgan, Love and Theft, Dallas Smith, LOCASH, Chase Bryant, Angaleena Presley, Chris Lane, Clare Dunn, Caroline Kole and the Kristina Craig Band will join previously-announced performers megastar and judge on NBC’s The Voice Blake Shelton, superstar duo Florida Georgia Line, Country music’s sweetheart Sara Evans, Jerrod Niemann, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Blackjack Billy and Sasha McVeigh on the Kicker Country Stampede main stage June 25-28 in Manhattan, Kansas.

For the second year in a row, Kicker Country Stampede is officially sold out of Premier, Preferred and Reserved Primitive campsites. For those fans who want the full Stampede experience, a very limited number of first come, first serve primitive campsites are available for $140 until Feb. 28. First come, first serve primitive campers are welcome to bring either a tent or RV. For more information on tickets and camping or for any of your Kicker Country Stampede needs, visit or call 800-795-8091.

VIP tickets are available for $530, four-day GA passes for $130, four-day, jump-the-line passes for $140, reserved seats for $260 until Feb. 28. Want to take advantage of our current pricing but don’t have the cash? Choose the EZ-Pay Plan at check out to split your payment up over five months. Use it to purchase tickets, camping or add-on options! For more information on tickets or for any of your Kicker Country Stampede needs, visit or call 800-795-8091.

Kicker Country Stampede offered a full-fan experience in 2014 with fun for attendees of any age. In addition to the main stage boasting the biggest names in country music, Steel Rodeo Tours provided non-stop, action packed freestyle motocross exhibitions. The Nashville Songwriters Association International Songwriters Tent featured established, as well as up-and-coming songwriters, including Lance Carpenter, Rob Northcutt Band, Tony Ramey and more. Kite’s Grille & Bar Tuttleville Stage once again showcased the best local talent the Midwest has to offer, including Tim Zach & The Whiskey Bent, County Road 5, Jared Daniels Band and more. Other activities included a carnival, mouth-watering vendor food, shopping, interactive exhibits and much, much more.

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Love and Theft to Release ‘Whiskey on My Breath’

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Love and Theft are releasing Whiskey On My Breath, a boundary-pushing new album, available February 10th. To celebrate they were invited to play the legendary Grand Ole Opry five times (Jan 30, Feb 6, 7, 13 & 20) and will also participate in Chords For A Cause, an evening of music benefitting Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt on January 27th in Nashville (full list of tour dates below.) The title track from the record is available now on iTunes.

Having already established themselves as one of country’s hottest young acts with such memorable hits as the #1 country smash “Angel Eyes” and the Top 10 hit “Runaway,” and their widely acclaimed albums World Wide Open and Love and Theft, Stephen Barker-Liles and Eric Gunderson, the singer-songwriter-guitarists, frontmen of Love and Theft, set out to make an album of meaningful songs and honest performances for their third record.

The result is Whiskey On My Breath a significant creative statement that takes the pair’s music to the next level. The album features largely acoustic arrangements that focus on their impassioned performances and distinctive vocal chemistry. Although several of the songs on the album are a departure in many respects, Whiskey On My Breath, won’t come as that much of a surprise to Love and Theft’s longtime fans, who’ll recognize the commitment to high-energy performances and emotionally forthright song craft that’s been the foundation of Love and Theft’s music from the start.

“In some ways, we’ve played it safe in the past, and I think we’re over that now,” Barker-Liles observes. “I don’t mind that songs like ‘Whiskey On My Breath’ may be a little controversial, because they’re honest, and I think that they’ll make people think about how they feel about life.” “The songs on this album show a side of us that’s legitimately us, and how we’ve grown up and matured in the time that we’ve been in this business,” continues Gunderson. “But there are plenty of songs on this album that are just good, fun songs, and that’s still a side of us too.”
Current Tour Dates:

Tues Jan 27 Nashville, TN Chords For A Cause Benefit @ Dan McGuiness Irish Pub
Fri Jan 30 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry @ The Ryman
Sat Jan 31 Fort Myers, FL Cat Country Rockin Rodeo
Fri Feb 6 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry
Sat Feb 7 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry
Fri Feb 13 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry
Fri Feb 20 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry
Sat Feb 21 Washington, DC National Press Club
Thurs Mar 5 Syracuse, NY Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill
Fri Mar 6 Foxborough, MA Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill
Fri Mar 13 Myrtle Beach, SC The Boathouse
Sat Mar 14 Columbia, SC St. Pats in 5 Points
Sat March 21 Melbourne, FL Runaway Country Music Festival
Sun Apr 12 Florence, AZ Country Thunder USA
Sun June 28 Manhattan, KS Country Stampede

*additional dates to be added; visit for the most up to date information

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