November 14, 2013

UUB Concerts: Love and Theft, featuring Canaan Smith
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Union Grand Ballroom
Description: Tickets:
Students: $10/advance; $15/Door
Public: $15/ advance; $20/door
Hainline Box Office Hours: 12-5PM
Online sales through Hainline Box Office website.

Both from the South and very much in favor of embracing their country roots, this duo captures an organic country sound for their current album. ""Love and Theft" is Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson’s first album since joining RCA Nashville, the home to many of their musical inspirations. “We feel like people will be hearing us for the first time,” says Eric. Stephen agrees and credits the label’s storied history with helping to reenergize the band. “The history of RCA Records is incredible. Just knowing that we are on the same label as some of our biggest influences, like Elvis Presley, is an awesome feeling.”

Produced by Josh Leo (Alabama, Nitty Gritty Dirty Band), "Love and Theft" is a nod to the duo’s varied influences. “She’s Amazing” evokes the brilliant harmonies of the Eagles. The seductive “Amen” channels all the yearning of Roy Orbison. And the rollicking first single “Angel Eyes”—which scored the twosome their first CMT Music Awards nomination for Duo Video of the Year—brings to mind Elvis Presley’s “(You’re the) Devil in Disguise.”

Elvis, Roy Orbison, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were key influences and the baseline for their musical tastes while growing up. "It was cool to grow up that way, and that’s still my favorite kind of music,” explains Eric.

Already proven to deliver a great concert in Macomb last year, Love and Theft is set to bring back the energy, excitement and talent to WIU's campus audience.
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Contact Information:
 Krystal Matuck/Amanda Gilbert
 Phone: 309-298-3232
Source: University Union Board

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