On The Row: Love And Theft Play Some Tunes From A Fresh Era

Love and Theft. Photo: Haley Crow/MusicRow

Country duo Love and Theft stopped by the MusicRow offices to play some new tunes from a fresh era and partnership at Curb Records.

The first tune the pair played, a Jon Nite and Brock Berryhill co-write, was a Big & Rich-esque jam called “Need To Breathe.”

The two then went into the ironically bouncy “You Didn’t Want Me.” “We wrote this song a while back and kind of held onto it,” said Stephen Barker Liles, who takes the lead on the track. “We recorded it at Sony and when we went over to Curb, we talked them into buying the rights to it. That was one of the things that was cool about Curb.”

The stand-out tune of Love and Theft’s visit was their yearning, catchy new single “Gimme Tonight.”


Love and Theft are preparing to go out on the road with Charlie Daniels and Travis Tritt, and are trickling out music for their fans via streaming services. “Hopefully we will be going to radio soon, but if not we’re still able to tour off streaming stuff, so that’s pretty good,” Liles said.

The visit was a full-circle moment for the duo. “The only music magazine cover we’ve ever been on is yours,” Eric Gunderson said. “I still have it in my studio.”

Pictured: Love and Theft with MusicRow Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson. Photo: Haley Crow/MusicRow


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