World Wide Open

Performers Love and Theft

Carolwood Records | May 11, 2010 | Compact Disc

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Personnel: Stephen Barker Liles (vocals); Jeff Coplan (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dobro, mandolin, Hammond b-3 organ, percussion); Tom Bukovac (electric guitar); Dan Dugmore (steel guitar); Kevin Haynie (banjo); Joe Caverlee (mandolin, fiddle); Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen (cello); Robert Ellis Orrall (Hammond b-3 organ, percussion); Chris McHugh, Greg Morrow, Shannon Forrest (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); David Hoffner (programming).
There have been numerous challengers over the years for the country-pop heavyweight title held by Rascal Flatts, but none of them really had a shot at dethroning the Flatts gang. Love and Theft, who are actually labelmates of Rascal Flatts' (via Lyric Street's sister imprint, Carolwood Records), have what it takes to bring down the champs. The trio--Brian Bandas, Eric Gunderson, and Stephen Barker Liles, all of whom play guitar and share lead vocal duties--create silky sweet harmonies that are as addictive as dime store taffy. Love and Theft's debut, the 11-track WORLD WIDE OPEN, is teeming with tasty pop melodies and delicious hooks. Bandas, Gunderson, and Liles had a hand in co-writing every song on the disc. The spirited first single, "Runaway"--a piece of pop finery that is pure ear candy--and "Can't Go Back"--a '70s tinted country rocker that recalls Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles--have serious crossover potential. Bandas, Gunderson, and Liles surround themselves with some of Nashville's best session players, including banjo ace Kevin Haynie (a solid singer/songwriter in his own right) who adds a bit of old-school seasoning to "Can't Go Back." "Slow Down" is one of those compositions that has "hit" written all over it. The harmonies, the lyrics, the music, and the production come together in such a way as to create a perfect song storm. "It's Up to You" contains a memorable chorus that seeps into your brain and rattles around for hours afterward. Love and Theft have managed to craft a debut that makes them contenders right out of the gate.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 11, 2010

Genre: Contemporary Country

Style: Country

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Carolwood Records

UPC: 050087123598

Found in: Contemporary Country

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World Wide Open

Performers Love and Theft

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 11, 2010

Genre: Contemporary Country

Style: Country

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Carolwood Records

UPC: 050087123598


Title Track Time
1.World Wide Open --
2.Runaway --
3.Dancing In Circles --
4.It's Up To You --
5.You To Miss --
6.Can't Go Back --
7.Don't Wake Me --
8.Freedom --
9.Slow Down --
10.Me Without You --
11.Drowning --
12.[CD-ROM Track] --

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Personnel: Stephen Barker Liles (vocals); Jeff Coplan (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dobro, mandolin, Hammond b-3 organ, percussion); Tom Bukovac (electric guitar); Dan Dugmore (steel guitar); Kevin Haynie (banjo); Joe Caverlee (mandolin, fiddle); Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen (cello); Robert Ellis Orrall (Hammond b-3 organ, percussion); Chris McHugh, Greg Morrow, Shannon Forrest (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); David Hoffner (programming).
There have been numerous challengers over the years for the country-pop heavyweight title held by Rascal Flatts, but none of them really had a shot at dethroning the Flatts gang. Love and Theft, who are actually labelmates of Rascal Flatts' (via Lyric Street's sister imprint, Carolwood Records), have what it takes to bring down the champs. The trio--Brian Bandas, Eric Gunderson, and Stephen Barker Liles, all of whom play guitar and share lead vocal duties--create silky sweet harmonies that are as addictive as dime store taffy. Love and Theft's debut, the 11-track WORLD WIDE OPEN, is teeming with tasty pop melodies and delicious hooks. Bandas, Gunderson, and Liles had a hand in co-writing every song on the disc. The spirited first single, "Runaway"--a piece of pop finery that is pure ear candy--and "Can't Go Back"--a '70s tinted country rocker that recalls Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles--have serious crossover potential. Bandas, Gunderson, and Liles surround themselves with some of Nashville's best session players, including banjo ace Kevin Haynie (a solid singer/songwriter in his own right) who adds a bit of old-school seasoning to "Can't Go Back." "Slow Down" is one of those compositions that has "hit" written all over it. The harmonies, the lyrics, the music, and the production come together in such a way as to create a perfect song storm. "It's Up to You" contains a memorable chorus that seeps into your brain and rattles around for hours afterward. Love and Theft have managed to craft a debut that makes them contenders right out of the gate.
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