Nov. 14 proves special for Love and Theft
Monday, November 14, 2011
– Love and Theft released their debut single, Angel Eyes,
on RCA Records Nashville today.
It could be a lucky day as well for Love and Theft - Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson - because
Nov. 14 is Liles' mother Susie's birthday and Gunderson's mother Cheryl's birthday. Ironically, their mom's were also born the same year.
"You can't make this up," says Keith Gale, V.P. of National Promotion for RCA. "When Stephen and Eric told me that Nov. 14 was the birthday for both of their mom's, I thought that was cool. But when they told me their mom's were also born the same year, I thought, 'this is a really cool and authentic story.' We didn't have any idea that Nov. 14 was such a special day for Love and Theft until after we had chosen their add date. The guys told me about this while we were driving around the country on their radio promo tour."
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