World Wide Open

World Wide Open

by Love and Theft
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World Wide Open

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2009
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0050087123598
catalogNumber: 000213502

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Performance Credits

Love and Theft   Primary Artist
Robert Ellis Orrall   Percussion,Hammond B3
Eric Darken   Percussion
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Chris McHugh   Drums
Greg Morrow   Drums
Jeff Coplan   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Dobro,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Hammond B3
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Cello
Joe Caverlee   Fiddle,Mandolin
Kevin Haynie   Banjo
Darren Theriault   Bass
Stephen Barker Liles   Vocals

Technical Credits

Robert Ellis Orrall   Composer,Producer
David Hoffner   Programming
Jay Joyce   Composer
Jeff Coplan   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Brad Warren   Composer
Brett Warren   Composer
Rob Blackledge   Composer
Danny Orton   Composer
Stephen Barker Liles   Composer
Chris Carpenter   Composer
Roger Springer   Composer

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