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Months before country duo Love and Theft dropped their platinum-selling hit song “Angel Eyes”, they worked into their live shows to see how their fans would respond.
“We’re gonna play a brand new song,” Stephen Barker Liles told the crowd. “We got some new music that we’re finishing up right now. This is the second time we’ve ever played this song. This song’s called ‘Angel Eyes'”.
Liles, along with his Love and Theft bandmate Eric Gunderson, performed at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill in Mesa, Arizona on February 19, 2011, and as you can hear in the video below, fans were already singing along even though they didn’t release it to country radio until November 14, 2011!
Liles began the song solo and Gunderson joined him for the chorus, then took over lead vocals for the second verse. Looks like the fans enjoyed the song enough at live shows for the duo to release it as a single, where it shot to No. 1 on the Billboard country chart.
The song has stood the test of time, seeing as it’s still a fan favorite at their live shows over six years later. Watch the throwback performance of their No. 1 hit “Angel Eyes” below.