Ahead of the release of their sophomore album ‘My Universe’ tomorrow, Sept 30th, UK Country superstars The Shires have released an exclusive acoustic performance of their track ‘Other People’s Things’.

The pair are joined on the performance by the song’s co-creator, Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt.

It was so easy to work with Nina on this live performance of Other People’s Things. We co-wrote the song and it was so nice to get the opportunity to perform it with her live, her voice blended so effortlessly with ours and helped bring another level of feeling to the emotions of the lyrics.
As The Shires’ album campaign in the UK builds, Following a packed secret gig for industry and fans to announce the album, talk of the second UK Country No 1 album is beginning to hit fever pitch. The band are also continuing to make significant steps to launching in the USA having already graced the stage at the famous Grand Ole Opry, adding their names alongside Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Garth Brooks and a veritable who’s who of country music who have all played at the famous Nashville landmark venue.

On their plans for the UK and US, The Shires said, ‎“It was great to go back to Nashville – and we have lots of plans for the US which will be announced in the coming months – but we are all about the UK right now – it’s an exciting time for UK country and if we were to have the next UK Country No.1, that would be a dream come true.”

Last year, The Shires made music history by becoming the first UK country act ever to have a Top 10 album. The duo have clearly been at the forefront of the British country music movement which has seen a sea change in the opinion of the British public, inspiring the success of other great UK country artists such Lewis & Leigh and Ward Thomas. Having paved the way for the genre, The Shires have seen the UK embrace the genre and UK bands making music inspired by US country artists.

This early success has been unparalleled – with the release of their debut album ‘Brave’ in 2015, The Shires became the biggest-selling country act in the UK last year (including US artists), and one of the biggest-selling breakthrough UK acts of any genre along with James Bay, Years & Years & Jess Glynn. Ben & Crissie continued to build a huge following, in fans and critics alike, landing 5 A list singles at BBC Radio 2 and appearing on a string of high profile TV shows including Graham Norton, BBC Music Awards, Children in Need Rocks and many more. The band were then given their first headline slot at Glastonbury this summer, topping the bill on the Acoustic Stage on Saturday night. Now with a No 1 album on the cards, and a headline tour the UK this winter, culminating in a headline performance at 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London – The Shires success is set to continue.

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