UK Country superstars, The Shires, surprised their fans and shoppers in central London today when they hitched a lift down Oxford Street on the back of a vintage American 1957 Chevy pick-up truck. Arriving in style, to celebrate the release of their new album ‘My Universe’ this week, Ben Earle & Crissie Rhodes were delighted to be performing to adoring crowds at HMV today, as their second album is currently shooting up the UK album charts, landing at No.3 in today’s Midweek. ‘My Universe’ has already broken records by becoming the biggest-selling UK Country album in Week 1! The Shires of course hold the record for the biggest-selling UK Country album of all time, with their debut ‘Brave’ which has now gone Gold.
The Shires stated: “We are thrilled to see such a fantastic reaction to the release of our second album this week! It’s a very exciting time for UK country music. Thank you to all our fans for their support – it was wonderful to see you at HMV and we can’t wait to get back out on the road next month for our next UK Headline Tour.”
Ben and Crissie travelled in true Nashville style, arriving on the back of the truck to greet fans waiting at the store to celebrate the release of the album. Once inside HMV, the audience was treated to a set of new material from the new record, that has so far been winning them praise, five star reviews and new fans… most recently Robbie Williams, after they gave his smash hit ‘Angels’ a UK Country makeover on Chris Evans‘ Radio 2 Breakfast Show. ‘My Universe‘ has been Album of the Week at BBC Radio 2, with the first two singles, ‘Beats To Your Rhythm‘ and ‘My Universe‘ both A-listed at the station, and added to the Magic Playlist.
“A fantastic second album”
“Their place in the vanguard of homegrown country is assured”
“The Shires have achieved what once seemed impossible – beating America’s best to become the UK’s biggest-selling country act”
“The Shires are back with a treasure trove of new gonna-be smash hits”
The Shires new album ‘My Universe’ is out now on Decca Records
Watch The Shires cover Robbie Williams’ Angels live here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p049nllc
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.
The Shires tour the UK this winter, culminating in a headline performance at 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, but with their newly announced in-store dates, fans won’t have to wait too long to see them.
WINTER 2016 TOUR DATES
23rd Royal and Derngate, Northampton
24th St David’s Hall, Cardiff
25th Corn Exchange, Bedford
27th Cambridge Corn Exchange, Bedford
28th Colston Hall, Bristol
29th Brighton Dome, Brighton
2nd Venue Cymru, Llandudno
3rd Institute, Birmingham
4th Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
5th Sage, Gateshead
7th O2 ABC Glasgow, Glasgow
8th York Barbican, York
9th O2 Academy, Liverpool
11th O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London