If you were walking around London today, you may have noticed some of the city’s most recognised statues sporting pink cowboy hats. That might have something to do with The Shires, the biggest-selling UK Country act of all time, who release their new album ‘Accidentally On Purpose’ on Friday April 20th.
With Country being one of the biggest fashion trends for Winter 2018 and The Shires leading the way in the British Country music scene, Country took over London’s statues for one day only. Kensington Gardens’ Peter Pan, Leicester Square’s Charlie Chaplin and New Bond Street’s Roosevelt and Churchill were among the capital’s statues to model The Shires’ stetsons, adding a splash of colour to some of London’s most loved historical figures.
Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, The Shires’ new album combines massive Country-pop choruses and emotive words about their whirlwind journey, relationships and their time in the States. Increasingly, US Country music is taking influence from the mainstream with pop-inspired hooks, a sound that The Shires’ new album reflects.
“Our new album ‘Accidentally on Purpose’ is full of personal songs that really sums up the whirlwind journey we’ve been on together. From the day we met, we’ve been crazy dreamers with big plans, who really believed that Country could break into the UK mainstream. For all those dreams, we never imagined it would all happen so quickly and we’re so proud and excited to be releasing our third album.”
Ben and Crissie, The Shires
The new album features a track written by Ed Sheeran, a beautiful anthemic love song called ‘Stay The Night’ which was written by Ed after he met the band on a night out in America.
‘Guilty‘ the first single released from the new album has been BBC Radio 2’s Record of the Week and is currently on the A List.
After an incredible two years, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes – hailing from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire – have fast become a firm favourite in the music world. And now they’re making their mark in Nashville too.
The trailblazing duo will also be hitting the road this summer, performing their new music across the UK, including London’s Royal Albert Hall on 18th May.
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The Shires 2018 UK Tour dates:
May 12th: Guildford G Live
May 13th: Bournemouth Pavilion
May 14th: Cardiff St. David’s Hall
May 16th: Bristol Colston Hall
May 18th: London Royal Albert Hall
May 19th: Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
May 20th: Sheffield City Hall
May 22nd: Ipswich Regent Theatre
May 23rd: Cambridge Corn Exchange
May 24th: Oxford New Theatre
May 27th: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
May 28th: Gateshead The Sage
May 30th: Carlisle Sands Centre
May 31st: York Barbican
June 1st: Birmingham Symphony Hall
June 3rd: Stoke Victoria Hall
June 4th: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
June 5th: Llandudno Venue Cymru
June 6th: Manchester Bridgewater Hall
June 8th: Nottingham Royal Centre
June 9th: Brighton Dome
June 10th: Basingstoke The Anvil
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About The Shires
UK Country superstars The Shires first entered the history books in 2015, when their debut album ‘Brave’ became the first ever British Country album to enter the UK Top Ten. Their second album ‘My Universe’ also broke new ground by becoming the fastest-selling British country album of all time and reached the top three in the UK chart.
After an incredible two years, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes – hailing from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire – have fast become a firm favourite in the UK Country music scene. And now they’re making their mark in Nashville too.
With two Gold certified albums under their belt within 12 months of each other and 9 playlisted tracks across BBC Music, The Shires are back and they’re raring to go. They will be touring the UK from 12th May to 10th June – performing at venue across the UK including London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall.
Ben and Crissie met on Facebook and were spotted performing in a Bedfordshire pub. They quickly signed to a manager and a record deal with Decca followed close after. Prior to The Shires, Crissie was performing at weddings and Ben was a former chorister at Windsor Castle, even living in the grounds of the castle when he was a child. Ben sang a solo at the beginning of the Queen’s Christmas message in 1999.