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The Shires Announce New Album '10 Year Plan' With Lead Single I See Stars

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

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The Shires have announced their new album.

The British country duo will release '10 Year Plan' on March 11, following up 2020's 'Good Years'. As a taster, they've dropped the lead single, I See Stars, which premiered on Zoe Ball's Breakfast Show on Radio 2 earlier today (January 26).

Fusing country sensibilities with pop and folk leanings, the stirring track was written by one half of the duo, Ben Earle, with Jeff Cohen, who also assisted with past songs Daddy's Little Girl and A Thousand Hallelujahs. Earle said:

"We love the Coldplay/Greatest Showman vibes on this! It's not trying to be clever, it’s just really uplifting and big and positive. It’s another one that has arena vibes – I can picture us being up there on a massive stage with everyone singing along."

Co-vocalist Crissie Rhodes added: "We wanted to get our music to Bob Harris, and we wanted a thousand Facebook followers. At the time that seemed crazy, but Ben was committed to it.

"The number of people enjoying country music has exploded in the UK, but it still feels like an undercurrent. Even recently, we’ve had people come to our shows and say they were surprised, because they didn’t think country was for them!"

The pair are currently on the road for an intimate acoustic tour, and play Glasgow's St Luke's on February 1. They'll embark on a rescheduled headline trek in April, which includes a huge show at the London Palladium on May 24. Tickets are on sale now.

'10 Year Plan' tracklist:

1. Cut Me Loose
2. Sparks Fly
3. Side By Side
4. Plot Twist
5. Ten Year Plan
6. I See Stars
7. Bar Without You
8. Baby We’re Rich
9. Skydive
10. Wild Heart
11. Forever Tonight
12. Peggy I’m Sorry
13. When It Hurts

The Shires Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu January 27 2022 - SUNDERLAND Fire Station
Fri January 28 2022 - STROUD Sub Rooms
Tue February 01 2022 - GLASGOW St Lukes
Thu April 21 2022 - DORSET Weymouth Pavilion
Fri April 22 2022 - ABERYSTWYTH Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Sat April 23 2022 - CARDIFF St David's Hall
Mon April 25 2022 - BRIGHTON Brighton Dome
Wed April 27 2022 - BASINGSTOKE Anvil
Thu April 28 2022 - TORQUAY Princess Theatre
Sat April 30 2022 - STOKE Victoria Hall
Sun May 01 2022 - BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Mon May 02 2022 - LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall
Wed May 04 2022 - CARLISLE Sands Centre
Thu May 05 2022 - GATESHEAD Sage Gateshead, Sage One
Fri May 06 2022 - YORK York Barbican Centre
Sun May 08 2022 - EDINBURGH Liquid Room
Mon May 09 2022 - ABERDEEN Beach Ballroom
Wed May 11 2022 - LINCOLN Engine Shed
Thu May 12 2022 - FOLKESTONE Leas Cliff Hall
Fri May 13 2022 - BEDFORD Bedford Corn Exchange
Sun May 15 2022 - CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Mon May 16 2022 - MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall
Tue May 17 2022 - BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
Thu May 19 2022 - OXFORD New Theatre - Oxford
Fri May 20 2022 - GUILDFORD G Live
Sat May 21 2022 - IPSWICH Regent Theatre
Mon May 23 2022 - NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall
Tue May 24 2022 - LONDON London Palladium

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