The Shires are an English country pop band from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire consisting of Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes.
Formed in 2013, the band signed to Decca and released their debut EP, The Green Note EP in 2014, followed by their debut album, Brave, in 2015, which hit #10 in the UK Albums Chart. The band released 'My Universe' in October 2016 and followed it up with their latest, 'Accidentally On Purpose', in April 2018.
The band have headlined their own shows and tours across the UK and Australia as well as having supported the likes of Ward Thomas, Little Big Town and The Corrs, as well as having appeared at festivals such as C2C: Country to Country.
The Shires will tour the UK throughout May and June, and have also joined the bill for the Edinburgh Summer Sessions in August. Catch them live by checking out the tour dates and concert ticket information below on Stereoboard.
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Thu 26th Apr 2018
It’ll rather be amusing if anyone accuses the Shires of selling out to the world of American pop-country on their third album. The British duo were clearly edging further in that direction on 2016’s ‘My Universe’ anyway, so it only took a small step for Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes to fully embrace that style and deliver ‘Accidentally on Purpose’, a fine album that’s tailor-made to crack the US market.
Mon 5th Dec 2016
When it comes to British country duo The Shires, the word remarkable seems apt. After only three years as a band the achievements and accolades they’ve accrued are impressive enough, but considering they’ve done it playing a style of music that, not so long ago, was about as welcome on this side of the Atlantic as a fox in a hen house, their story is all the more interesting.