UK country duo The Shires will be making the soundtrack to your summer Country this year, performing at a series of high profile music festivals and events including the just announced, Falmouth Week Festival in Cornwall as well as Cornbury, Platform, Lakes, Bracknell, Lytham, Castle Roc, Cottingham and supporting Sir Tom Jones at Bedford Park.This weekend the band made their headline debut at Glastonbury Festival – performing on the Acoustic stage to an audience of thousands, performing new songs from their soon to be announced second album, alongside tracks from their gold-selling debut album ‘Brave’. The set however was thrown into doubt when Ben Earle thought he may have to cancel the performance, or risk missing the birth of his son.
Crissie Rhodes, talking to the Press Association stated: “His fiancée gave birth this morning, of all mornings! We were scared because we’ve got Glastonbury tonight and we were hoping the baby would come before or at least after and just not on Glastonbury. But this morning, baby River, a little boy, was born.”*
The live dates will follow an intense period of song writing for the Shires, who have been working on their new album in Music City: Nashville, with top country music producers and recording their album at Sound Stage Studios, one of the most prestigious recording studios in Nashville, which has cut records for other country superstars such as Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum.
The Shires stated: “We are very excited to be getting back on the road again. We toured so much of last year it felt like we needed a break by Christmas but since we’ve been in the studio, our thoughts have returned to the road. We can’t wait to get back on that tour bus and play some of the new music we’ve been working on. The album is in full production now and we hope to have news on that soon – but we can definitely say it’s on the way.”
The first UK country act ever to have a top 10 album in their home country, The Shires have been at the forefront of the British Country music movement which has seen a sea change in the opinion of the British public, who have embraced the genre and UK bands making music inspired by US country artists. The Shires’ success has been unparalleled, with the band becoming one of the biggest breakthrough acts of 2015 (alongside the likes of James Bay and Years & Years), performing at Glastonbury Festival, the Grand Ole Opry and last year even saw their debut go Gold – a huge achievement for any British artist. Embraced by national radio in the UK, where they’ve had 7 play listed singles from one album, The Shires also made numerous TV appearances in promotion of their debut record, including performing at the BBC Music Awards and gracing the sofa on Graham Norton’s show alongside Ann Hathaway and Robert De Niro.