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The Shires surprise fans at HMV Oxford Street!

Wednesday 5th October, 2016

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’  - Ben & Crissie were delighted to be performing to the crowds at HMV!

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WATCH The Shires cover ‘Angels’ in front of Robbie Williams!

Saturday 1st October, 2016

The Shires joined Robbie Williams, Mark Strong, Michael Pena and Anne Robinson on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show yesterday morning! LISTEN back to their live performances of Beats To Your Rhythm, State Lines, My Universe and – yes, a cover of Robbie’s hit Angels – right in front of him!



Live instore performances & album signings at HMV!

Wednesday 28th September, 2016

The Shires will be visiting HMV stores across the UK to celebrate the release of My Universe!

See the band perform live and get your album signed in Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, London and Manchester! Space is limited – reserve tickets or find out more details on entry at hmv.com

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EXCLUSIVE first listen of all the new ‘My Universe’ tracks!

Tuesday 27th September, 2016

With the release of My Universe imminent, The Shires are ready to share their new music with you!

Click HERE to listen to each track on the album ahead of release! Fitting in with the title’s theme, the interactive site allows fans to click on the cosmic scenery and not only get to preview each track & their lyrics but also be offered a chance to win tickets to an upcoming show on their UK tour!

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Watch the video for ‘My Universe’ & learn about #ITCANWAIT

Monday 19th September, 2016

The Shires have announced the release of the second single ‘My Universe’  from their hotly anticipated second album, out 30 September!

The emotional new country pop track was inspired by key moments in the band’s lives, including the birth of Ben’s first son, and anniversary of Crissie’s father’s passing. Heartfelt and sincere, the poignant summer anthem, with its building drums and guitars, declares we must value the ones we love and treasure the time we have with them. The Shires stated, “We wanted a song that summed up all of the emotion we were feeling at these significant times in our lives, but in a way that everyone can relate too. They make you take stock and treasure the people you have close to you.”

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Announcing the new album ‘My Universe’ – out September 30th!

Saturday 30th July, 2016

The Shires have announced their hotly anticipated second album ‘My Universe’, out on 30th September 2016 and available to pre-order now from iTunes,  AmazonHMV and Google Play.

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The New Single ‘Beats To Your Rhythm’ – out now!

Friday 29th July, 2016

The Shires have released the first single from their hotly anticipated second album ‘My Universe’ – download or stream ‘Beats To Your Rhythm’ now!

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The Shires are headlining the acoustic stage at Glastonbury!!

Thursday 2nd June, 2016

The Shires will headline the acoustic stage at Glastonbury on June 25th.

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The Shires join forces with the Royal British Legion for ‘Brave’ video

Monday 9th November, 2015

The Shires are very proud to share this moving video made with the Royal British Legion, asking what it means to be BRAVE, featuring servicemen and cadets.

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I Just Wanna Love You is the next single from Brave

Saturday 10th October, 2015

The Shires have announced fan favourite ‘I Just Wanna Love You’ as the latest single from their record-breaking album ‘Brave’. Listen now & watch out for the official video coming soon!

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The Shires perform ‘All Over Again’ on The Graham Norton Show!

Saturday 3rd October, 2015

Ben & Crissie joined a superstar line-up on Graham’s couch!

Watch the full episode now on BBC iPlayer

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WATCH NOW: All Over Again festival lyric video

Monday 28th September, 2015

Thanks to everyone who sent in their photos and videos of The Shires at festivals over summer!
The video is now live on Youtube – check it out below

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The Shires open for Carrie Underwood at the Apple Music Festival!

Thursday 17th September, 2015

The Shires, performed alongside US Country star Carrie Underwood at this year’s Apple Music Festival London, at the Roundhouse on Monday 21 September!

The Shires said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be added to the Apple Music Festival London line up. We are huge fans of Carrie, so to be sharing the stage with her will be an incredible experience. Country music is continuing to become more and more popular in the UK, and it’s great that Apple are acknowledging the genre with an evening devoted exclusively to country music at the festival.”

WATCH at http://www.applemusicfestival.com


The Shires perform at BBC Radio 2′s Festival In a Day!

Monday 14th September, 2015

The Shires performed to a crowd of over 55,000 at Hyde Park, opening BBC Radio 2′s Festival.
Watch their full set now – including Friday Night & State Lines plus two tracks with Ward Thomas!

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The Shires play BBC Scotland’s The Quay Sessions

Saturday 12th September, 2015

Ben & Crissie recently performed at BBC Radio Scotland’s Quay Sessions in Glasgow! You can watch the full session online here.
And check out their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ below!

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The Shires perform at Sofar Sounds London

Thursday 20th August, 2015

The Shires performed a secret show in London as part of UberLive – a one day on-demand promotion which saw Uber host secret gigs, attended exclusively by Uber users and hosted in 6 different cities across the UK including: Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds and London. The event was in partnership with live music video platform: Sofar Sounds, who helped coordinate the innovative, live music experience.

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Wednesday 8th July, 2015

Help make a new music video for The Shires! The band are playing a lot of festivals this Summer and we want your video clips – stage, crowd, tent shots – EVERYTHING! Go to fanfootage.com HERE to find out how to get your videos to us.

REMEMBER! Hold your phone sideways when recording!

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The Shires surprise Glastonbury with Nashville TV star Sam Palladio!

Wednesday 1st July, 2015

The Shires made their Glastonbury debut to a packed Acoustic Tent last Sunday – performing all the hits from their debut album as well as giving the audience a HUGE surprise. Star of TV show ‘Nashville’ and fellow Brit Sam Palladio joined them on stage to perform Striking Matches & Nashville TV Show favourite ‘I Ain’t Leaving Without Your Love’

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The Shires make their Grand Ole Opry debut!

Saturday 6th June, 2015

Ben & Crissie have ticked off another dream on their wish-list by appearing at the home of country music, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Introduced by Country Music Hall of Fame member Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, the duo performed two songs – Nashville Grey Skies & Only Midnight.

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WIN a trip to Nashville to see The Shires Opry Debut!

Tuesday 19th May, 2015

The Shires are performing at the Grand Ole Opry on June 6th and YOU could be there! We’ve teamed up with UTV Radio Network & VisitMusicCity.com to give away this AMAZING prize! Just click here to enter:  http://po.st/WinNashville

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The Shires release their new video for State Lines

Tuesday 19th May, 2015

The Shires new single State Lines has been playlisted on BBC Radio 2, Magic FM and many other stations all over the UK – now watch the music video!

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The Shires head to Nashville to perform at CMAFest!

Thursday 23rd April, 2015

Each June, Country Music enthusiasts from around the world travel to Nashville for CMA Music Festival. But fans aren’t the only ones crossing borders to attend the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience; international Country artists also make the pilgrimage to Music City each year to perform at CMA World GlobaLive!, a free, international Country Music showcase on Monday, June 8 (6:00-11:15 PM/CT) in downtown Nashville.

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The Shires headline London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire!

Friday 17th April, 2015

The Shires will play their biggest headline show to date on October 24th at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Tickets are on sale NOW – don’t miss out and get yours right here!

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The Shires to make their Opry debut!

Tuesday 14th April, 2015

The Shires will make their debut at the famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on June 6th! Tickets for the show are available here




Monday 9th March, 2015

In a ground-breaking chart first, The Shires have become the first British country band to reach the Top 10 in the Official UK Album Chart with their debut ‘Brave’, released this week.

The duo, who recently became the first UK signing to the re-launched Decca Nashville label, have today reached No.10 in the charts. Having overtaken Hozier, and just behind Paloma Faith, The Shires now sit comfortably alongside mainstream pop acts such as Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.

Official Charts Company Chief Executive Martin Talbot, confirmed this unprecedented achievement, “This is a fantastic feat by this young British country duo. No country act has ever made this kind of impact on the chart before – it is truly remarkable.”

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The Shires Live Backstage at C2C on BBC Radio 2 Country!

Sunday 8th March, 2015

The Shires did a very special live session for DAB station BBC Radio 2 country backstage at C2C 2015 in The O2 London.

Take a listen back to “Nashville Grey Skies” & “Made In England” here


BRAVE IS OUT NOW! #UKCountry4Top10

Monday 2nd March, 2015

The Shires debut album ‘BRAVE‘ is out now! They duo are on course to become the first UK country band EVER to chart in the overall UK Top 10 album charts! A huge movement for country music in the UK! Show your support by tweeting #UKCOUNTRY4TOP10   

Get your copy of Brave now from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play or stream on Spotify

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The Shires cover their favourite BRITs 2015 songs!

Thursday 26th February, 2015

Watch Ben & Crissie put their spin on their favourite BRITs 2015 songs – including Ed Sheeran, One Direction, John Legend, Taylor Swift and more!



In-store performances & album signings!

Thursday 26th February, 2015

See The Shires perform songs from ‘Brave’ and get your album signed next week! Ben & Crissie will be at Fopp in Covent Garden, HMV Manchester & HMV Newcastle – all you need to do is turn up!

Don’t miss out and go meet The Shires – see more info at http://www.hmv.com/hmvlive/the-shires


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Go Behind The Scenes on the Friday Night Video Shoot!

Tuesday 17th February, 2015

Ben & Crissie went to LA in December 2014 to shoot their video for their hit single Friday Night! Go behind the scenes on the shoot in this video!

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The Shires celebrate The Grammys with a new video!

Friday 13th February, 2015

In honour of the 2015 Grammy Awards – Ben & Crissie have covered some of their favourite winning songs!

Click below to watch The Shires sing ‘Happy’ by Pharrell, ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen, ‘Stay With Me’ by Sam Smith and Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’


Share a romantic lyric and song with your Valentine!

Thursday 12th February, 2015

Something fun for Valentine’s Day! Many of the tracks on Brave have romantic lyrics – and we’ve made it easy for you to send it to your Valentine right here: http://theshiresmusic.com/lyrics

Click the button and you’ll get a lyric and track from Brave and the song it comes from. Then hit the Facebook or Twitter button, tag someone special & share!

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The Shires cover Lady A, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore & Florida Georgia Line!

Friday 30th January, 2015

To celebrate the announcement that The shires will be performing on the pop-up stages at C2C 2015 – they did a mix of some of the headliner’s hits! Take a listen below…


Be Part Of The ‘Friday Night’ Fan Video!

Friday 30th January, 2015

Join in on the Friday Night fun and be part of The Shires evolving Instagram video! Take a look here: http://po.st/fnfanvid and you could also WIN tickets to The Shires ‘Brave’ album launch party!

Here’s what you need to do:

Upload a clip of your Friday night to Instagram with the hashtag #theshiresfridaynight 


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The Shires will be performing at C2C 2015!

Thursday 29th January, 2015

One year after their breakthrough performance at C2C in The O2, The Shires have been invited back for even more performances! 

In the arena for the very first time, there will be a Satellite Stage which will be located behind the sound desks at the opposite end of the arena to the main stage.  The Shires join US star Sam Hunt on this line-up with more to be announced.

They’ll also make a return to the pop-up stages on both days of the festival! Check out all the details at c2c-countrytocountry.com



The Shires 2015 Headline tour tickets on sale now!

Tuesday 20th January, 2015

The Shires are going on tour this April! See the dates below and get your tickets now!!


    APRIL 8 – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
    APRIL 9 – GATESHEAD – Sage Gateshead
    APRIL 10 – GLASGOW – Òran Mór

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Watch the video for ‘Friday Night’ now!

Friday 16th January, 2015

In December 2014, Ben & Crissie flew out to LA to shoot the vidoe for their brand new single ‘Friday Night’- a fun filled video featuring actor Mark Boone Junior from ‘Sons of Anarchy’, as well as a group of US championship skateboarders.

From their eagerly awaited debut album ‘Brave’, this contagious singalong track is further proof that the hotly-tipped twosome know how to craft a catchy chorus. ‘Friday Night’ is sure to become an end-of-the-week anthem for all those ‘9 to 5’ers.

Pre-order ‘Brave’ on iTunes and you’ll get Friday Night right now!


The Shires live on Chris Evans!

Friday 16th January, 2015

The Shires were live on Chris Evans BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show, announcing their upcoming UK tour and new video for Friday Night!

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BRAVE album cover & tracklist revealed!

Friday 19th December, 2014

The Shires have revealed the cover and tracklist of their debut album Brave! Due out on March 2nd 2015, an 11 track standard as well as deluxe editions are available to order now.

Pre-order from the official store before January 9th & you will be entered into a draw for the chance to WIN entry to a special fan event in London around the release of the album!

Standard CD:
Official Store

Digital Deluxe:
iTunes – exclusive includes additional track ‘Young Hearts’ & instant download of ‘I Just Wanna Love You



1. Tonight

 2. Nashville Grey Skies

3. Brave

4. Friday Night

5. I Just Wanna Love You

6. All Over Again

7. Jekyll and Hyde

8. State Lines

9. Black and White

10. Made in England

11. How Many Love Songs


12. Only Midnight

13. Islands In The Stream

14. Drink You Away

15. Young Hearts – (iTunes Exclusive)



The Shires go on tour with Little Big Town!

Tuesday 9th December, 2014

US country superstars Little Big Town are coming to the UK in February 2015 & The Shires will be supporting! Tickets are on sale Friday December 12th for 3 dates in London, Manchester & Glasgow.

Get yours here

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The Green Note EP hits #1 on iTunes!

Wednesday 12th November, 2014

The Shires live EP has hit #1 on the UK iTunes Country music chart! Recorded at Green Note in London, the 5 track EP is available to download or stream now, along with a limited number of CDs you can only get on the HomeGrown Tour.
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The Shires & Ward Thomas cover a Nashville TV show hit!

Tuesday 28th October, 2014

Ahead of their HomeGrown Tour, The Shires & Ward Thomas teamed up to cover the Striking Matches ‘I Ain’t Leaving Without Your Love’ which you may know from the hit TV show Nashville! Watch the clip now or see them perform the track live on tour
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Covering Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers on BBC Radio 2s ‘Sounds Of The 80s’ album

Thursday 23rd October, 2014

‘Sounds of the 80s’ is a unique collection of 37 tracks celebrating music’s biggest and most diverse decade. The album, which takes its name from Sara Cox’s popular show on Radio 2, is made up of exclusive cover versions of 80s hits, from some of 2014′s most popular current artists.
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The Shires are the latest Coffee House Sessions artists

Monday 8th September, 2014

As the latest Coffee House Sessions artists, Ben & Crissie are off visiting SUs around the UK and you can see them for FREE!
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Announcing the HomeGrown Tour with Ward Thomas

Wednesday 20th August, 2014

The Shires are heading out around the UK & Ireland to co-headline a new tour with fellow UK country act Ward Thomas! Both bands have come a long way since playing the pop-up stages of C2C at the O2 in March 2014, each having an A-listed track on BBC Radio 2 plus an iTunes UK Country No.1! True advocates of the Nashville sound, both duos look set for international stardom.

The seeds for this tour were sown when the two bands ran into each other in a road house in Nashville while both paying pilgrimage to their spiritual home. The chance to take their shared message out on the road together seemed too good to miss and the ‘Home-Grown Tour’ was born.
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New single ‘Tonight’ out now

Friday 11th July, 2014

Fresh from the runaway success of their debut single Nashville Grey Skies, The Shires have released their brand new track Tonight – a fantastic contemporary anthem telling a beautifully melodic tale of young love we can all relate to.
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The Shires make their debut TV appearance!

Thursday 10th July, 2014

The Shires have made their very first TV appearance on The Weekend With Aled Jones performing ‘Tonight’.
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The Shires release their very first single ‘Nashville Grey Skies’

Friday 4th April, 2014

This thoroughly refreshing debut single is a heartfelt anthem to living the country lifestyle and bringing a little of that spirit to their home here in England.
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Ben & Crissie head to Nashville to record their debut album

Monday 24th March, 2014

Already shaping up to be a smash hit, the duo have sat down to write with the likes of Steve McEwan (Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood) and Play Productions (Rascal Flatts).
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The Shires sign to Decca Records & perform at C2C 2014!

Tuesday 18th March, 2014

Formed on 2013 in the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire countryside, due to their shared love of the classic ‘Nashville’ country sound, The Shires – two young songwriters, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes – have swiftly become one of the real buzz bands of 2014.
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