In March 2015, The Shires’ (Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes) debut album ‘Brave’ became the first British country album ever to enter the UK Top 10 - signalling an amazing breakthrough for the English duo and confirmed that the attitude to country music in the UK had changed for good. By the end of the year, the album was certified Gold, and it was official: Britain had some home-grown country to be proud of, crafted by artists not from Tennessee or Texas, but Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
Their follow-up album ‘My Universe’ has the Shires in the most confident writing and performing form of their careers. The album builds on The Shires’ reputation as the UK’s biggest country act, with huge tracks such as lead single ‘Beats to Your Rhythm’ an infectious summer smash, the foot stomping ‘Not Even Drunk Right Now’ and the heartfelt ballad ‘Daddy’s Little Girl.’ The album also continues to showcase The Shires' trademark beautiful harmonies, which come naturally Ben and Crissie, whose voices blend together perfectly as they share lead vocals.
So now the new album is ready to become the next instalment in the breathless rise and rise of The Shires. “The whole thing's a big step up really, the sound of it is just a lot bigger,” says Ben. ‘My Universe’ is all about The Shires' universe, and it's all set to become part of everyone else's.