Beautiful harmonies, magic melodies and heartfelt lyrics have made this country duo the hot topic on the tongues of some of music's biggest influencers. Both hailing from the countryside of southern England, many are surprised to learn their origins do not lie in the home of the genre, Nashville. That is not to say they don't pay homage to history, with references in their songs to both America and their home in the UK. New album Brave pulls all of their influences together in an 11 song journey of love, loss and hope. See it come to life in a series of live shows across the country - get The Shires tickets at StubHub UK.
Singer Crissie Rhodes began her career channelling country legend Dolly Parton in a series of gigs at weddings, pubs and clubs across the country. Guitarist and singer Ben Earle had a similar journey to fame, working as a solo artist and supporting acts like KT Tunstall on tour. After Earle realised he wanted to work in a duo he posted a message on Facebook, calling for a country partner to make some music with. Rhodes responded and by 2012 the pair had been included in BBC Radio 2's documentary Nashville UK, which looked at the rise in popularity of the genre in England.
Catching the attention of Decca Records, a signing in the UK led to a contract with Universal Music Group Nashville, leading the duo to become the first English country act to be signed by a major Nashville label. Making their mark on country radio shows and touring with the likes of Ward Thomas and Little Big Town put the band in a great position on releasing their debut album Brave in March 2015, peaking in the top ten of the UK music charts. Set to kick off their first headline tour, grab The Shires tickets from StubHub UK to soak up some of the country goodness.
Once you have picked up The Shires tickets at StubHub UK, why not have a look at the other country artists on tour in the UK in the near future? As one of The Shire's key influences, Kacey Musgraves is a must see, whilst the Zac Brown Band will have you dancing into the night.
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