Happy Friday!


The biggest-selling UK Country act of all time, The Shires, unveil their brand new video to their single 'Guilty'. A riot of colour and with a playful narrative, this is the perfect visual for their new single which has already been described as a "Toe-taping sing-a-long hit".

Filmed on location in LA, the video sees Ben and Crissie playing petty criminals carrying out crimes in a laundrette, an American diner and eventually driving off in a police car, Bonnie and Clyde style. 

"From the moment we read the initial concept, we knew this video was going to be a lot of fun to shoot. We got to act a little more in this video - I even got handcuffed but the police. The location for the shoot was really cool, it was set at The Pink Motel in LA which has an 80’s vibe to it, with the bold, bright colours and a slight nod to 'Stranger Things’ which we love!"
                                                                                  Crissie Rhodes, The Shires

The new single ‘Guilty’ was released last Friday, March 9th 2018 and is the first track taken from their highly anticipated third album ‘Accidentally on Purpose’, due for release on 20th April 2018 through Decca Records. 

The infectious country/pop track ‘Guilty’ was written by the band during their trip to America last year and had it's World Exclusive 1st play on Radio 2 last week. 

"This song encapsulates our writing trip to Nashville back in October. Nashville really is a party town and there were parties almost every night, it was hard to turn down the invites. We were certainly Guilty of having a good time out there!! As soon as we received the demo back from our co-writer & producer Lindsay, Crissie played it as her warm up track while she got ready to go out! It always got her in the mood for a night of partying"                                                                 Ben Earle, The Shires


FIRST British act to ever win a prestigious Country Award in Nashville

TWO Gold certified albums

NINE playlisted singles across two albums

FASTEST-SELLING British Country album of all time for the second album 'My Universe'

FIRST EVER British Country album to enter UK Top Ten for their debut album 'Brave'
The band shared a teaser of the video last week on their social sites and eagle-eyed fans spotted that instead of food appearing on the menus, it was in fact a list of the tracks from their new album 'Accidentially on Purpose'.

Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, The Shires’ new album, combines massive Country-pop choruses and emotive words about their whirlwind journey, relationships and their time in the States. Increasingly, US Country music is taking influence from the mainstream with pop-inspired hooks, a sound that The Shires’ new album reflects.

The first single from the new album ‘Accidentally on Purpose’ had its world exclusive first play on BBC Radio 2 in early March. 

“Our new album 'Accidentally on Purpose' is full of personal songs that really sums up the whirlwind journey we’ve been on together. From the day we met, we’ve been crazy dreamers with big plans, who really believed that Country could break into the UK mainstream. For all those dreams, we never imagined it would all happen so quickly and we’re so proud and excited to be releasing our third album.”  
 Ben and Crissie, The Shires

The new album features a track written by Ed Sheeran, a beautiful anthemic love song called ‘Stay The Night’ which was written by Ed after he met the band on a night out in America. 

After an incredible two years, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes – hailing from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire – have fast become a firm favourite in the music world. And now they’re making their mark in Nashville too.

The trailblazing duo will also be hitting the road this summer, performing their new music across the UK, including London’s Royal Albert Hall on 18th May.

The Shires 2018 UK Tour dates:
May 12th: Guildford G Live
May 13th: Bournemouth Pavilion
May 14th: Cardiff St. David’s Hall
May 16th: Bristol Colston Hall
May 18th: London Royal Albert Hall
May 19th: Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
May 20th: Sheffield City Hall
May 22nd: Ipswich Regent Theatre
May 23rd: Cambridge Corn Exchange
May 24th: Oxford New Theatre
May 27th: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
May 28th: Gateshead The Sage
May 30th: Carlisle Sands Centre
May 31st: York Barbican
June 1st: Birmingham Symphony Hall
June 3rd: Stoke Victoria Hall
June 4th: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
June 5th: Llandudno Venue Cymru
June 6th: Manchester Bridgewater Hall
June 8th: Nottingham Royal Centre
June 9th: Brighton Dome 
June 10th: Basingstoke The Anvil

 Tickets are on sale now through See Tickets

About The Shires

UK Country superstars The Shires first entered the history books in 2015, when their debut album ‘Brave’ became the first ever British Country album to enter the UK Top Ten. Their second album ‘My Universe’ also broke new ground by becoming the fastest-selling British country album of all time and reached the top three in the UK chart.

After an incredible two years, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes – hailing from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire – have fast become a firm favourite in the UK Country music scene. And now they’re making their mark in Nashville too.

With two gold certified albums under their belt within 12 months of each other and 9 playlisted tracks across BBC Music, The Shires are back and they’re raring to go. They will be touring the UK from 12th May to 10th June – performing at venue across the UK including London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall.