Happy Tuesday!
The new single from their top 3 album
'Accidentally On Purpose'

Today The Shires announce 'Sleepwalk' as the second single to be released from their top 3 album 'Accidentally On Purpose'

This new ballad is a heartfelt song about eternal love and two hearts that won’t be denied, with beautiful lyrics including “I’ll meet you in my dreams tonight...sleepwalk with me” and “I will love you until the stars fall from the sky”.

"The moment we finished recording this track in Nashville, we knew it was special. It’s a love song from both a male and female perspective with a really beautiful sentiment. 

To us it’s the perfect summer love song – and perhaps even a wedding first dance too”.                                                Ben and Crissie, The Shires

The UK's most successful Country act of all time release 'Sleepwalk' as the follow up to their single 'Guilty' which was A list on Radio 2.

This new single continues their incredible success, with their third album 'Accidentally On Purpose' entering the UK Album Chart at Number 3 last week.

Pushing George Ezra to 4th place, The Shires entered the chart above rapper 'Nines', 'Sting & Shaggy' and Amercian rock band 'Black Stone Cherry'.

With over 55 reviews of the album, including 4 Star reviews, The Shires, Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle, have proved that their Country music really is connecting with mainstream audiences and media, with recent appearances and coverage including The Sunday TimesThe SunDaily MailEvening StandardThe ExpressMetroOK!, The One Show, BBC BreakfastSky Sunrise and Zoe Ball on Sunday.

With Album of the Week on Radio 2 and sessions on BBC 5 LiveRadio 4 and BBC London, their single 'Guilty' was the most played single onMagic and the 2nd most played song on BBC Radio 2.

The album position rounded off an exciting week for The Shires who had a big surprise in store for their fans at their album signing at HMV Oxford Street on Tuesday night. Arriving in style in an American police car, The Shires played homage to the theme of their 'Guilty' music video and blared the track from the sirens as they arrived on Oxford Street.

Handcuffed to one another in black and white convict t-shirts, The Shires were assisted from the vehicle by their chauffeur; an American cop. Crowds of fans gathered to watch the band give an exclusive performance before an album signing to celebrate the release of 'Accidentally On Purpose'. 

This chart position signals an exciting start to the campaign, with a UK tour starting on May 12th, including a date at London's Royal Albert Hall on May 18thmaking them the first ever British Country act to perform at the iconic venue.

On Friday 13th July, The Shires will be supporting Michael Bublé at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

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'

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.

“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 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.

Ben and Crissie met on Facebook and were spotted performing in a Bedfordshire pub. They quickly signed to a manager and a record deal with Decca followed close after. Prior to The Shires, Crissie was performing at weddings and Ben was a former chorister at Windsor Castle, even living in the grounds of the castle when he was a child. Ben sang a solo at the beginning of the Queen's Christmas message in 1999.