FROM THEIR TOP 5 ALBUM ‘10 YEAR PLAN’ – LISTEN HERE
“Soaring harmonies form the framework of The Shires’ songs, showering their captivating melodies with a richness that encapsulates the essence and romanticism of traditional country.” – The Line of Best Fit
“Crissie and Ben have perfected the euphoria of Taylor Swift’s early style… Here’s to 10 more years.” – 4* Sunday Express
“Another breakthrough singalong anthem to add to the duo’s ever-growing collection of timeless tunes.” – Wonderland
“The Shires have become the face of UK country music, the champions… 10 Year Plan is for us, their best album yet.” – Building Our Own Nashville
The Shires’ status as the UK’s biggest country music export has continued with the release of their new album ‘10 Year Plan’. The album went straight to #5 on the UK’s Official Album Chart, making it their fourth consecutive Top 5 album. All five of their studio albums have hit #1 on the UK Country charts, resulting in over 100 million streams, two Gold-certified albums and another that reached Silver status.
Now The Shires line up a big summer of touring as they share the new single ‘Cut Me Loose’. LISTEN HERE. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
‘Cut Me Loose’ is a colourful blast of country-pop euphoria that recalls early classics by Taylor Swift and Lady A. The song is ignited with the joyous rush of its chorus, as licks of pedal steel guitar are complemented by thunderous percussion. It’s a song that provides the space for Crissie Rhodes to showcase her astounding voice as she belts out its hook with raw passion.
The song was produced by Lindsay Rimes (Kelsea Ballerini,Kane Brown), and was written by Justin Ebach (Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay) and Lizzy McAvoy (her second collaboration with The Shires after co-writing ‘Speechless’ with Ben Earle).
Crissie says, “Ben was at a bar in Nashville at a writer’s round and saw someone singing this song, back in 2015. He loved it, and we ended up recording it all those years ago, but it never quite fit on any of our previous records. And I just championed it, I asked if we could have it on this album – I love to sing it so much, it’s an absolute jam. It’s also interesting that if you listen to our first two albums, we share vocals on each track pretty equally, but now we give one another opportunities to take the lead, and that’s the case here with me.”
The Shires release ‘Cut Me Loose’ alongside a performance video, which demonstrates just how explosive the song will be at future live shows. Crissie’s voice is pure power and passion, while Ben’s backing vocals add another touch of class as he leads a full live band. ‘Cut Me Loose’ is the fourth live video that The Shires filmed during sessions at The Roost in Hackney, London with director Jackson Ducasse (Dua Lipa, James Bay, Clean Bandit) after ‘Wild Hearts’ and ‘I See Stars’.
‘10 Year Plan’ sees The Shires – Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes – taking all of their biggest influences and condensing them into one cohesive, confident record. Greeted by diverse critical acclaim which has included tastemaker media, daily newspapers and country specialists, the album has also been supported with ongoing airplay at Radio 2 (an A-list, Album of the Week, a Record of the Week for ‘I See Stars’, and premieres from Zoe Ball and Bob Harris) and a special daytime TV appearance on ‘This Morning’.
The Shires began an extensive UK headline tour last night in Weymouth which culminates with a prestigious show at the London Palladium. Their summer festival schedule is also taking shape. They will headline the Castell Roc Music Festival and will play A Perfect Day Festival on a line-up featuring David Gray, James Morrison, Tom Odell and many more. Remaining tickets for the shows, listed below, are available HERE.
APRIL – HEADLINE TOUR
22nd Aberystwyth, UK, Aberystwyth Arts Centre Great Hall
23rd Cardiff, UK, St David’s Hall
25th Brighton, UK, Dome
27th Basingstoke, UK, The Anvil
28th Torquay, UK, Princess Theatre
30th Stoke On Trent, UK, Victoria Hall Stoke
MAY – HEADLINE TOUR
1st Bristol, UK, O2 Academy Bristol
2nd Liverpool, UK, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
4th Carlisle, UK, Sands Centre
5th Gateshead, UK, Sage Gateshead
6th York, UK, York Barbican – SOLD OUT
8th Edinburgh, UK, The Liquid Room – SOLD OUT
9th Aberdeen, UK, Beach Ballroom
11th Lincoln, UK, Engine Shed
12th Folkestone, UK, Leas Cliff Hall
13th Bedford, UK, Bedford Corn Exchange
15th Cambridge, UK, Corn Exchange
16th Manchester, UK, The Bridgewater Hall
17th Birmingham, UK, Symphony Hall
19th Oxford, UK, New Theatre Oxford
20th Guildford, UK, Guildford G Live – SOLD OUT
21st Ipswich, UK, Regent Theatre
23rd Nottingham, UK, Nottingham Royal Centre
24th London, UK, The London Palladium
3rd Exeter, A Perfect Day Festival
29th Chepstow, Castell Roc Music Festival – HEADLINERS