The Shires

The Shires, the UK’s best-selling and most successful Country music export of all time – comprised of Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle – first broke through in 2014 with their debut single “Nashville Grey Skies,” a playful song about Britain needing its own Country music scene; something they helped accomplish with their 2015 debut album Brave, which became the first-ever Top 10 album by a UK Country music duo. From there, their accomplishments speak for themselves: three consecutive UK Top 3 albums (2016’s My Universe, 2018’s Accidentally On Purpose and 2020’s Good Years), four No. 1 UK Country albums, 100+ million streams, two Gold-certified records, and countless sold-out headlining shows. And, when they came across the pond, their genuine authenticity was fully embraced by Nashville’s Country music community, making them the first-ever British act to win a coveted CMA Award as well as to perform in the historic circle at the Grand Ole Opry. Earle has also received the 2020 CMA International Broadcaster Award for hosting on BBC Radio 2 (14.4 M weekly audience). Mainstays at the annual C2C Festival, the duo has shared stages with some of Country music biggest stars such as Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Shania Twain and Sam Hunt. Taking their biggest influences and condensing them into one cohesive, confident record, their brand-new album, 10 Year Plan, is available now and reminiscences about the duo’s big city dreams and hopeful mindset from when they were just starting out in 2012.