The UK’s best selling country act, The Shires formed after Ben appealed on Facebook for a female country singer to work with him. Crissie, a friend of a friend, replied, came round the very next day and they discovered an instant chemistry.
Both are inspired by the old-school workmanship of country music’s professional songwriters – people they would later work with on their first trip to Nashville last summer. Learning at first hand the storytelling style of classic country songs, and how to craft a catchy chorus, the duo then injected elements that could only have come from our side of the pond.
Powered by Crissie’s powerful but subtle and supple vocals and Ben’s perfectly complementary tones and acoustic guitar, The Shires have literally found a piece of country to call their own. They love American music, but they’re proudly British and intensely keen to add some real indigenous flavour to the pot.
Their latest single New Year, released in November 2019, is taken from their eagerly awaited forthcoming album Good Years will be available as a limited edition red vinyl as well as on CD and streaming platforms. The title of the group’s newest record couldn’t ring truer for Ben and Crissie as the release follows two gold certified albums and three Top 10 singles firmly cementing their status as two of country music’s most prominent voices.