If you were walking around London over the weekend, you may have noticed some of the city’s most recognised statues sporting pink cowboy hats. That might have something to do with The Shires, the biggest-selling UK Country act of all time, who release their new album ‘Accidentally On Purpose’ on Friday April 20th.
With Country being one of the biggest fashion trends for Winter 2018 and The Shires leading the way in the British Country music scene, Country took over London’s statues for one day only. Kensington Gardens’ Peter Pan, Leicester Square’s Charlie Chaplin and New Bond Street’s Roosevelt and Churchill were among the capital’s statues to model The Shires’ stetsons, adding a splash of colour to some of London’s most loved historical figures.
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.
‘Guilty’ the first single released from the new album has been BBC Radio 2’s Record of the Week and is currently on the A List.
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.