The Shires are the UK’s biggest country music export. Their achievements speak for themselves: three consecutive UK Top 3 albums, four #1 UK Country albums, 100 million+ streams, two Gold-certified records, and countless sold-out headline shows, including filling the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Now The Shires announce the release of their soul-stirring new album 10 Year Plan out on 11th March 2022 and launch it by sharing its lead single I See Stars.
Premiered on Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show on Radio 2 this morning, I See Stars is symbolic of The Shires’ pop-orientated, crowd-pleasing, full-passion, global-facing take on the country tradition. The duo’s Ben Earle wrote the song with Jeff Cohen(Jake Bugg, Mandy Moore, Sugarland), who previously collaborated on their fan favourites Daddy’s Little Girl and A Thousand Hallelujahs.
As Chrissie Rhodes reflects, “We wanted to get our music to Bob Harris, and we wanted a thousand Facebook followers. At the time that seemed crazy, but Ben was committed to it.” He was proven right, as Chrissie continues: “The number of people enjoying country music has exploded in the UK, but it still feels like an undercurrent. Even recently, we’ve had people come to our shows and say they were surprised, because they didn’t think country was for them!“
‘10 Year Plan’ is now available to pre-order HERE. Formats include CD, LP, SD & HD digital.
Currently completing an intimate acoustic tour, The Shires will commence a major UK headline tour in April that culminates with a landmark London show at The Palladium on May 24th. Please see their website for a full list of dates and ticket details.
They will perform at York Barbican on 6th May 2022.