UK Chart-topping Country duo The Shires are preparing to head to the USA marking a phenomenal moment for British country music.
The Shires will be guest artists at The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville this June. The live radio show which started in 1925 has seen the likes of Dolly Parton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Keith Urban and Patsy Cline grace the stage – being asked to perform is a most high accolade bestowed on any country musician.
Since joining forces in 2013 Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes have turned heads and opinions in the music industry, at a time when the country genre dominates the American market and for the most, with American artists. Whilst some UK acts way back in time have taken a stab at the genre, non have done so with much gusto as The Shires.
Speaking to The Independent newspaper Ben Earle likened being at the Opry to being at church – “…it’s almost a sacred experience and you have the whole history of country music lining the walls…We never imagined we would be on the stage a year later.”
This recent announcement follows their first ever UK headline tour, which saw them selling out venues across the UK. Due to popular demand the band have added several additional dates to the second leg of their first headline tour, with shows being added in Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Birmingham.
For tickets to UK shows and information on how to tune into the Grand Ole Opry, visit the Grand Ole Opry website.
The Shires debut album Brave is available now from:
The Shires Headline UK Tour
14th October: Middlesbrough, Empire
15th October: Sheffield, Leadmill
16th October: Northampton, Roadmenders
18th October: Birmingham, Institute
19th October: Liverpool, Academy 1
20th October: Cambridge, Junction
22nd October: Bath, Pavilion
24th October: Shepherd’s Bush Empire