The Shires Biography (Wikipedia)
The Shires are a British country duo composed of singer-songwriters Doctor Ben Earle and Doctor Crissie Rhodes. Earle sings vocals, plays piano and guitar, and Rhodes shares lead vocals. The duo formed in 2013 and released their debut album Brave in 2015, becoming the first UK country act to chart in the Top 10 of the UK Albums Chart. The group's second album, My Universe, became the fastest-selling UK country album in history when it was released in October 2016.
They hail from the neighbouring counties of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire in England. "Shire" is the original term for what is usually known as a county in the United Kingdom. The duo fittingly took the band name to maintain a British identity and take a small part of Britain to the United States. After playing hardly half a dozen shows together, The Shires caught the attention of Decca Records, who signed them in the United Kingdom, and they secured a contract with American record label Universal Music Group Nashville, thus becoming the first ever English country act to be signed to a major Nashville label. They were also the first UK country act to have a top ten album and the first to receive an award from the American Country Music Association.
- Ben Earle from The Shires: "Ed Sheeran told me he'd pre-ordered our album!"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0657wqs.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0657wqs.jpg2018-04-24T15:02:00.000ZThe Shires talk to Steve and Tim about their latest album and UK tour.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0657tnt
Ben Earle from The Shires: "Ed Sheeran told me he'd pre-ordered our album!"
- The Shires in Sessionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p062d2nd.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p062d2nd.jpg2018-03-26T14:18:00.000ZEnglish country duo The Shires play live in the studiohttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p062d288
The Shires in Session
- The Shires - With Or Without You (U2 cover) in Radio 2's Piano Roomhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p059168q.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p059168q.jpg2017-07-18T15:32:00.000ZThe British country duo perform a unique, stripped-back version of U2's classic track, live in Radio 2's Piano Room for Ken Bruce.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p059131t
The Shires - With Or Without You (U2 cover) in Radio 2's Piano Room
- The Shires on the road with Little Big Townhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04rg952.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04rg952.jpg2017-02-28T12:39:00.000ZBen and Crissie reminisce about being on the road with Little Big Townhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04v9my3
The Shires on the road with Little Big Town
- The Shires respond to BRITs snub!https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04sphk1.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04sphk1.jpg2017-02-12T13:18:00.000ZNo Brit Award nomination after achieving the fastest-selling UK country album of all timehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04splc6
The Shires respond to BRITs snub!
- The Shires In Sessionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04sph12.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04sph12.jpg2017-02-12T12:59:00.000ZThe Shires perform in Michael's Musician's Circle.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04spj9t
The Shires In Session
- The Shires talk about getting an American record deal with the label that Taylor Swift is signed to.https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04gpf2l.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04gpf2l.jpg2016-11-16T16:58:00.000ZThe UK country duo talk about their recent trip to Nashville.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04gqsds
The Shires talk about getting an American record deal with the label that Taylor Swift is signed to.
- UK Country duo The Shires chat about their amazing successhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04gkr0b.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04gkr0b.jpg2016-11-16T16:55:00.000ZBen and Crissie discuss their latest album My Universe.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04gkr7b
UK Country duo The Shires chat about their amazing success
- An Unexpected Live Exclusive From The Shireshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01ycxpw.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01ycxpw.jpg2016-10-21T08:11:00.000ZA CD failure in the studio leads to an unexpected live exclusive of a new Shires track.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04cplt5
An Unexpected Live Exclusive From The Shires
- The Shires in Sessionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p043hg27.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p043hg27.jpg2016-08-03T14:34:00.000ZBritish country duo perform live for the Janice Forsyth Showhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p043hpys
The Shires in Session
- Cornbury: The Shireshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0411q9g.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0411q9g.jpg2016-07-10T19:38:00.000ZThe Shires meet BBC Radio Oxford's Ali Jones backstage at Cornbury Festival 2016, and have backstage gossip from the BBC Music Awards and supporting The Corrs.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0411qbc
Cornbury: The Shires
- The Shires: 'It takes ten years to become an overnight success'https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03874ml.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03874ml.jpg2015-11-10T15:57:00.000ZThe shires discuss an impressive 2015, and how it very nearly didn't happen at all.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p037plxw
The Shires: 'It takes ten years to become an overnight success'
- Reason To Love - The Shireshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02nvsd2.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02nvsd2.jpg2015-04-10T14:07:00.000ZThe Shires talk about their love of country music and choose three country songshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02nvsgr
Reason To Love - The Shires
- The Shires - Tracks of My Yearshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02lfc7j.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02lfc7j.jpg2015-03-06T16:38:00.000ZBritish country duo The Shires (Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes) choose the Tracks of My Years for Ken Bruce on Radio 2.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02lfc7p
The Shires - Tracks of My Years
- The Shires Live in Sessionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020l79g.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020l79g.jpg2014-06-08T12:56:00.000ZThe country duo perform a couple of acoustic songs for Sir Terryhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p020l7b7
The Shires Live in Session
The Shires Tracks
Past BBC Events
Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park: 2018
BBC Music Presents The Biggest Weekend
BBC Music Awards: 2015
Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park: 2015
Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park: 2015
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