The Shires prove their rise to the top is no accident as they play Brighton Dome

The Shires
The Shires

The best-selling UK country act of all time, The Shires, are playing their biggest tour to date in support of their new album, Accidentally on Purpose, which was released in April.

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 music influence from the mainstream with pop-inspired hooks, a sound that The Shires’ new album reflects.

Ben Earle and Crissie Rhode, who make up The Shires say: 'Accidentally on Purpose is full of personal songs that really sums up the whirlwind journey we’ve been on together. From the first 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.”

The Shires first entered the history books in 2015, when their debut album Brave became the first ever British country album to enter the UK Top 10. Their second album My Universe also broke new ground by becoming the fastest-selling British country album of all time and reached the top three.

After an incredible two years, Ben and Crissie – hailing from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire – have fast become a firm favourite in the UK country music scene. And now they’re making their mark in Nashville too.

With two gold certified albums under their belt within 12 months of each other and nine playlisted tracks across BBC Music, The Shires are back and they’re raring to go.

Brighton Dome

Saturday, June 9

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