Fresh from the runaway success of their debut single ‘Nashville Grey Skies’, The Shires have released their brand new track ‘Tonight’
‘Tonight’ is a beautifully melodic tale of young love that will tap into those experiences we have all had in our lives. At moments both nostalgic and life-affirming it is a fantastic contemporary anthem, sure to become a future sing-a-long classic.
The band have already secured the support of a host of industry tastemakers, and were signed to Decca just before their official live London debut at the event that confirmed the wave of interest in the country genre, the second annual Country 2 Country Festival at London’s 02 Arena. Since then the band are now playing alongside American superstars such as Cassadee Pope and Striking Matches, and are building an impressive live reputation.
Both Ben and Crissie are self-declared admirers of the craftsmanship of country songwriting, but are far from being a twangy tribute act. Powered by Crissie’s powerful but subtle and supple vocals and Ben’s perfectly complementary tones and acoustic guitar, The Shires are young, fresh and have a message of their own.
It seems that The Shires have come from nowhere, overnight, but behind that first impression lies the story of two musicians who have been working towards this moment for a long time. Crissie has been singing her whole life, and came to love country music through artists like Dolly Parton and Faith hill, whereas Ben has toured as a singer/songwriter with the likes of K.T. Tunstall. Introduced by a mutual friend after a comment from Ben on Facebook, the pair instantly felt a musical connection, and discovered that they both lived near each in “the Shires”.
Their respect for the music has already been returned by Nashville itself, with them having already sat down to write with the likes of Steve McEwan (Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood) and Play Productions (Rascal Flatts). The Shires are currently recording their debut album in Music City to be released later in 2014.
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