British country band The Shires look to add a British touch to American country

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British country band The Shires look to add a British touch to American country music. Saskia O’Donoghue reports.

British country band The Shires look to add a British touch to American country

It’s a musical sound you might associate more with the likes of The Dixie Chicks and LeAnn Rimes…

But this country duo The Shires hail from the UK.

Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes met through Facebook in 2013 and haven’t looked back since.

They’ve played the renowned Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and seen their debut album ‘Brave’ go to number one in the UK….making them the first British country band to ever break the UK top ten.

Finding their way to success wasn’t so simple.

Soundbite, The Shires Band Member, Ben Earle, saying:

“For years leading up to The Shires it was a real struggle. I was on the verge of giving up. I was completely broke. I was working in a shop. You (Rhodes) were a waitress, singing at functions and stuff. You’re getting by but it was really difficult and then when we met everything was kind of easy in a way because a) we had nothing to lose but also we were just making music for ourselves and sharing that with someone as well being country fans. It was really special and we’ve never really lost that in the three and half years we’ve been together.”

Now, with a second album due out soon, The Shires hope to one day break the U.S. market.

Soundbite, The Shires Band Member, Crissie Rhodes, saying:

“Yeah, I mean that would be absolutely incredible. You know, almost we said ‘The British Invasion’. You know we can go over there and take what music…you know, we love American country music but we want to kind of bring it over here, put kind of a Brit spin on it and then take it back to them out there and say, “Hey, this is kind of what we’ve done with it.” You know. That would be just amazing to go out there and do that.”

The Shires new album ‘My Universe’ is due out in October.

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