The UK’s best-selling country act The Shires have today released their latest single ‘Independence Day’. The new offering features on the duo’s eagerly anticipated album ‘Good Years’, released March 13th on BMG, listen here.


Following previously released tracks ‘New Year’ and ‘Lightning Strikes’, ‘Independence Day’ proves once again their uncompromising versatility as artists. Offering up a songscape of rich vocal harmonies and a driving rhythm section, the new track sees The Shires pick up the pace, offering excitement and anticipation to the signature country sound they have become synonymous for.


As well as their upcoming headline tour in May – which comes to London’s Palladium May 27th – The Shires are currently nearing the end of performing alongside Young Voices, the largest children’s choir concerts in the world. The tour includes shows in Sheffield, Birmingham, Manchester and London before finishing off at London’s iconic Wembley Arena on February 7th.


Speaking of their latest musical offering, Crissie and Ben said “Independence Day is a conversation to someone close to you who is going through a breakup. It’s like putting your arm around them and saying; I know it hurts right now but one day you’ll look back at this moment and realise it is the best thing that ever happened to you”.


The third single from the band’s upcoming album release follows two gold-certified albums and three Top 10 singles firmly cementing their status as two of country music’s most prominent voices. 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. ‘Good Years’ will be available as a limited edition red vinyl as well as on CD and streaming platforms.

Recorded as with all their previous albums in the home of Country Music – Nashville, ‘Good Years’ is a poignant project for Crissie and Ben now having made huge waves both on home soil and across the pond as the first UK artists to win ‘Best International Act’ at the prestigious CMAs. At the 2020 CMA international Awards, Ben recently celebrated his nomination for the ‘International Country Broadcaster’ award.

2020 will see the pair embark on a 21-date nationwide tour. Kicking off in May, the duo are set to visit some of the UK’s most iconic venues, including the London Palladium, Bristol Academy, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Brighton’s Dome.

Full list of dates noted below:

27th April, Weymouth Pavilion

28th April, Torquay Princess Theatre

29th April, Stoke Victoria Hall

1st May, Lincoln Engine Shed

4th May, Birmingham Symphony Hall

5th May, Aberyswyth Arts Centre

6th May, Guildford G Live

8th May, Bristol o2 Academy

9th May, Cambridge Corn Exchange

10th May, Nottingham Royal Centre

12th May, Carlisle Sands Centre

13th May, Aberdeen Beach Ballroom

14th May, Edinburgh Liquid Room

15th May, Gateshead The Sage

17th May, Ipswich Regent Theatre

19th May, Manchester Bridgewater Hall

20th May, York Barbican

22nd May, Oxford New Theatre

23rd May, Liverpool Philarmonic Hall

24th May, Cardiff St David’s Hall

26th May, Basingstoke The Anvil

27th May, London Palladium                     

2nd June, Brighton The Dome

3rd June, Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall

4th June, Bedford Corn Exchange

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