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The Shires share "Good Years" next month

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – The Shires, the United Kingdom's best-selling country act of all time will release its new album, "Good Years," in the U.S. on March 13, 2020 via BMG.

As the follow-up to "Accidentally on Purpose" and GOLD-certified albums "Brave" and "My Universe," Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle recorded in Nashville.

The disc contains a dozen tracks, 10 of which are co-written by the duo. Produced by Lindsay Rimes (Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, LOCASH), Cam, Bob DiPiero and Canaan Smith helped write some of the songs.

The Shires already released the acoustic "New Year," electric tempo-driven "Lightning Strikes," and the rhythmic "Independence Day." New track "About Last Night" is out today.

"The way we approach the songwriting is that we always start with a lyric," Earle said. "We've both got loads of titles on our phones. You sit down in a room and say, 'What can we say today?' All of the best songs are ones we've written that are personal. Like 'Crazy Days,' which for me is about the balance of being a dad and doing what we do, and it's amazing what people share with us about that," he said of the piano ballad. "That's what country is for us."

"For me, growing up so inspired by country music through my grams and knowing Nashville was the home of that music, I always wanted to find a way to get over there," said Rhodes. "When Ben and I met and we had the opportunity to go to Nashville, it was everything I imagined that it could be and more. To be surrounded by so much talent, it was quite overwhelming. Then getting in there with people who'd been writing songs for years...that was quite daunting to try to do that and to try to put our Brit spin on it at the same time. It's been an amazing place for us. We just love landing on that runway and feeling like, 'Ah. Here we are. We're back.' It feels great every single time."

As the first British act to win the CMA's Jeff Walker Global Artist Award and the first UK country act to have performed in the historic circle at the Grand Ole Opry, The Shires have opened for Little Big Town, Sam Hunt and Shania Twain, and most recently joined Carrie Underwood's 2019 Cry Pretty 360 Tour in their native country. The duo will embark on their UK headlining tour in May.

The track list is:
1. "Lightning Strikes" (Josh Williams, Camaron Ochs, Evan Bogart)
2. "On The Day I Die" (Ben Earle, Peter Hammerton, Fiona Bevan)
3. "Good Years" (Dan Couch, Ben Earle, Crissie Rhodes, Canaan Smith)
4. "No Secrets" (Ben Earle, Danny Shah, Sky Adams)
5. "About Last Night" (Katya Edwards, Rachel Furner)
6. "New Year" (Ben Earle, Kaity Rae)
7. "Only Always" (Ben Earle, Kaity Rae)
8. "Independence Day" (Ben Earle, Peter Hammerton, Fiona Bevan)
9. "Thank You Whiskey" (Ben Earle, Peter Hammerton, Kipp Williams)
10. "People Like Us" (Ben Earle, Bob DiPiero, Jeff Garrison)
11. "Better Place" (Ben Earle, Kara Dioguardi, Jeff Cohen, Crissie Rhodes)
12. "Crazy Days" (Ben Earle)

CD reviews for The Shires

Good Years CD review - Good Years
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
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