The Shires are back with “Lightning Strikes”!
Their first musical offering of the decade, UK’s best-selling country act The Shires release the infectiously upbeat track “Lightning Strikes”, taken from their forthcoming album “Good Years“, released on BMG. Alongside the new single, the duo have been celebrating Ben’s recent ‘International Country Broadcaster’ award nomination at the 2020 CMA international Awards.
As well as their eagerly anticipated headline tour in May, The Shires are currently on the road 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.
Boasting a songscape of finely tuned harmonies and infectious melodies, the stadium-ready track follows themes of optimism and retrospect, asking themselves “what if?”. The release of “Lightning Strikes” cements a stellar decade for the duo, who have helped solidify the rise and resurgence of Country music, both in the UK and across the pond. Speaking of their latest musical offering, Crissie and Ben said “We can’t wait to put ‘Lightning Strikes’ into our live set, the opening line “Standing outside, raining in the Summer”, is going to be perfect for the festival season. Also, vocally the song is so much fun for us with all the crazy harmonies”.
The title of the group’s newest record couldn’t ring truer for Ben and Crissie as the 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 album 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. 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.