The Shires are on fire. Following the British duo’s most successful tour yet – one that took them from the Royal Albert Hall to the Royal Wedding overnight (literally) – Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle signed a new international record deal and returned from Nashville with their strongest set of songs yet.
The first of those, the embracing, uplifting New Year, was released as a taster track as one decade closed and another began.
Now the UK's best-selling country act are doubling down on their solid-gold songwriting touch with a handful of well received musical offerings. ‘Lightning Strikes’ in particular sees the pair mastering the elusive balancing act of sounding like a brand-new classic, the driving, inspiring singalong feels like “a massive hit” to this easygoing pair who still, to this day, have never fallen out and who remain in awe of each other’s skills.