Decca Nashville duo the Shires have today (Sunday) made history by becoming the first British country act ever to achieve a top ten UK album. Their debut set ‘Brave,’ released last Monday (March 2), entered the Official Charts Company this evening at No. 10.
The duo of Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes, who hail from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire respectively, signed to the label last year. Decca Nashville has been revived as a UK imprint specifically for the group, who are inspired by the Nashville sound but make their own brand of country music with a British personality.
The news was confirmed at almost the exact time that the Shires took to the Satellite Stage in the main hall of the 02 Arena this evening, for their final set in a busy weekend of performances at the C2C Country To Country Festival in London.
‘Brave’ has been widely hailed in the UK media and strongly supported by a busy promotional schedule this week, which included an appearance by the Shires on the primetime BBC1 TV series ‘The One Show’ last Monday. The group also made extensive appearances on BBC Radio 2 during the week, and on its pop-up sister station Radio 2 Country, launched on digital and online services for the long C2C weekend.
Listen to ‘Brave’ on Spotify