The Shires In Session

To mark the release of ‘Brave’, the debut album from The Shires, presenter Simon Marlow invited the country duo to record some live tracks at the BFBS studios.

Showcasing their contemporary take on country music, they performed three of their own songs: 'Nashville Greyskies', 'Friday Night' and 'Made In England', plus a unique cover version of 'Dreams' by Fleetwood Mac. Simon said:

“I was so pleased to meet these guys. There’s such a buzz around them and I believe everyone will be talking about The Shires in the coming months.”

Ben and Crissie reveal that fate and Facebook brought them together, and how they were ‘spotted’ at a cider festival, earning them the first UK signing to the re-launched Decca Nashville label.

They discuss the experience of writing songs in Nashville, Tennessee, and how they found it a ‘humbling’ to perform at the Silence in the Square, the annual Remembrance Day event held in Trafalgar Square.

The pair also pick some personal favourites that have influenced their lives and work, from Shania Twain, Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, and Stevie Wonder.

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