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The Shires sign to Big Machine Label Group in the US

The duo make history as the first British Country act to sign a major US deal.

The Shires
Credit: Decca

The Shires have made history by becoming the the first UK Country act to sign to a major US label.

Following the success of their latest album My Universe, The Shires have signed a deal with Dot Records, part of the Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group. They join a roster that includes Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett.

Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes of The Shires said, “We are absolutely thrilled to sign with Dot Records in the USA. The UK is our home and we are proud of our success so far, thanks to Decca Records, but it’s always been a massive goal for us to build our presence and make a name for ourselves in the USA. Scott was one of the first people to approach us as a band, after hearing our original demos nearly three years ago. His advice back then was clear, to break the UK first and come to the US with a story. We took his advice and are extremely excited to be working with him and his team in the US. It is the home of Country Music and what better label could any act ever hope to sign with than Dot Records! Scott, Chris and their team are incredible at what they do and have worked with some of the biggest names in Country music history – we can’t wait to get started!”

Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, commented, “I’ve been watching The Shires closely and from afar, and now the time is right to have them join the family. I can’t wait for America to experience The Shires!”

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The Shires have been building their profile in the US having performed at the Grand Ole Opry. They have worked with some of the top Country music writers in Nashville and they recorded My Universe at Sound Stage Studios in the city.

Watch the video for My Universe below:


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