The Shires’ Accidentally On Purpose is country-pop goodness

Combine this record with the good weather and you have instant summer feeling. 

The UK’s best and fastest selling country act, The Shires, have released their third studio album Accidentally On Purpose today and it will only propel them further into country stardom sphere. The follow-up to debut record Brave and sophomore album My Universe, was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee.

Set to play London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall in May and supporting Michael Buble at his BST Hyde Park show, The Shires show no signs of slowing down and continue to pave the way for country music to become more mainstream in the UK. Especially lead single Guilty is the perfect feel-good tune that has radio-appeal and reminds very muc of what you’d hear on big US country radio stations.

The album kicks off with The Hard Way. Its sound takes you right to Nashville, it’s catchy country music at it’s best with even the lyrics telling a typical country music tale – you only know what you got til it’s gone. As far as album openers go, this is a decent choice as it captures the listeners attention, showcases the duo’s incredible harmonies and will stay with you.

Stay The Night has been hailed as one of the stand-out tracks on Accidentally On Purpose. An as far as mainstream pop goes, the Ed Sheeran penned song is sure to make waves. However, River Of Love is the true gem here. The guitar picking truly gives it a stripped back, folky feel and let’s the harmonies shine bright in the foreront. It’s one of those tracks you can imagine giving you chills at an acoustic performance.

River Of Love continues that folk-country theme, just a little but more up-beat. It’s one of the songs on the album that make you wonder how they haven’t broken America yet, but with this release it won’t be much longer before they do! Accidentally On Purpose is a showcase of the duo’s incredible songwriting skills with it’s huge choruses and melodies that appeal both country and pop fans equally and will win them a lot of new followers.

Overall the album has a great balance of Nashville country like Ahead Of The Storm  and radio-pop country in the shape of Guilty and Echo. Whatever your preference, there’s no denying that with record #3, The Shires are only getting better and the UK country scene’s superstars will be selling out arenas in no time.

The trailblazing duo will also be hitting the road this summer, performing their new music across the UK, including London’s Royal Albert Hall on 18 May.

Here are those UK live dates dates:
12 May – G Live, Guildford
13 May – Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
14 May – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
16 May – Colston Hall, Bristol
18 May – Royal Albert Hall, London (part of Albert Sessions)
19 May – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
19 May – City Hall, Sheffield
20 May – City Hall, Sheffield
22 May – Regent Theatre, Ipswich
23 May – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
24 May – New Theatre, Oxford
27 May – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
28 May – The Sage, Gateshead
30 May – Sands Centre, Carlisle
31 May – Barbican, York
01 June – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
03 June – Victoria Hall, Stoke-On-Trent
04 June – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
05 June – Venue Cymru, Llandudno
06 June – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
08 June – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
09 June – Dome, Brighton
10 June – The Anvil, Basingstoke