Thursday, March 5, 2015

Nashville cats

They're easing into chiselled boots, rhinestone-fringed jackets and spotted 'kerchiefs at the BBC's (Country &) Western House, as their pop-up DAB yee-haw station gets on air at  noon today.

It runs alongside the Country to Country Festival at the O2. Taking part, though not headlining, are British Home Counties duo The Shires, and they're pretty excited too.

"The Shires are on course to become the first British country band to hit the UK Official Albums Chart Top 20, it has been confirmed today. They released their debut album ‘Brave’ on Monday and it has immediately shot to Number 9 in today’s Official UK Albums Update

Director of BBC Music and Country Music Association board member, Bob Shennan, comments: “From the very first play, The Shires have proved to be a class act. They also prove that a British artist can create authentic country music – and the fact that BBC Music has supported them via BBC Introducing and now Radio 2 is testament to their obvious talent and songwriting ability. We hope they can take Nashville by storm !”

The Shires are signed to Decca, part of the Universal Music Group. 6 of the 8 headline acts at the festival are on labels owned or distributed by UMG, which also has three Nashville-based artists on current Radio 2 playlists.

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