There have been a lot of big stars on the country music scene for many years now but it is probably fair to say that one of the biggest ever stars to come from country music, would have to be Taylor Swift who is one of the biggest stars on the planet right now. British country music act The Shires, which is made up of Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle, have praised Taylor for making country music cool.
They explained, "Taylor Swift is really the artist over the last few years who has put the ball up for anyone to hit in terms of making country cool. I mean she has just made it so cool. She's an absolute star. So hats off to her, she's the one who should be held up there, because she's incredible. The new stuff as well. I know a lot of the purist country fans have gone, 'Oh, she's gone pop,' but it's great. I think it still has that country sensibility."
While they are clearly big fans of Taylor Swift and appreciate ever thing she has done for the country music scene, The Shires also went on to talk about their own music. The British duo insist that they will always remain true to the country sound and will always look to write honest songs from within.
They added, "I don't know what the future holds in terms of where we will go with our sound, but I think we'll always be country at our core because that's what we love about music. We always focus on the song and that honesty and whatever comes out, comes out. If our tastes start to change and we start listening to other stuff, then maybe."
The Shires recently made music history, by becoming the first ever British country act to make it into the Top 10 of the Official UK Album Charts, with the release of their debut LP Brave. Well done guys!