The UK's best-selling country act will tour their eagerly awaited forthcoming album to Weymouth Pavilion on Monday, April 27.

The Shires present Good Years, an album recorded in Nashville, the home of country music. The album's release coincides with the announcement of a UK-wide tour, which will see the duo perform at the London Palladium and other high profile venues across the nation.

Formed in 2013, The Shires are a UK country pop duo composed of singer-songwriters Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes.

Ahead of the upcoming live shows and new album, the pair commented: "Honesty and storytelling have always been such an important part of our songwriting. We’ve poured some of the incredible experiences and life we’ve lived into these songs. We can’t wait to hit the road this year and play these live across the country."

Ben and Crissie added: "The songs mean so much to us personally, but there really is nothing like looking out at our fans in the crowd and seeing how much of an impact they can have in someone else’s life. It’s truly a very special thing."

Hailing from the neighbouring counties of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, the duo named themselves The Shires in order to maintain a British identity and take a small part of the United Kingdom back to the United States.

Not long after their inception, they secured a contract with American record label Universal Music Group Nashville. The pair have since gone on to release two gold-certified albums and achieve three Top 10 singles, cementing their status as two of the country music's most prominent voices.

For their performance at Weymouth Pavilion, The Shires will be supported by Eric Paslay, a fellow country artist and platinum-selling songwriter. To date, Eric has had five tracks reached number one in the country chart, including Even If It Breaks Your Heart, Barefoot Blue Jean Night and Angel Eyes.

He also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for The Driver, a collaboration with friends Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley.

The show at Weymouth Pavilion starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £31, available from the pavilion website or box office.