Smith & Jones Live In The Studio
Sophie and Abby came into the studio and blew us away with their austricana sound… “
Smith & Jones are a duo hailing from Bathurst and Tamworth respectively. Made up of keyboard player and vocalist Abby Smith, with guitarist, harmonica player and vocalist Sophie Jones, they met at a much loved record store in 2013 where they bonded over a love of classic country and blues, and spent far too much of their hard-earned money. During this time they established The Can Beltos Choir, a Bathurst and Orange based community choir, which saw them nominated for Young Australian’s of the Year for 2015.
Though their small-town roots had similarities, their music upbringing couldn’t be more contrasting. Sophie Jones grew up on a blend of classic country and old school rock (think Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles) as well as Australian legends such as Kevin Bennett, who she saw play many time as a kid growing up in Tamworth. Soul music and jazz (as well as endless Joni Mitchel) were Abby’s very first influences as a child, and she can recall staying home from school to learn sing like Aretha or Nina. Together, these influences have been the basis of Smith & Jones’s charm, and though their voices offer their own unique appeal when solo, it is together that they find their true expressive power. During their time together they have played countless gigs, supported Dragon and The Pigs at the Crooked Mountain Festival, played shows with the likes of Archie Roach, Kate Miller-Heidke, Tex Perkins & The Ape and The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda Bull as part of Bathurst’s Inland Sea of Sound Festival. Sophie and Abby have also sang as session vocalists on Toyota Star Maker Mickey Pye’s debut album, ‘Unleashed’, as well as The Safety of Life At Sea’s album, ‘Foxy’s Farm’. They also play sold out gigs throughout the Central West with their show ‘Rumours,’ a Fleetwood Mac tribute night with guitarist Matt Ferry. February 2017 saw Abby and Sophie performing as the local support act for Troy Cassar-Daley in Bathurst to a sold out crowd and in April supported James Reyne as part of Autumnfest at the Mayfield Gardens.
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