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 CanBeltos Choir, a Bathurst and Orange based community choir, which saw them nominated for Young Australian’s of the Year for 1015.
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. Never ones to take themselves too seriously, they also have a passion for blue-grass covers of 90’s songs (think R Kelly’s ‘Ignition’ with a harp solo!) During their time together they have played countless gigs, supported Dragon at the Crooked Mountain Festival, played shows with the likes of Archie Roach, and sang as session vocalists on Toyota Star Maker Mickey Pye’s debut album. They also played sold out gigs with their show ‘Rumours,’ a Fleetwood Mac tribute night with guitarist Matt Ferry.
The past six months they have spent writing and developing a more mature and sensitive sound to when they started. Though their roots will always remain in the foundations of country music, their originals have found an undefinable energy of their own. Part classic country ballads, part sweet jazz standards, and often with a tongue firmly planted in their cheek, their beauty is in their harmonic simplicity and lyrical power.