SOMETHING WORTH LEARNING
Paddington RSL with THE SOUL MOVERS
Cake & Cordial Sessions
The Backyard @ The Victoria, Bathurst
TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Wednesday 22nd January
1:30pm The Tamworth Hotel
3pm The Welders Dog Charity Event for local Women's Refuge Centre
5pm Duos show with Great Aunt and The Weeping Willows at City Sider Diner
Midnight - Murder Ballads Night at City Sider Diner
Thursday 23rd January
12pm Storytellers Show at City Sider Diner
2:15pm Jb Hi-Fi Stage, Centrepoint
Saturday 25th January
12pm The Welders Dog (ONLY FULL BAND SHOW)
10pm The Press
The Agrestic Grocer
Petersham Bowlo with the Belle Miners
Smith & Jones, made up of keyboard player and vocalist Abby Smith, with guitarist and vocalist Sophie Jones, have never been ones to follow the pack. Though classified as alt-country, their goal has never been to remain within the confines of any genre, preferring to let their sound and their songs take them where they will. Nowhere does this desire for individuality shine brighter then on their newly released second album ‘Something Worth Learning’.
Recorded at both Love Hz Studios and Linear Recording in Leichhardt, Sydney and produced by Michael Carpenter, ‘Something Worth Learning’ is still full of the charm and joy audiences have come to expect from Smith & Jones. This new work delicately balances themes of love and loss, friendship and isolation, emotional desire and freedom, fearlessly exploring the depths of their musical partnership with the listener by their side.
Smith & Jones’ first album, ‘Dark Gives Way’, released in 2017, was extremely well received with its first three singles; ‘Baby Blue’, ‘Small Town Woman’ and ‘Your Achin’ Heart’, all went to number one on the internet’s Australian Country Radio charts and received airplay around the country.
“They’ve taken the path of making music that they want to hear themselves, whether it’s the catchy pop sounds as heard on the first single SecondHand Heart or Running from Something. A slice of fun with a bit of walking bass and finger snapping, singing a love letter to the “Boss” which was written after seeing him in concert: Last Night I saw Jesus. Then there’s beautiful piano ballads ”One Last Time” and “In The Middle of the Night” which could have easily echoed out around Laurel Canyon in the early ‘70s.” – Pat Coomey
Abby and Sophie 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 and ‘Smith & Jones’ was formed not long after. During their time together they have played countless gigs, supported Dragon and The Pigs at the Crooked Mountain Concert, played shows with the likes of Troy Cassar-Daley, Tex Perkins, James Reyne and Boom Crash Opera and, at Bathurst’s Inland Sea of Sound Festival, held on top of Wahluu Mount Panorama, The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda Bull, Megan Washington and Bernard Fanning.