Jayes Gallery, Sculpture Garden, Gift Shop and Picture Framing is located in the historic town of Molong nestled in the Orange Wine Region just 20 minutes drive from the city of Orange in Central West NSW.
Jayes features a wide range of contemporary art, it’s a must see destination in the region.
Smith & Jones have a love for small towns, making Jayes
Gallery at Molong the perfect location to debut their long awaited album ‘Dark
Gives Way’ on Friday 17 March.Hailing
from Bathurst and Tamworth respectively, keyboard player and vocalist Abby
Smith, met guitarist, harmonica player and vocalist Sophie Jones in a record
store in 2013 where they bonded over a love of classic country and blues.
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.
The past 12 months they have spent writing and developing a more
mature and sensitive sound to when they started. This year sees Smith &
Jones release their debut album, ‘Dark Gives Way’, recorded with Michael
Carpenter at Love Hz in Sydney. 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.
Hear the result of all their hard work this Friday evening at
Jayes Gallery from 6.30pm. Tickets are available via jayesgallery.com.au
Note: For more information contact Libby Oldham, Jayes Gallery (02)