“Every artist has their dream stage,” Jennifer Fiedler of Smithfield tells Rolling Stone Country. “Mine is the Opry.” Since their debut at the storied Nashville institution this past spring, Fiedler and the “Smith” in Smithfield, Trey Smith, are quickly turning that dream venue into a regular haunt. Most recently, they performed a plaintive rendition of their new single “Hey Whiskey,” a harmony-laced ballad about a lover whose true mistress is at the bottom of a glass, not in bed. (Watch the exclusive premiere above.)
“I get every emotion playing that stage,” Fiedler says of the Grand Old Opry. “It’s been years of hard work and a lot of part-time jobs for this glorious shining moment. I treasure the Opry.”
Like their previous single, the steamy “Nothing But the Night,” “Hey Whiskey” has been gaining the Texas-born duo (named one of Rolling Stone Country‘s Artists You Need to Know) steady rotation on SiriusXM’s the Highway. Both powerful singers who often alternate lead vocals, Fiedler and Smith are also songwriters who crafted “Hey Whiskey” with Adam Wood and Casey Derhak. “In my opinion, the songwriting is where the artistry comes out the most,” says Smith. “Everybody is talented and everyone can sing, but if you can develop yourselves as a songwriter it really sets you apart from the pack.”
On the road in November, Smithfield are currently at work on their second EP.