Maxwell's Country Series Presents
1039 Washington St.
Hoboken, NJ, 07030
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
SmithField was founded in 2011 with a dream as big as their home state of Texas. Comprised of vocalists Trey and Jennifer, SmithField took the stage by storm with their memorable music and stunning harmonies. Having grown up together, their on-stage chemistry is undeniably genuine and natural. After more than a year of performing together, the duo headed to Nashville to start a new chapter in their musical career.
Country duos are a unique breed in the music industry. Two voices have to blend perfectly together, and that combination is often hard to find, even in two great singers. Against all odds, the duo has continued to persevere with their music and develop their sound, and found that with a lot hard work and passion that anything can be accomplished. After one year in Nashville industry executives began to take notice and SmithField began to open for established artists including Eric Paslay, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer, Dustin Lynch and Craig Campbell.
Mixing the heavily rock influenced background of Trey and the classical country tendency of Jennifer, SmithField creates a contemporary country sound that's different and compelling. SmithField just released your favorite new summer song, “WhenYou’re Gone”.
The very moment you meet Stephanie and Cheryl Lynn Spinner you will feel an instant sense of familiarity. People tell them this all the time. Whether you meet them in passing, or you see them live, you may just feel like you have known them for your whole life.
Spinn features the kind of instinctive vocal harmonies that seem to only come from kin, and they create country-rock songs that are deeply personal, and totally danceable. Add in an autoharp (that’s right, I said autoharp..) and feel your soul come to life to the soundtrack of their music. The proud history in country music of family bands singing close harmonies accompanied by autoharp runs deep. From the Carter Family, to Dolly Parton, to Spinn. While the Carters helped define the very notion of country music, Spinn is branching out.
Cheryl Lynn took up autoharp to give their live duo performances a unique twist. Though the autoharp is a big part of country tradition, nobody in Top-40 country plays one these days. Tradition is important to the Spinn sisters — Cheryl sometimes wears one of their dad’s favorite belts onstage, while Stephanie rocks a well-loved, broken-in pair of cowboy boots — and autoharp was a way to connect with country music’s past. It also adds a unique twist to their live shows, and not just because of the way an autoharp sounds.
"Cher has been known to "Rock out" pretty hard know the autoharp!" Says Stephanie. Laughing, Cheryl Lynn adds "I get pretty aggressive, I have to tape the banjo picks to my fingers or they fly across the room and have even popped a few strings on stage!" If autoharp suggests prim old-timey folk, the Spinn sisters give it a modern update, dancing and laughing their way through upbeat, super-energetic shows where it’s impossible to sit still.
The sisters describe their music as “city country,” which makes sense: they’re city girls playing songs with a country edge. The twins grew up in northern New Jersey, in a house where music was always on. “On Saturdays, our mom would be cleaning the house listening to Bruce Springsteen, and you’d go out to the garage and our dad would be working on the car, listening to Kenny Rogers,” Cheryl Lynn says.
They took to music at an early age, creating what they call “our first cohesive song” when they were 5. As kids they sang in a church choir, where they arranged harmonies for their elders and played in bands with friends in elementary and middle school. By high school, it was just the two of them, honing the rock and country influences they soaked up at home — along with acts like Patty Griffin, Sheryl Crow and Foo Fighters — and blended them into their own distinctive “city country” sound. “You have two girls, so in most instances, you would think folk,” Stephanie says. “But we have this pop-country side to us.”
Thankfully, They’ve focused more and more on that pop-country side, releasing two LPs and an EP since 2009. Fittingly, they got an inadvertent boost in 2013 with the arrival of Nash FM 94.7, the first country radio station in 17 years to serve greater New York City. “People were afraid to say they liked country,” Stephanie says. “But when we got a country radio station, everybody was like, ‘Oh my God, I love country!’ That gave us permission to lean a little more toward the country side of our sound than we had before.”
Spinn’s next EP, due in 2017, reflects their new sense of freedom. “This one is just putting everything out on the line for you,” Cheryl Lynn says. “It’s a total representation of us. Listen and you’ll know who we are.”
Tickets will also be available at the door for $18 if space permits, however, advanced purchase is recommended as this show has a HIGH sell out risk.