You’re going to be hearing a lot about Smithfield in the next five years.
The duo, compromised of childhood friends Jennifer Fiedler and Trey Smith, alternate between carrying a song with their lead vocals and providing the complimentary harmony. It’s a truly special sound that we don’t hear in country music nearly as often as we should outside of Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, or the occasional duet between solo artists.
This EP showcases the duo’s versatility as they can effortlessly transition between the fun summer jam and then immediately go into a powerful song about country life. The duo has worked extremely hard over the last few years and it’s a testament to that hard work to see how far they’ve come. It’s been over two years since their last full project and it was well worth the wait. We Make Our Own is the type of soundtrack that country fans of all ages can get behind.
The album kicks off with the title track “We Make Our Own.” An up-tempo song that could become a summer hit, the two sing about creating their own fun no matter the circumstances or the cards they’ve been dealt. “If You Were Mine” begins with Trey taking the vocals before Jennifer joins in during a super catchy and infectious chorus that naturally makes you want to turn the volume way up. Singing about that special person that is driving them a good crazy, the two bring the energy and sass to a fun song.
The two sing about being cautiously optimistic, yet on edge during the early stages of a relationship in “Counterfeit,” a unique play on words to describe love. It has a bit of a jazzy and edgy feel to it to accurately describe the mood they’re trying to convey. The EP transitions to arguably the best song on the EP and potentially one of the better country lyrics and harmonies we’ve heard in the last year. “Still a Few” is such an authentic country song with a realistic message that a lot of country fans can relate to. With more and more people moving to the urban centers, it seems like the country folks are often afterthoughts or that the country lifestyle isn’t desirable. Plus, Jennifer and Trey’s harmonies are out of this world on this song.
“Me No You” is a tempo driving song about how important someone can become to you, that you wouldn’t recognize yourself if they were out of your life. The EP concludes with “Pull It Off.” Singing about the little characteristics and qualities that their crush can pull off, the song is a fun song about shouting out your crush. It almost has an end of summer vibe.
It’s no secret that we are huge fans of Smithfield. The duo have been blazing their own path in country music without a major record label behind them. Hopefully this new EP continues to grow their fanbase and introduce them to more of country music. There’s a lot to like about Trey and Jennifer and the music they create, especially with this EP. Give the EP a listen and keep your eyes peeled for when they come to a town near you this summer.