Texas-bred breakout duo, Smithfield is starting 2018 off with a bang. Not only are they set to open for Granger Smith on his winter tour, starting on January 18th at Irving Plaza in NYC, they’re also headed out on their FIRST billboard/mediabase radio tour where they’ll be promoting their heart wrenching ballad, “Hey Whiskey.” The duo, who has been pegged by Rolling Stone and Billboard as “artists you should know” made the announcement last night at their show in Nashville and explained the journey of the song.
“We took it [“Hey Whiskey”] in to our label at the time and were told it was ‘too dark and too depressing.’ We eventually put it in our live show and the fans connected to it instantly…This time last year we were on this very stage and we toasted with all of you because SiriusXM The Highway picked it up, Spotify was supporting it and CMT had it in rotation. The song took on a life of its own and before we knew it everyone was singing along to it at our shows. We are so excited to announce tonight that we are taking this monster to country radio in 2018!”
The song reached #3 on SiriusXM’s The Highway, has 55K downloads, 2.5M Spotify streams, and the music video has 1.4M Youtube hits. This will be their first song hitting Country radio. Rolling Stone calls the song, “a harmony-laced ballad about a lover whose true mistress is at the bottom of a glass, not in bed.”