released Sept 14th, 2010
from the album - This Song's For You
Joey + Rory, a country music duo featuring husband-and-wife vocalists Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek, made their debut on the CMT series Can You Duet in 2008. Although both musicians had spent years focusing on their individual careers, they proved to be a strong duo and ultimately finished third in the competition, laying the groundwork for a collaborative career. Kansas-born Rory Feek had originally hit Nashville in 1995, hoping to hawk his songs. A meeting with legendary songwriter Harlan Howard resulted in a publishing deal with Howard, and Feek served as his lone staff writer through 2000, at which point he moved over to Clint Black's Blacktop Music. He eventually left that publishing contract, too, in order to start Giantslayer Publishing in 2004 with songwriting partner Tim Johnson.
Joey Feek was born in Alexandria, IN, and made her first public singing appearance at the age of six, when she performed Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors" at a first-grade talent show. She moved to Nashville in 1998, signed to Sony Records in 2000, and recorded a debut album with producers Paul Worley and Billy Crain. Changes in the label's infrastructure led to the album being shelved, however. She recorded a second album, Strong Enough to Cry, in 2004, but that too was never officially released, although it did become available as a download in 2007.
The spotlight finally found Joey + Rory in 2008, when the two auditioned for the Can You Duet show at the request of a mutual friend. After the show wrapped up, the pair signed a record deal with Sugar Hill Records and released a debut album, The Life of a Song, that same year. Rory also released a digital solo album, My Ol' Man, but The Life of a Song proved to be the bigger release, cracking the country Top 40 and earning the duo three nominations (and one win) from the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards.
After 15 tears of struggling to make it in Nashville as solo artists, Rory and Joey Feek hit pay dirt on the reality show Can You Duet, a co-production of CMT and Simon Cowell's American Idol franchise. The couple placed third on the show's first season in 2008 and scored a contract with Sugar Hill/Vanguard. Their debut, The Life of a Song, entered the Billboard country chart at #10, and won them a Best New Duo award from the Academy of Country Music in 2010. Second albums are notoriously hard to put across, so Rory takes the challenge full on with the opening track "Album Number Two." It's a tongue in cheek examination of the ups and downs of the music biz, and more than slightly autobiographical. It sends up and celebrates their success, and features Catherine Marx on honky tonk piano and Mike Johnson's pedal steel supporting the duo's playful vocals. The duo covers a lot of territory here, showing off Rory's solid songwriting skills and Joey's vulnerable country vocals. "God Help My Man" is a cheatin' song that turns the conventions of the genre inside out with a strong vocal from Joey that promises her no good spouse some instant karma when he gets home from his girlfriend's house. "Where Jesus Is" a low key song of faith that finds the sacred in the everyday lives of ordinary people. "You Ain't Right," a rockin' portrait of a good old boy who feeds his family with road kill and shows up to church in a beer stained t shirt. Rory goes out on a limb to sing lead on "My Old Man," a sentimental song about his dad that he delivers with a bare bones arrangement dominated by the piano of Catherine Mark. It's a simmering performance that's one of the album's emotional highlights.
1 Album Number Two Feek, Poythress, Varble 2:57
2 That's Important to Me Feek, Johnson, Martin 3:22
3 All You Need Is Me Feek 2:53
4 Born to Be Your Woman Feek, Feek, Martin 3:17
5 Baby I'll Come Back to You Banning, Feek, Rossi 2:53
6 God Help My Man Feek, Overstreet, Teachenor 3:23
7 The Horse Nobody Could Ride Banning, Feek, Yates 2:54
8 Farm to Fame Collins, Feek 3:21
9 Where Jesus Is Hart, Poythress, Skaggs 4:05
10 You Ain't Right Lovelace, ODonnell, Owens 3:33
11 My Ol' Man Bryan, Feek 3:53
12 This Song's for You Brown, Feek 3:56