The career of award-winning country duo Joey and Rory is going, in a word, “gangbusters” these days, and the pair’s new CD, “His and Hers,” drops this week to add fuel to an already well-fed fire.
Set for release July 31 on the Vanguard/Sugarhill Records label, the studio disc is the follow up to 2008’s “The Life of A Song,” from which the hit single “Cheater Cheater” was culled, and 2010’s aptly dubbed “Album Number Two” CD, which included a track with the Zac Brown Band.
On “His and Hers,” album buyers will be treated to both Joey and Rory as individually arresting lead singers, with Joey taking the fore on half of the album’s tracks and Rory’s warm, approachable vocal rallying the others.
“In all of our live shows, he’s always done half the singing and I do half,” Joey said via an email missive shared with pingroof.com. “So we just felt like that was the right direction to go with this album – let it really be more of what we are together, and fill it full of great songs.”
As observed by the act’s PR camp, during the past two album, country-music fans have come to know not only hit-songwriter Rory Feek as a harmony vocalist and his wfe, Joey, as a crystalline-vocal powerhouse, but they’ve also come to know the duo as a couple.
As evidence, most Joey and Rory fans are quite familiar with the fact that the couple calls an 1870s farmhouse in Pottsville, Tenn., their home, where Rory writes songs and tinkers with old cars, while Joey gardens or bakes bread at Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse, the local restaurant she owns with her sister-in-law.
Cable-TV viewers, in fact, can now get a regular “upclose ‘n’ personal” glimpse of the hit-making duo, thanks to their new variety show, “The Joey+Rory Show,” which launched earlier this month on RFD-TV.
As for the new “His and Hers” album, Rory inked or co-wrote much of the disc, with input from a few other veteran Nashville scribes (Kent Blazy and Leslie Satcher’s “Let’s Pretend We Never Met”), talented friends (Sandy Emory Lawrence’s “When I’m Gone”) and even a living legend (Tom T. Hall’s “Your Man Loves You Honey”). And amid all the tunesmithing, Joey had one overriding directive: “It has to be genuine, it has to be honest, it has to be sincere.”
All and all, it’s not a bad career history in just a few short years for the couple who competed to finish in third-place on CMT’s “Can You Duet” talent-show contest in 2008. At the time, all Rory Feek wanted was for the masses to realize the power of his wife’s voice.
“My whole hope was: I’m going to get eliminated immediately, but they might hear her sing,” shared Rory, who is now four years into a career as her Joey+Rory duo partner–and a happy decade into life as her proud hubby.
Viewers of “The Joey+Rory Show” can look forward to samples from the new “His and Hers” CD this season. For more information on the act, its live-show dates and info on how to order the latest CD, please access Joey and Rory’s official website.
- Video view: To see the music clip for the new “When I’m Gone” track by Joey+Rory from the “His and Hers” CD, please access the clip embedded on the left side of this post.