Joey + Rory
Making it to the second album is not an easily accomplished feat, and the chances of it being successful is hardly ever a given for an artist with even a marginally successful debut.
Joey + Rory recognize this reality and aren"t letting it deter them. If "Album Number Two" turns out to be a sophomore slump, life will go on.
Joey + Rory are husband and wife Rory and Joey Feek. As duet partners, they appeared on the CMT singing competition, "Can You Duet," in its first season. Although they finished third, the exposure and positive response was enough to land a recording contract. "The Life of a Song" was a top 10 country album for the two, and their debut single, "Cheater, Cheater," received considerable radio airplay.
Rory, the male of Joey + Rory, is no stranger to Nashville. He"s been in the business for more than 15 years, putting a pen to several hit songs, including Blake Shelton"s "Some Beach" and Easton Corbin"s "A Little More Country Than That." Feek could have remained behind the scenes making a reasonable income as a songwriter, but his wife"s dream to sing professionally inspired him to initiate Joey + Rory.
Joey + Rory released "Album Number Two" in September 2010 and, so far, it appears country music fans like them enough to keep them in business. Given a listen, it"s easy to understand why Joey + Rory are likable: They are country personified, from their down-home ideals to their love of horses and Wrangler jeans.
When one thinks of country music couples, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill come to mind, having been the "it" couple since the mid-90s. Honestly, they"re more Hollywood than country these days: They couldn"t be more removed from the simple life extolled in their songs. Joey + Rory, on the other hand, came from the farm and will go back to the farm after their ride is over and done with, as they state in "Farm to Fame." Their delivery is sincere and much easier to believe than Tim and Faith"s.
Rory plays a guitar with the statement, "We Miss Country Music," inscribed on the body, and Joey lists keeping it country on the radio as one of the things "That"s Important to Me." These two are on a mission to pull the reins back on a style that has veered off the course and is galloping into a horizon where country is indiscernible from pop.
"All You Need is Me" and "Baby I"ll Come Back to You" sound like they were written to be performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage, providing a country/western delivery that is sorely missed at that venue.
"Album Number Two" is comical in the right places, from the tounge-in-cheek title track to going down a laundry list of ridiculous things you might do if "You Ain"t Right." Joey + Rory could possibly have a second infidelity-related hit with "God Help My Man." Joey steps into the shoes of Loretta Lynn, with laughable lines like, "If he thinks he can come home and climb into my bed, he"s got a frying pan coming upside his head."
There"s plenty of heart elsewhere on "Album Number Two," as the Feeks prioritize their faith, marriage and family above all else. They are also incredibly appreciative of their fans, wrapping up the album with "This Song"s For You," co-written and performed with Zac Brown.
In recent years, country music has been in dire need of people as earnest and humble as Joey + Rory. They"re just a modest couple from a Tennessee farm that wants to make music with some meat in it. Even if they went on to be a million-sellers, Rory would still wear bibbed overalls, and Joey would still make home-cooked meals. But they"d sure appreciate it if you bought "Album Number Two."
Joey + Rory are online at http://www.joeyandrory.com.