Joey+Rory are nothing if not authentic; The Life Of
A Song might be listened to as a soundtrack to their simple country lifestyle.
The couple resides in an 1870’s farmhouse in tiny Hardison Mill TN, where Joey
helps run a nearby family restaurant called Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse. Perfectly in
their element, Joey+Rory sing of scuffed cowboy boots (“Boots”), dusty rodeo
arenas (“Rodeo”), and cherished vinyl records (“Sweet Emmylou”). They beg the
listener to sing or dance along (the brash and buoyant “Cheater Cheater”) before
hushing the room with the lovely austerity of “Heart of the Wood.” Even the
Lynyrd Skynyrd classic “Free Bird” is putty reinvented in the hands of this
pair, as adventurous as they are respectful of country music’s roots.
Together, the couple contributed their songwriting talents to seven of the
album’s 12 tracks, including the lead single, “Cheater Cheater.” Already an
established songwriter and founding partner of Nashville publishing company
Giantslayer Music, Rory has three #1 hits to his credit (Blake Shelton’s “Some
Beach”, Clay Walker’s “The Chain of Love” and Collin Raye’s “Someone You Used To
Know”), and has had cuts by Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Mark
Wills, Reba McEntire, Waylon Jennings, Lorrie Morgan, Buck Owens, John Michael
Montgomery and Charlie Pride, among others.
Joey, who performs lead vocals for the duo, is also a veteran recording artist
(previously signed to Sony Records, her debut album and single were never
released). The pair only started performing as a duo for the audition of CMT’s
hit series Can You Duet in early 2008. The pairing proved to be a hit with
thousands of fans as well as Naomi Judd, one of the show’s judges and
Joey+Rory’s most fervent supporter.