NASHVILLE, Tenn.â€”October 28th, 2014â€”Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award-winning husband and wife country duo Joey+Rory have just released an all-new recording in partnership with Gaither Music Group.Â Inspired by songs from their childhoods and music that helped make them kindred spirits, the couple has created Country Classics, A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage (Gaither Music Group/Farm House Recordings), a collection of tunes that create a songbook of traditional American country music.
Available on both CD and DVD, the recording weaves more than a fabric of lyrics and chords.Â â€œAs a songwriter, these are all songs I wish I had writtenâ€”songs that we are honored to not only sing, but to have the chance to try to â€˜make our own,â€™â€ describes Rory, known for hits he has written or co-written for Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Randy Travis, Clay Walker and Collin Raye among others.
â€œI dedicated this record to my father, Robert Feek, who passed away in 1988â€¦before I ever made my way to Nashville or heard one of my songs on the radio or played the Grand Ole Opry with my beautiful wifeâ€¦he wouldâ€™ve loved where his dream has led me.Â And I believe he wouldâ€™ve loved this record.â€
The record, produced by Rory, features songs such as â€œKing of the Road,â€ â€œDonâ€™t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,â€ â€œPaper Roses,â€ â€œI Believe in Youâ€ and others including â€œCoat of Many Colors,â€ one of the first songs Joey learned as a little girl.
â€œWhen I was about four years, old my mom and dad gave me a Dolly Parton cassette tape; and I took it upstairs and played it over and over again until I learned all of the words to â€˜Coat of Many Colors,â€™ even though I didnâ€™t know how to read yet,â€ she recalls.Â â€œIâ€™m so proud to finally get to record [this song] and many other songs that Rory and I loved and listened to when we were youngâ€¦.â€
The two sweethearts shared stories behind these songs with gospel music legend, singer, songwriter and friend Bill Gaither on the Country Classics DVD. Taped outdoors on a sunny day at the Feek Farm south of Nashville, TN, the three talked about the coupleâ€™s successful music career, their rich heritage of country music, details of what life is like on the farm and about Joey+Roryâ€™s year of both mountaintops and valleys.
In addition to recording the new CD and video, Joey+Rory gave birth to their baby girl, Indiana, who was diagnosed with Downâ€™s syndrome.Â A couple of months later, just as they were growing accustomed to the joys of parenthood, Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer, yet underwent a successful surgery to remove it.Â A few months later, Roryâ€™s mother passed away.
â€œAs God often reveals, what seemed like our biggest fears are [in the end] our greatest joys,â€ commented Rory as he detailed how the tough days have actually made their lives more fulfilling over timeâ€”a fitting discovery for the couple whose signature song is â€œThatâ€™s Important to Me.â€
â€œYou know, the world is trying to figure out whatâ€™s important in life,â€ stated Gaither reflectively.Â â€œWe all do.Â Weâ€™re on this journey, and every day of our lives we gotta decide whatâ€™s important to hang onto and whatâ€™s important to let go.â€
Joey+Rory remind us of whatâ€™s important to them along lifeâ€™s journey as they share their story and the songs on the new recording.Â The release will be featured on tv networks including RFD, PBS, DISH TV, DIRECTV, TBN, Family Net, TNN, Airtime, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel.Â In addition, the DVD will be featured on Gaither TV (available on Roku, Google and the Internet).
The couple’s hit tv series, â€œThe Joey+Rory Show,â€ filmed entirely on and around their farm, is one of the highest rated shows on the RFD-TV cable channel.
Country Classics, A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage, is exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.Â The audio recording is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country StoreÂ®.