Sunday, 24 May, 2009 10:59 AM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: Joey
credit: Bryan Allen
2009 CMA Close Up News Service
From its acoustic textures
to the deep emotion of its solo and harmonized vocals, The Life
of a Song, recorded by the husband and wife team of Rory Feek and
Joey Martin, produced by Carl Jackson and released on Vanguard/Sugar
Hill Records, is rooted in the music of an earlier Country artistry.
This is evident in the
seven songs that they wrote together for The Life of a Song. Even
when flaunting a feistier side on the first single, "Cheater
Cheater," which they penned with Kristy Osmunson and Wynn Varble,
the fire of Martin's singing rises as much from indignation over
a violation of virtues such as faithfulness and trust as from her
That's not to say that
Joey + Rory don't speak to contemporary listeners. In fact, they
leapt into the limelight as contestants on CMT's "Can You Duet"
series and then signed on as spokespersons for the online discount
retail site Overstock.com.
Still, their story, like
their sound, reflects a fidelity to traditional values. They still
live in an 1870s farmhouse outside of Nashville, where Joey and
her sister-in-law run their restaurant, Marcy Jo's Mealhouse. No
matter where their careers take them, odds are they'll keep the
oven warm and the porch light lit back home.
Joey + Rory
(answers provided collectively
by Joey + Rory)
SONG YOU WISH YOU'D
"'The Life of a Song,' written by Jason Matthews and Rebecca
CD IN YOUR STEREO
"Bradley Walker's Highway of Dreams."
BOOK ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND
"Starting Your Marriage Right, by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.
We've been married six years and have read it a few times. We think
we're still on our honeymoon."
FAVORITE MODE OF
"Trucks and Prevost buses - we don't have one yet, but we're
"John and June Carter Cash. We want to live, dream and love
like they did, right up to the end."
On the Web: www.joeyandrory.com
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