I guess when I see someone on a talent show, like American Idol, Nashville Star or Can You Duet, I just always watch them as if they were people who just last week used to stand around in their kitchen and sing.
And, then if they happen to do well on the show, get a recording deal, and move right into our homes through their music – I think of them as the ‘over-night success’. I should have known success was coming very soon Joey and Rory. How many of us found ourselves running around the house between Halloween and Christmas singing the Overstock.com commercial song, “If Not For You”. Oh please don’t tell me I was the only one.
But, when I first heard Joey and Rory on Can You Duet, I naturally thought that they were just a husband and wife, who had never done much except sing together at home, and maybe for friends. If I paid a little more attention to country music, I might have known that the pair have been around Nashville, and around the music scene for a long time before their national television debut on the popular CMT show Can You Duet.
While these two may have been around for a while, they didn’t always sing together. Rory Feek is a songwriter. His wife, Joey Martin Feek is a singer. They didn’t start singing together until they appeared on Can You Duet. So I guess in a way, the “duet part of their career” did kind of happen over night. Rory was born in Kansas. He went to Nashville in 1995, trying to sell his songs. He did get to meet with Harlan Howard, and got a publishing deal with him. Rory worked with Harlan through 2000, and then moved to Blacktop Music, Clint Black’s company. He left Blacktop in 2004 and started Giantslayer Publishing with his partner, Tim Johnson.
Joey is a native of Alexandria, Ind. She made her first public singing appearance when she was in a first grade talent show. She sand Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors.” And, she has been singing ever since. She moved to Nashville in 1998. And, in 2000 she signed a recording contract with Sony Records. Joey did cut an album, working with producers Paul Worley and Billy Crain. But things happen in the music world, and her album never got released. Joey’s second album was called Strong Enough to Cry. That one was recorded in 2004, but also never officially released. It wasn’t until the 2008 television appearance on Can You Duet that millions of country music fans fell in love with Joey and Rory. They did, and I did, too.
Joey opened a restaurant with her sister-in-law called Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse, in 2006. The restaurant is near Columbia, Tenn., where Joey still pours coffee and meets with customers whenever she’s not on the road with Rory.
We’re hearing more and more of “Cheater, Cheater” on the radio, and seeing the video on CMT and GAC. Things are starting to move for Joey and Rory, and I for one am happy to see that.
But a part of me believes that this country boy from Kansas and his wife in her jeans and sweatshirt will always be just as happy on the farm – with their horses, chickens…. and each other, as they are out on the road entertaining us. They are such real people. And I just enjoy their music so much. I haven’t had the chance to see these two perform live yet, but I will.
In the mean time, I have to send out a huge thank you to Rebecca for sending me these photos she took that she allowed me to share with all of you. And, here’s one last look at the Overstock commercial (for this Christmas season). Get ready to sing along.
That’s all for today. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and thanks again for reading Country’s Chatter. Write when you have a chance. I love finding mail from you every day!