I spent last night listening to “Album #2,” by Joey + Rory. And, I really mean that – this wasn’t a CD that I listened to once, said “Hey, this is pretty good,” and immediately removed it from my CD player. This is a CD that I listened to, picked out a few new favorites, and listened to them again … and then, I listened to the entire album again.
I didn’t like it — I loved it. However, there are a lot of people out there who think they are country music fans who are not going to love it. The reason is — it’s country music! It is the kind of country music you heard on the radio in the 50’s and 60’s. It’s the kind of music you hear on XM and Serius Satellite Radio when you turn on the “Classic Country” channel. And it’s just so darn good!
I don’t know what happened to country music over the years. I suppose it’s only natural that it would evolve and change. Everything does. But when country music became “Taylor Swift,” “Carrie Underwood,” and even “Lady Antebellum” – it lost something. When country music went from “Country” to “Country-Rock” or “Country-Pop”, it lost something. It stopped being “Country” music.
Please don’t jump on me – Taylor, Carrie and Lady A fans. No one likes those singers any more than I do! I’m not saying they aren’t good, and I’m not saying they don’t put on absolutely fantastic shows, because they do. And I’ve said that over and over in my articles about them. However, they aren’t country. And, all you have to do is listen to this Joey+Rory CD, which is their second album, and is literally called “Album # 2” – you will know what I’m talking about.
From the opening note of the song “Album Number Two,” you know it’s the real deal. The advanced copy I received to review did not have the inside jacket that tells who wrote the songs. But if Joey + Rory didn’t have a hand in writing this one, whoever did knows this duo very well.
“That’s Important to Me,” the second song on the CD, really reminds me of another song from my past. But I loved it, too! Third song, “All You Need Is Me,” is the first up-tempo song on the album. It’s just Joey Martin at her very best. You can not listen to this song without tapping your toes, and I don’t care who you are.
“Born to be Your Woman,” is the next one, and slows us back down – with Rory having more of a vocal part than he does in some of the others. Fifth we have “Baby I’ll Come Back to You.” and it’s toe-tapping time again. Oh second thought, this one might actually be get up and dance time. In addition to the melody, this song has some really fun lyrics.
The other songs on the CD are “God Help My Man,” “The Horse Nobody Could Ride,” “Farm to Fame,” “Where Jesus Is,” “You Ain’t Right,” “My Ol’ Man,” and “This Song’s For You, with Zac Brown Band. There is nothing I don’t like about this album. “That’s Ain’t Right” is funny, “My Ol’ Man” reminds me of my Dad, and “This Song’s For You” with ZAB is really great.
I review a lot of albums. I like most of them. I love some of them…. this is definitely one I love. And I hope you guys will, too. Listen to the music on this CD and get back to your country roots!
That’s all I have time for this morning. Talk to you all real soon! Have a good Tuesday!