I love Joey & Rory. They’re down to earth, very real people. I’ve enjoyed their music since I saw them on Can You Duet during the show’s first season. They finished third. I thought they would win. In any case, I thought they would have a great music career ahead of them.
But their first single, “Cheater, Cheater,” didn’t get a lot of radio time. And their second release, “Play The Song,” isn’t doing any better.
Am I the only one who listens to a song and thinks it’s a good song just because it is? Do people really analyze these songs and think “Joey & Rory are attacking the music industry and the radio stations.” I wish I could say they didn’t, but this duo thinks people do just that.
In an article with The Tennessean in Nashville, Rory said “I think that the song just basically touches a nerve with radio. The song is talking about our viewpoint of the problems within the industry, and they feel like it’s calling them out. And, I guess maybe it is. It’s calling all of us out, really.”
The chorus is a plea to the powers that be: Play the song, play the song turn it up loud enough/we can all sing along/and let the people decide/if the music is right or its wrong/man, it’s a shame/instead of playing the game/play the song, play the song.
"We don’t want to offend radio, but if they are offended then maybe they’re taking offense because it’s true," Joey said.
The video is being played on CMT, probably GAC too, but since I don’t get that network here I can’t say for sure. I like it. I just thought of it as two kids trying to put out a record and the people in the business telling them how they should dress and how they should act – and that the kids didn’t want to dress like that, they just wanted their music heard. I thought it was cute. I didn’t feel like it was an attack on the industry – but then, I’m not the industry, so maybe I just didn’t see it their way.
You can hear the song on their web site, as well as find out just about everything you would ever want to know about this great husband/wife duo. Their Bib & Buckle Fest in Columbia, Tenn., will be held Saturday, May 30. You can get more information about the event and ticket sales by clicking here.
Any of you in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will want to put July 16 on your calendar. Joey & Rory will be doing a show at Kingsport’s FunFest on July 16. I definitely plan to be at that show.
That will do it for this morning. Don’t forget Megan Mullins free concert tonight at Steele Creek Park in Bristol, Tenn. WXBQ will be there, and of course they’ll have The Rabbit with them. And, if the weather reports are right, we should have a dry evening for this event, so I hope to see you there.
Have a good one!