Oct. 11, 2011, is the day fans of the award-winning duo, Joey+Rory, have earmarked as the release date for the couple’s A Farmhouse Christmas, a 12-song album that will contain 10 new or cuts never-released holiday songs.
Per the act’s PR camp, the farmhouse Christmas theme for the CD is right at home for the duo, since their personal lives are rooted in the 1870s farmhouse where they live in the small community of Pottsville, Tenn.
“We made this record with hopes of trying to bring the listener into our home and share a small piece of our world at Christmas time with them,” the brunet Joey Feek said.
Moreover, added hit-tunesmith Rory Feek, “Christmas means so much to Joey and me. It brings on so many feelings that other times of the year just don’t. We seem to laugh (and eat) more, think deeper, reminisce more, and for a short time, most of our priorities all to come into perspective.”
Humor is interspersed among touching original songs that fall right in line with Joey+Rory’s faith. The Garth Brooks and Kent Blazy-penned “I Know What Santa’s Getting for Christmas” is described as “nothing but playful fun,” while “What the Hell, It’s the Holidays” is reportedly “as entertaining as it is irreverent.”
Other tracks include a beachtime holiday-themed anthem dubbed “Let It Snow (Somewhere Else) that Joey+Rory wrote with James Slater and Tim Johnson. The track was, not surprisingly, penned while at a songwriter festival in Key West. And “Another Wonderful Christmas” shows that the holidays are, at times, more like “Christmas Vacation” than “It’s a Wonderful Life” around the Feek household.
Rory penned the beautiful original album opener titled “It’s Christmas Time” during a visit to Joey’s family farmhouse in Indiana. His inspiration? “I woke up one morning and found myself thinking about what it must have been like when Joey was a little girl, waking up all those Christmas mornings in that very house,” he noted.
Montana’s own Stephanie Davis wrote “The Diamond O” and “The Gift” for the album, the latter of which Rory calls, “an absolute masterpiece.” Of Joey’s personal favorite on the album, “Remember Me,” Rory has said, “Some songs you labor and labor over and some just seem to magically write themselves. This one was all magic.”
“Some people might wonder why we haven’t filled this record with more of the Christmas standards,” Rory said. “Well, the truth is, we feel like that’s what everyone seems to do, and we’d rather try to add a new song or two to the list of holiday classics that people listen to every Christmas, rather than just give them another take on the songs we all know and love.”
There are Christmas classics on the disc, however, including “Away In A Manger” and “Blue Christmas,” but another highlight is an unlikely song for the holidays, namely, Merle Haggard‘s “If We Make It Through December.” Although tune was never meant to be a Christmas song, the husband-and-wife performers felt it fit perfect.
“We can’t begin to tell you what an honor it is to have Merle singing on it with us,” Joey confirmed. “There are some dreams that even when they come true, you still think you must be dreaming … and this is one.”
A Farmhouse Christmaswas produced by Gary Paczosa and Carl Jackson and will be available everywhere this Christmas season. A Farmhouse Christmas concert tour is in the works, with details set to be released soon.
To sample the duo’s traditional-country sound and nectar-sweet harmonies, simply access the video embedded to the left of this article.