The review of the husband and wife duo, Joey + Rory Feeks has been one of excitement and sharing talent from this amazing duo. However, one of the most up and coming duo in Folk and Country music, Joey and Rory, have sadly announced the cancellation of their November and December 2015 Farmhouse Concert dates. In light of the news that Joey Feek has ceased treatments for her stage IV cervical cancer, the news comes to dedicated and devastated fans. The Feeks had Farmhouse Concerts — intimate shows at the concert hall on their Columbia, Tennessee farm — scheduled for Nov. 6 and 7 and Dec. 5, 12 and 19. However, all five concerts have been canceled in light of the latest news about Joey’s health.
On Friday, October 23, 2015, Rory Feek informed fans, via his blog that his wife’s first round of chemotherapy and radiation treatments did not help; rather, two quarter-sized tumors have already appeared in the same area that the doctors had been treating, and several more tumors have appeared in her abdomen. In light of that sad news, the Feeks have stopped all medical treatments and returned to their Tennessee farm.
“It is with great regret that we must cancel our November and December Joey + Rory Farmhouse Concert dates effective immediately due to Joey’s health,” a statement posted on the husband-and-wife duo’s website reads. “… Thank you for your understanding and prayers.”
“We came home,” Rory Feek writes. “Not to die. But to live. To put our hands in each other’s and sit out on the back porch and watch the sun set as our sweet little baby girl plays on a blanket in front of us. To bask in the glory of the beautiful life He’s blessed us with and try not to question why we can’t have more of it together. To say my wife is broken-hearted is an understatement,” Feek says. “And to tell you that we’re not scared would be a lie. This is the kind of thing that happens to somebody else, not us. But then I have to remember … we are somebody else to somebody else.
Reviews of this close husband and wife duo’s shows a perfect blending of superior talent, relevant and heart-moving lyrics and masterfully delivered music. The deep connection they have doesn’t just shine through their music, it’s the reason their music shines. In all their interviews, you can tell that what they have is the real deal…not just as a musical duo, but as a couple.
Their newest album, aptly titled Album Number Two, was the result of a night in Nashville ten years ago, when a gorgeous and gifted singer named Joey walked into an ‘In The Round’ songwriters performance. By the end of the show, Joey felt drawn to the man onstage simply through his songs. Two years later, she told the songwriting single-dad exactly how she felt. A few short months later, she was Mrs. Rory Feek.
For the next 5 years, Joey and Rory lived a simple but glorious life reveling in their roles as husband and wife on the farm where they reside in Pottsville, TN. Joey fell right into place as Mom to Rory’s two daughters as she continued her quest for a solo career, eventually recording an album for Sony that was never released. Rory continued to build his status as a hit songwriter with chart-topping songs like Blake Shelton’s “Some Beach,” Clay Walker’s “The Chain of Love,” and most recently Easton Corbin’s #1 hit “A Little More Country Than That” along with cuts by Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Collin Raye, Reba McEntire and many others.
In 2008, at the urging of a co-writer, their quiet life changed as they reluctantly auditioned for a reality TV show, CMT’s Can You Duet Season I. “There was not an ounce of me that thought ‘Here is this beautiful woman and great singer in Joey, but throwing in her 42-year-old, overall-wearing husband will be the magic combination,’” Rory says with a laugh. But, magic it was. Joey+Rory became fan favorites ultimately finishing 3rd and landing a record deal with Vanguard / Sugar Hill Records.
Their debut album, “The Life Of A Song” quickly earned a Top 30 hit with “Cheater Cheater” and suddenly, the duo was touring coast-to-coast and overseas. Their success with radio/video airplay and album sales propelled them into several nominations for both industry and fan-voted awards, including winning the 2010 ACM Award for Top New Vocal Duo. “The response to the first album has been amazing,” reflects Joey, “Now, I can’t wait for them to hear our new record.” Joey says “A lot of our fan base comes from people who seem to relate to our story and how we interact. It’s such a blessing to get to play music and travel and see things we’ve never been able to see before. But the highlight of it all is being able to do it together.”
With Album Number Two, Joey+Rory headed out with the same intent they had the first time around. Led primarily by Joey’s honey-smooth vocals, the album covers such songs as the title cut “That’s Important To Me.” The song that encapsulates the down-to-earth values that define Joey+Rory both as a couple and a duo alike. Joey+Rory have built an impressive fan base and won CMA & ACM nominations and awards their own way. “As hard as we work, we ultimately know that God’s plans are a lot bigger and better than we can make ourselves. Just having the chance to record and release “Album Number Two” is proof of that!”
Rory is quick to point out that most of the decisions are led by Joey. In his eyes, “This is her dream,” he says, “I just get the best seat in the house to watch it happen!” As much as they are a duo both onstage and in life, Rory is just happy to be the man standing just outside the spotlight so that the world can focus on his songbird of a wife.
“One of the mantras that I always try to live by is to have incredibly ‘high hopes, but low expectations,’” Rory Feek says. “So, even though we know we’ve reached the end of what medicine can do — and while we prepare for what God has put in front of us … Joey and I will continue to pray for a miracle. We ask for your prayers, too. For a miracle,” Feek concludes. “And even more so, for peace with His decision. That is enough.”
Our prayers go out for Joey and Rory.
Those with tickets to the Farmhouse Concerts will be reimbursed. Ticketholders with questions should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.