Joey+Rory take it to the farm at Xmas
Monday, July 25, 2011
– Joey+Rory have set Oct. 11 as the release date for "A Farmhouse Christmas" album on Vanguard/Sugar Hill Records.
Ten of the 12 cuts are either new songs or cuts never released as Christmas songs.
"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," Joey said.
"Christmas means so much to Joey and me," Rory said. "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."
"Some people might wonder why we haven't filled this record with more of the Christmas standards," said Rory. "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."
Humor is interspersed among touching original songs that fall in line with Joey+Rory's faith. The Garth Brooks and Kent Blazy-penned I Know What Santa's Getting for Christmas is playful along with What the Hell, It's the Holidays. . The spend-the-holiday-at-the-beach themed Let It Snow (Somewhere Else) was penned by Joey+Rory wrote with James Slater and Tim Johnson at a songwriter festival in Key West.
Rory wrote the original album opener It's Christmas Time during a visit to Joey's family farmhouse in Indiana. "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."
Away In A Manger and Blue Christmas are the two solo standards on A Farmhouse Christmas. The duo also recorded Merle Haggard's If We Make It Through December. "We can't begin to tell you what an honor it is to have Merle singing on it with us," said Joey. "There are some dreams that even when they come true, you still think you must be dreaming... and this is one."
"A Farmhouse Christmas" was produced by Gary Paczosa and Carl Jackson. "A Farmhouse Christmas" concert tour is in the works, and details will be released shortly.
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