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Gene Watson's peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson's Peers who were contacted during 2010 were most gracious with their time and words. It is here, within this special part of the Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read quotes from Joey + Rory, which they submitted to this site on Friday 28 May 2010.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Joey + Rory who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
Joey + Rory
These quotes were submitted on Friday 28 May 2010.
'Here's a quote...something that is a neat story from my childhood.
I remember riding in the car with my father as a kid when 'Farewell Party' came on the radio. He pulled over to the side of the road and turned the volume button up, and we just sat there and listened.
Then he pulled back onto the road, and we kept driving. It wasn't enough for us to just hear it...he had to pull the car over, so we could listen to every word'.
'We love Gene Watson. His music is a big part of our country music heritage and why we do what we do. We get excited when we're listening to the radio and a Gene Watson song comes on.
We think to ourselves, 'now that's great country music!' He always seemed to choose great songs, songs that last and will be around for a long time.
And boy have they!'
'We wish you all the best with your website'
Thank you, Joey + Rory, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Joey + Rory...
Joey + Rory are an American country music duo composed of Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek, who are husband and wife. Joey is the duo's lead vocalist, while Rory sings background vocals and plays guitar.
The duo were the third-place finalists on CMT's competition 'Can You Duet' in 2008.
It was also in 2008 that Joey + Rory signed to Vanguard Records and saw the release of their debut album; 'The Life Of A Song' (Vanguard Records/Sugarhill Records, 2008) was released on Tuesday 28 October 2008 and debuted at No.10 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, and at No.61 on the all-genre Billboard 200 Chart.
The lead-off single from 'The Life Of A Song' (Vanguard Records/Sugarhill Records, 2008) was 'Cheater, Cheater', which was originally recorded by the duo Bomshel; Kristy Osmonson, one-half of that duo, co-wrote the song with the Feeks and Wynn Varble. Bomshel's version was released as a single in early 2008, although it did not chart.
Joey + Rory's version of 'Cheater, Cheater' was released in September 2008, featuring a music video that included a cameo from Naomi Judd, who had been a judge on CMT's 'Can You Duet'. Joey + Rory's version peaked at No.30 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart in early 2009.
Joey + Rory's 'The Life Of A Song' (Vanguard Records/Sugarhill Records, 2008) included Shawn Camp's 'Tune Of A Twenty Dollar Bill' (co-written with Mark D. Sanders) and Rebecca Lynn Howard's 'The Life Of A Song' (co-written with Patrick Jason Matthews).
Before the duo's foundation, Rory Lee Feek worked as a songwriter in Nashville and he has continued to work as a songwriter even as a member of Joey + Rory.
Collin Raye recorded Rory Lee Feek's 'Someone You Used To Know' (co-written with Tim Johnson) and included the track on 'The Walls Came Down' (Epic Records, 1998).
John Michael Montgomery recorded Rory Feek's 'Your Love Lingers On', which was co-written with Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002), and included the track on 'Home To You' (Atlantic Records, 1999).
Lorrie Morgan recorded Rory Feek's 'Strong Enough To Cry' (co-written with Max D. Barnes) and included the track on 'My Heart' (BNA Records, 1999).
Clay Walker recorded Rory Feek's 'The Chain Of Love' (co-written with Jonnie Barnett) and included the track on 'Live, Laugh, Love' (Giant Records, 1999); the single became a Top 5 hit on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1999.
Mark Wills recorded Rory Lee Feek's 'Rich Man' (co-written with D. Vincent Williams) and included the track on 'Permanently' (Mercury Records, 2000).
Randy Travis recorded Rory Feek's 'When Mama Prayed' (co-written with Paul Overstreet) and included the track on 'Rise And Shine' (Word/Warner Bros/Curb Records, 2002).
Tracy Byrd recorded Rory Lee Feek's 'The truth About Men' (co-written with Tim Johnson and Paul Overstreet) and included the track on 'Truth About Men' (RCA Records, 2003).
Kenny Chesney recorded Rory Feek's 'When I Think About Leaving' (co-written with Tim Johnson and Paul Overstreet) and included the track on 'When The Sun Goes Down' (BNA Records, 2004).
Blake Shelton recorded Rory Feek's 'Some Beach' (co-written with Paul Overstreet) and included the track on 'Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill' (Warner Bros. Records, 2004); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for four weeks in December 2004/January 2005.
Jimmy Wayne recorded Rory Feek's 'I Will' (co-written with Dave Pahanish) and included the track on 'Do You Believe Me Now' (Valory Music Group Records, 2008); the single was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 2008.
Rory Feek also founded the independent label Giantslayer Records in 2004, on which Joey had recorded a solo album entitled 'Strong Enough To Cry' (Giantslayer Records, 2005) in 2005. This album was released in CD format in 2008, as well as a digital download. Rory also recorded a solo album on Giantslayer Records, titled 'My Ol' Man', which he also made available only as a download.
In February 2009, Joey + Rory were nominated for the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards 'Top Vocal Duo'. Although a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Free Bird' was originally to have been released as the second single, it was withdrawn after two weeks and was replaced in March 2009 with 'Play The Song', which failed to chart.
The third single released from 'The Life Of A Song' (Vanguard Records/Sugarhill Records, 2008) was 'To Say Goodbye' and was released to radio on Monday 27 July 2009; however, it also failed to chart.
Joey + Rory released their first holiday single, the Carl Jackson-produced 'It's Christmas Time', on Monday 16 November 2009 to country radio and Sunday 24 November 2009 to digital retailers; it was done in partnership with CMT One Country, who donated a portion of the proceeds from the single to various charities, including the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
Additionally, Rory Feek along with Tim Johnson, created The Song Trust; under this an album of holiday songs performed by children, titled 'Merry Kidsmas', was released.
On Thursday 15 October 2009, Joey + Rory announced that they were in the studio working on the follow-up album to 'The Life Af A Song' (Vanguard Records/Sugarhill Records, 2008).
The album, titled 'Album No.2', was announced in January 2010 and given an expected release date of June 2010. The first single, 'That's Important To Me', was released to radio in May 2010.
On Tuesday 16 March 2010, it was announced that the duo were the winners of the 2010 Academy of Country Music Award for 'Top New Vocal Duo' and that they would compete alongside Luke Bryan and Gloriana for the 'Top New Artist' Award.
On Thursday 1 April 2010, Joey + Rory performed new songs from their upcoming album, participated in interviews and received their award on the GAC special 'ACM Top New Artists'.