Tuesday, January 12, 2016
– Joey + Rory will release a deluxe package of the upcoming "Hymns That Are Important To Us" Feb. 12 at Cracker Barrel.
The announcement comes at a time when Joey is in hospice care with cancer. Her husband, Rory Feek, has documented her illness in a blog, "This Life I Live."
The duo's seventh studio album includes previously unseen photos of Joey and Rory and their family, a magnet, lyrics, excerpts and stories from Rory's blog.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will donate $1of the retail sales price of each deluxe CD package sold to the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation, a nonprofit supported by the musical duo.
"Joey and I feel blessed to partner with Cracker Barrel for the deluxe package of our new hymns album," said Rory Feek. "These songs of faith and hope mean so much to us, and to have them wrapped within intimate stories and photos from our lives is a dream come true. We are both big fans of the restaurant, and our family has held hands and said blessings over many meals there throughout the years."
The disc features 13 tracks that "capture the words and melodies that were the soundtrack to Joey's childhood," said Rory. "It's the one Joey has always wanted to make - filled with the hymns she grew up with."
The release includes "When I'm Gone," a song that has special meaning to the couple, who approached Cracker Barrel about the partnership.
Rory Feek wrote in his blog, "As we were looking for and choosing the 12 songs that would go on the new record, we both knew that we wanted one of them to be a Sandy Lawrence song. Sandy was a undiscovered songwriter who had moved to Nashville twenty-something years ago and knocked on a thousand un-opened doors on Music Row. In her late 50's now, working at a library and helping her husband Cowboy Jack take care of the horses at their small ranch south of Franklin- we had come to know and love the songs that Sandy wrote. Different than most songwriters in Nashville where co-writing runs rampant, Sandy writes hers alone. And they're brilliant."
"We recorded the album in a studio in Nashville early in the summer - just after recovering from (Joey's) first big surgery in Chicago," Rory said. in a press release "And then she did her vocals where she could ... in hotel rooms, our house, wherever and whenever she felt up to singing."
Take My Hand, Precious Lord
I Surrender All
He Touched Me
Softly and Tenderly
Jesus Loves Me
It Is Well With My Soul
The Old Rugged Cross
I Need Thee Every Hour
How Great Thou Art
I'll Fly Away
Jesus Paid It All
When I'm Gone