Joey + Rory, ‘Album No. 2′ — Story Behind the Lyrics
Joey and Rory‘s title track to their latest album, ‘Album No. 2,’ is a tongue-in-cheek, fun-filled poke at the music industry from a duo who know that having a sense of humor is the key to surviving the ups and downs of a crazy, unpredictable business. The tune was written by Rory, Wynn Varble, and Don Poythress (the trio behind the recent Easton Corbin hit, ‘A Little More Country Than That,’) with another artist in mind, but when that artist passed on it, Joey and Rory dusted it off for their sophomore album, realizing it was perfect for the followup to their debut CD, ‘The Life of a Song.’ The Boot sat down with Rory over coffee at their farmhouse south of Nashville to talk about the inspiration behind the hilarious, ‘Album No. 2.’
We wrote the title track five or six years ago for a different artist, Blaine Larsen, and he was surrounded by people in the industry who were trying to change him, as is everybody when they’re in that situation. We were producing his record, and his label passed on it for him. And little did we know five or six years later we’d have a second album coming out ourselves, and it was Joey’s idea for us to record it, she recognized that all the lines pertain to us all these years later.
That one was partially inspired by one day when I was at Shoney’s when I first got to town in the late 90’s. I was a huge fan of this legendary singer, and he was there at Shoney’s in the parking lot, and he came up to the car window. He wasn’t begging for food or anything, but he was dangerously close, and he was really kind of having a tough time, and he was driving a junky old car, but the funny thing was when you talked to him he was talking about his big comeback. And it reminded me that even though we were doing well, you just never know how it’s going to go in this business.
We record a lot of serious stuff, but we also try to mix in fun stuff too, because it’s something we feel is missing out there now. Everybody’s too busy being cool. But we like to laugh … we laugh at ourselves a lot!
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