Joey + Rory’s Bib and Buckle Fest Will Be ‘Duet’ Reunion
People wearing overalls and oversized belt buckles will fit right in at Joey + Rory's second annual Bib and Buckle Fest, scheduled for June 5 in Pottsville, Tenn., south of Nashville.
"I guess the name is kind of obvious," Joey says with a smile. "I've always worn a belt buckle with my jeans and Rory loves his Carhartt bib overalls!"
The event was going on several years before it was christened with an official name. "It was created originally as a homecoming concert," Rory explains. "We figured it would be a day of fun, food and music for all our neighbors. Then people started coming in from Michigan, Florida and Washington State, so we decided it needed to be a special yearly event."
"This year, for fun, we decided to make it a 'Can You Duet' season one reunion and invite some of the other artists that were on the TV show with us in 2008," says Rory. "They are all so talented and honestly, we never get to see each other any more. This is a chance for us to all reconnect, and even more ... for our fans to connect with the other artists they loved on the show also."
The pickin' and grinnin' gets underway around 3 p.m.; the food makes an appearance around 5. Joey + Rory assure attendees that the music will continue long into the evening, with the husband-and-wife team hitting the stage at 7 p.m.
"When you travel all over the country singing for people like we do, it's so neat to be able to have them come to us so we can share our own community with them," Joey says.
The event is put on in partnership with the family-owned restaurant Marcy Jo's Mealhouse and is sponsored by Lyons Chevrolet, Buick and GMC in Lewisburg, Tenn. and also -- naturally -- by workwear retailer Carhartt. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or quilts to fully enjoy the festival seating at the event.
Tickets are priced at $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12, and include a meal, dessert and entertainment. Visit the official Joey + Rory website to purchase them. The menu, consisting of Boston butt and chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, cornbread, Coca-Cola cake and Elvis cake, along with sweet tea and coffee, comes from Marcy Jo's Mealhouse, which is owned by Joey and her sister-in-law Marcy.