Watch Rory Feek’s First Public Performance Since Joey Feek’s Death
Rory Feek's appearance on CBS This Morning on Saturday (May 20) was a special one: The country artist, one-half of the duo Joey + Rory, gave his first public performance since the death of his wife, Joey Feek, in March of 2016.
Readers can press play above to watch Rory Feek perform an unreleased song, "I Like the Sound of That;" it's the last song that he and his wife sang together. Feek co-wrote "I Like the Sound of That," which talks about a couple's future together, in 2003 with Billy Falcon. Feek's performance of the song is an emotional one: At one point, as he sings "You say you see it all so clear / We're gonna laugh and cry some tears ...," he has to stop to pull himself together to continue the song.
Prior to Joey Feek's death, Rory Feek said that he "[has] no desire to go on singing or performing without her.” During his time on CBS This Morning, Feek told the show's Anthony Mason that's still mostly true: "I’ve had someone hand me a guitar from time to time," Feek shares, "but I begrudgingly just pass it on to the next person."
However, after hearing a church group perform a Joey + Rory song, Feek -- at home, alone, after daughter Indiana's bedtime -- took his wife's guitar down off the wall and started playing around.
"Pretty soon, an hour had gone by, and I’d probably sang about a dozen songs that I hadn’t sang in a year or so," Feek says. "And it felt pretty good. Then I just hung it back up."
In the year since Joey Feek's death, her husband has written a book about their relationship and released a documentary honoring her. Rory Feek also helped to get his wife's 2005 solo album re-released, but he says he's really not sure what's next.
“I don’t know yet what’s down the road, but I’m thinking about it. I’m really thinking about it for the first time," Feek says. "And I’m staying pretty open to the possibilities. I haven’t been very open to the possibilities.”
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