Joey + Rory Celebrate ‘A Farmhouse Christmas’
Joey + Rory have announced a release date of October 11, 2011, for 'A Farmhouse Christmas.'
Inviting listeners to a small town, Pottsville, Tenn., Christmas celebration in their 19th century farmhouse, the singer-songwriter duo have recorded a selection of rather unlikely Yuletide songs; 10 of the 12 tracks on the CD are either new songs or tunes not traditionally associated with the holiday.
"Some people might wonder why we haven't filled this record with more of the Christmas standards," Rory explains. "Well, the truth is, we feel like that's what everyone seems to do, and we'd rather try to add a new song or two to the list of holiday classics that people listen to every Christmas, rather than just give them another take on the songs we all know and love."
To that end, the husband and wife recorded songs close to their hearts, to offer fans their own personal interpretation of the holiday, including playful tunes like 'Let it Snow (Somewhere Else),' the Garth Brooks and Kent Blazy-penned 'I Know What Santa's Getting for Christmas,' and the irreverent 'What the Hell, It's the Holidays.'
While 'Farmhouse Christmas' does include standards 'Away in a Manger' and 'Blue Christmas,' it also features an unexpected take on Merle Haggard's 'If We Make it Through December,' which was never intended to be a holiday song, but fit perfectly regardless, according to the couple. The legendary singer also lends his vocals to the track.
"We can't begin to tell you what an honor it is to have Merle singing on it with us," Joey says of the song. "There are some dreams that even when they come true, you still think you must be dreaming ... and this is one."
'A Farmhouse Christmas' will be in stores on October 11. A tour of in support of the album is currently in the works. For more information, click here.