[pullquote quote="We made this record with hopes of trying to bring the listener into our home and share a small piece of our world at Christmas time with them" credit="Joey, of Joey+Rory"]Rising country duo [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Joey+Rory[/lastfm] give fans a taste of what a bluegrass Christmas in rural Tennessee really feels like on their first Christmas album, A Farmhouse Christmas.
Released on October 11th, A Farmhouse Christmas contains twelve holiday tracks; but what makes [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Joey+Rory[/lastfm]‘s version of Christmas so special is the ten tracks on the record that are either new or not traditionally associated with Christmas. Rory recently spoke about why the duo chose to go with that approach:
“Some people might wonder why we haven’t filled this record with more of the Christmas standards,” Rory continues. “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.”
Some standouts on the album are definitely the classic Christmas standard Away in a Manger, the fun number What the Hell (It’s the Holidays), I Know What Santa’s Getting for Christmas, written by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Garth Brooks[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kent Blazy[/lastfm], and a memorable bluegrass rendition of Blue Christmas. The duo also recorded a cover of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Merle Haggard[/lastfm]‘s If We Make It Through December for the album, which is particularly special because of the inclusion of background vocals from Haggard.
Check out the music video for [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Joey+Rory[/lastfm]‘s most recent single That’s Important To Me, from 2010′s Album Number Two:
If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy a Christmas album, and you’ve heard all the standards, check out [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Joey+Rory[/lastfm]‘s A Farmhouse Christmas to see Christmas in a whole new way.
The track list for [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Joey & Rory[/lastfm]‘s A Farmhouse Christmas is as follows:
- It’s Christmas Time
- The Gift
- If We Make It Through December
- Remember Me
- I Know What Santa’s Getting For Christmas
- What The Hell (It’s The Holidays)
- Blue Christmas
- Come Sit On Santa Claus’ Lap
- The Diamond O
- Away In A Manager
- Let It Snow (Somewhere Else)
- Another Wonderful Christmas