MUSIC REVIEWS: Joey + Rory, Jesse Terrry, Josey Milner

Made To Last by Joey+Rory

 

After four critically acclaimed studio albums and more than five years performing together as an award winning country music duo, Joey+Rory, Rory Feek and Joey Martin are finally making music on their own terms. Made To Last was released October 8, 2013 via their self-run label, Farmhouse Recordings. It is available on CD and Vinyl. The album features 12 hand-picked singles. “This album is the most personal project we’ve ever worked on” explains Feek. “With this record, we had the freedom to record anything we wanted. We chose these songs solely because we loved them and wanted to sing them. I know the fans will be able to feel that intimacy when they listen to these tracks.”

 

Rory’s favorite pick on the album is “50,000 Names”. The song was originally cut by George Jones in the 2000’s and Feek explains that he has always loved this song and it was the first one he picked for the album. The song is a reminder of the 50,000 names carved in the Vietnam Veteran’s Wall. “Dreamer” is another that Feek explains he and Joey wrote one afternoon while on a beach in Florida. The lyrics are catchy and upbeat; “dreamer, dreamer, the grass ain’t no greener / whoever spread that rumor lied” and are laced with banjo and bluegrass overtones. Rory explains they love bluegrass-both playing and singing it when they get a chance.

 

Every song is special to the couple and the album comes with its own backstory about why each song was included while providing a glimpse into the loving life of this fabulous duo. The vocals, instrumentation and production (Rory Feek) are absolutely amazing on the album. This is one for the few true country albums to cross my desk in recent years. I highly recommend it—everyone should have it in their collection!  For more information please visit www.joeyandrory.com or www.facebook.com/joeyandrory

 

Made To Last by Joey+Rory

 

1. If I Needed You   (Townes Van Zant)

2. Good Truck   (Rory Feek / Zac Brown / Coy Bowles / Nick Cowan)

3. Just A Cup Of Coffee   (Stephanie Davis)

4. 50,000 Names   (Jamie O’Hara)

5. Dreamer   (Rory Feek / Joey Martin / Danny Potter)

6. I Love You Song   (Rory Feek)

7. Now That She’s Gone   (Rory Feek / Morgane Hayes)

8. I’ll Sing For You   (Rory Feek / Tony Martin)

9. Made To Last   (Austin Cunningham / Allen Shamblin)

10. In A Cowboy’s Dreams   (Rory Feek / Joey Martin / Jenny Yates)

11. Enough   (Rory Feek)

12. To Do What I Do   (Tim Johnson)

 

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Jesse TerryStay Here With Me by Jesse Terry

 

Jesse Terry is an international award-winning singer/songwriter whose life and music make him one of the most prolific indie artists today and a favorite at nationwide live venues and concert series. He released his third full-length album, Stay Here With Me November 12, 2013. Jesse says of his newest project; “We made exactly the record I wanted to make. I really feel like I was able to completely let go in the studio more than ever before (and) these amazing folks put their entire hearts and souls into it.”

 

It’s not every day that you hear a voice like Jesse’s. His vocals are as clear as the cloudless blue sky and the lyrics flow as pure as a fresh mountain stream. He carries your emotions with a soothing flow. Jesse’s voice has been compared to that of Ryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Ray LaMontagne and James Taylor. Terry is the “real deal”!  “Don’t Let Me Fall For You” is a beautiful song about falling in love, “Don’t let me fall for you, ‘cause I can’t get back on my feet, Get back on my feet, the way you do”. Every composition on the album is well written and the production is simple and sweet.

 

Legendary Tony Arata, renowned singer-songwriter and 2012 Inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame lauded him by saying, “I have been a fan of Jesse Terry since the first time I heard him. He's a humble - and humbling - talent.”  I highly recommend this album for easy listening. For more information, please visit www.jesseterrymusic.com , www.facebook.com/jterrymusic or www.twitter.com/jesseterrymusic

 

Stay Here With Me by Jesse Terry

 

1. Stay Here With Me

2. Rattling Cage

3. Feel That Way Again

4. Don’t Let Me Fall For You

5. Deeper Wells

6. Marina

7. Awake At Last

8. Barbed Wire

9. Beekeeper

10. This Should Be Home

11. Second Dance

 

 

 

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Joesy Milner“Cowgirl” by Josey Milner

 

This 17 year young lady grew up on a small farm in Missouri. At age 7, she began barrel racing at local rodeos, making the rodeo arena her first stage. She started singing the National Anthem at her youth rodeos, eventually graduating to performances at PRCA rodeos across Missouri and Kansas, including the American Royal in Kansas City. These anthem performances led to the decision for her to hang up her spurs and follow her dreams of country music fame. She started like most do with country music shows, local fairs and just about any place she could. She soon put together a band and became one of the most sought-after live acts in the Kansas City area. Currently, Josey has an outrageous following not only locally but is a recognized top country artist internationally.

 

Josey belts out “Cowgirls” like a pro and has a natural “sassy sense” about her while singing this pop/country song. She mentally brings you into the venue and you can almost feel yourself swaying to the spunky tune while sitting on the stool as she performs on the stage. When an artist can do that to the listener, you know you have a hit singer and song.

 

“Cowgirls” was written by Hillary Lee Lindsay (Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Sarah Evans), Angelo Petraglia (Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Brooks and Dunn), and Ryan Rygmer. For more information please visit www.joseymilner.com.

 

Reviews by Pam Stadel

 

 

 

 

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