The pain over singer Joey Feek’s death back in 2016 will never really go away. She was much too young, much too vibrant and much too talented to be taken away from us so soon. And that still hurts.
Yet, we move on, and country music moves on and — most importantly — Joey’s husband and musical partner Rory Feek is moving on with his life. Just a few months back, Rory made a dramatic step when he played a number of shows for Nashville’s Music Health Alliance, his first performances without his beloved by his side.
“Performing again on the beautiful stage in the barn that we built together felt so wrong … and so, so right,” Rory recalled in a brand new blog post on Oct. 27. “Wrong because I miss Joey so much, and because she was such a great singer and performer that, to me, whatever gift I have pales in comparison to hers. And wrong because I selfishly want our song to go on together forever, our lives and love story to never end. But those two evenings in September felt right for so many other reasons. First off, I have come to believe that there are things in life that we do … and things that we are born to do. For me, I realized an hour into the first night that sharing songs on a stage — however big or small — is one of mine.”
It’s this feeling that has led Rory to make a big decision as we head into the holiday months.
“I have had some time to think and pray and talk with family about it, and I am ready to open the doors of the barn up wide and let some light in,” he wrote in the blog post. “To do more of what I’m supposed to be doing, more of what Joey would want me to do. So we’ll start with some Christmas shows in December and see how that goes. And hopefully early in the year, we’ll pick some more dates to do shows in the spring and summer.
“In some ways, it will be a way for Joey to be with us,” he added. “She is in every song I sing and story I tell. And every breath I breathe.”