What, No Jingle Bells?

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joey and rory What, No Jingle Bells?

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I guess its inevitable, just like death and taxes, Christmas time will soon be upon us.  One country couple that have taken things into their own hands are the husband and wife duo of [lastfm link_type=””]Joey and Rory [/lastfm] who are planning to release their new Christmas album, ‘A Farmhouse Christmas,’ this fall.

The album will have 12 tracks, 10 of which are new or never released Christmas songs.  As Joey explains: ”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.”  ”Christmas means so much to Joey and me,” Rory adds. “It brings on so many feelings that other times of the year just don’t. We seem to laugh — and eat — more, think deeper, reminisce more, and for a short time, most of our priorities all to come into perspective”.  ”Some people might wonder why we haven’t filled this record with more of the Christmas standards.”   “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.”

‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘Blue Christmas’ are the only two solo standard holiday tunes on ‘A Farmhouse Christmas.’ Joey and Rory also recorded [lastfm link_type=””]Merle Haggard[/lastfm]’s  ’If We Make It Through December,’ which was never meant to be a Christmas song, but the duo felt it fit the album perfectly. “We can’t begin to tell you what an honor it is to have Merle singing on it with us,” said Joey. “There are some dreams that even when they come true, you still think you must be dreaming … and this is one.”  The Christmas album should be available October 11.  Merry Christmas.

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