Joey + Rory – “This Song’s For You”
Joey Martin and Rory Lee Feek are nothing if not straightforward. Their upcoming sophomore album is titled Album Number 2, and their leadoff single–which is available as a free download on their website–is called “This Song’s for You.”
Who’s the “you” that Joey + Rory (joined on the bridge by tour mate Zac Brown, who wrote the song with Feek) are saluting? Honest workers, churchgoers, beer drinkers, hellraisers, patriots, fans of “as real as it comes” country music, concert attendees, and anyone who’s ever lost a friend or had his or her heart broken. So…that’s just about everybody, right?
While the sentiment is a nice one, and all three singers are very sincere in their delivery (a sincerity that’s reinforced by offering the MP3 to their fans for free), the song, which includes the clunker “We’re up on this stage/But you’re the star” is at times cringe-inducing in its cheesiness and, to some ears, nudges a toe over the line separating appreciation and pandering.
“This Song’s for You” is worthy of a sideways thumb, if that were an option: it is well sung–especially by Feek, who, in alternating vocals with his wife, sings on this song more than he did on the entirety of The Life of a Song, and the arrangement, bolstered by plenty of pedal steel, is pleasantly neotraditional. Aside from what’s mentioned above, the lyrics aren’t half bad, with the best being “If you wish we didn’t have to go and send our boys to war/But you still think this country of ours is sure worth dyin’ for.”
There are catchier, better written songs on Album Number Two that might serve as stronger singles, or, at the very least, show a little more of Joey + Rory’s vibrant personalities than this generic song displays. The combo of Martin, Feek, and Brown–who sound excellent together, it must be said–isn’t quite enough to save “This Song” from drowning in syrup.
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