The Life of a Song

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The Life of a Song
The Life of a Song.jpg
Studio album by Joey + Rory
Released October 28, 2008 (2008-10-28)
Recorded 2008
Genre Country, bluegrass
Length 37:55
Label Vanguard/Sugar Hill
Producer Carl Jackson
Joey + Rory chronology
Life of a Song
Album Number Two
(2010)Album Number Two2010
Singles from The Life of a Song
  1. "Cheater, Cheater"
    Released: September 17, 2008
  2. "Play the Song"
    Released: March 16, 2009
  3. "To Say Goodbye"
    Released: July 27, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Country Standard Timefavorable link
Country Weekly3.5/5 stars link
Country Universe4.5/5 stars link
Roughstockfavorable link

The Life of a Song is the debut studio album from the country music duo Joey + Rory. The album was released on October 28, 2008 via Vanguard and Sugar Hill Records.[1] It was produced by Carl Jackson.[2] The album features songs which Joey and Rory sang on Can You Duet.

The first single from the album, "Cheater, Cheater" was released in September 2008[3] and has become a Top 40 hit on the Hot Country Songs charts. This song was previously recorded by the duo Bomshel, whose own version failed to chart earlier in 2008. "Play the Song" and "To Say Goodbye" followed in March and July 2009, respectively. Also included is a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird".

The song "Sweet Emmylou" was named the best country song of 2008 by country music blog Engine 145.[4] The song was previously recorded by co-writer Catherine Britt as a hidden track of her album Little Wildflower.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Play the Song" (Rory Lee Feek) – 2:58
  2. "Sweet Emmylou" (R. L. Feek, Catherine Britt) – 3:36
  3. "Tonight Cowboy You're Mine" (R. L. Feek, Joey Martin Feek, Heidi Feek) – 2:52
  4. "Cheater, Cheater" (R. L. Feek, J. M. Feek, Kristy Osmunson, Wynn Varble) - 2:59
  5. "Rodeo" (R. L. Feek, Martin, Cory Batten) – 3:55
  6. "Heart of the Wood" (Dan Demay, Tony Villanueva) – 3:38
  7. "Tune of a Twenty Dollar Bill" (Shawn Camp, Mark D. Sanders) – 4:02
  8. "Loved the Hell" (R. L. Feek, Martin, Varble) – 2:42
  9. "Free Bird" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:49
  10. "Boots" (Mike Ward, Touchstone McDonald, Mark Harris) – 3:08
  11. "To Say Goodbye" (R. L. Feek, J. M. Feek, Jamie Teachenor) – 3:42
  12. "The Life of a Song" (Patrick Jason Matthews, Rebecca Lynn Howard) – 3:14


Joey + Rory
Additional Musicians

Chart performance[edit]

The Life of a Song debuted at #10 on the Top Country albums and at #61 on the Billboard 200, selling approximately 8,000 copies in the first week. As of April 2010, the album has sold 215,000 copies.

Charts (2008) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 10
U.S. Billboard 200 61