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Rory Feek, With A Guitar In Hand, Bravely Performs In Public For The First Time Since His Wife Joey's Death

"There’s a little bit of music in our house again and that’s wonderful."

With the help of music, Rory Feek is helping keep the memory of late wife Joey Feek alive and well. In addition to releasing Joey's posthumous debut solo album last month, Rory is picking up the guitar again and admits to being open to seeing what life has in store next.

In an interview with CBS This Morning's Anthony Mason, Rory opened up about the decision to release Joey's first and only solo album. It was recorded back in 2005 when she wanted to make it as a solo artist, and before he had decided to take his place in the spotlight with her as Joey + Rory.

"Nothing was going her way. It just wasn't happening," the country music singer said about the album that had been released by a small label at the time. "So it just pretty much sat on a shelf for the last, how long, 10 or 12 years? It's been sitting there sort of waiting for a moment when someone might care."

Well, it seems as though people do care because If Not For You debuted at No. 6 on the country charts, per Billboard.

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As many will remember, Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer back in 2014 — shortly after the couple's daughter Indiana was born. After a long and difficult fight with the illness, Joey passed away two years later, in 2016, at the age of 40.

The little family Joey left behind is still living on the same farm and keeping her in their memories. One way they're doing so is by bringing music back into the household. Rory said they'd recently gotten a piano and that Indiana loves playing on it. "There's a little bit of music in our house again and that's wonderful," Rory said.

Rory previously said he didn't want to be onstage without his wife, the wheels of thought recently started turning after he'd heard a church group sing a Joey + Rory song. One night, after putting Indiana to sleep, Rory picked up Joey's guitar, played for a bit, and hung it back up.

Now, it seems, Rory is ready to get back out in the public light musically and performed an unreleased Joey + Rory song titled "I Like the Sound of That" — the last song the couple sang together, which details their future plans. 

Check it out for yourself:

(H/T: The Boot)

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