Rory Feek tugged on heartstrings everywhere when he made the choice to pick up his guitar for the first time since his wife’s death.
The performance came on May 20, during an appearance on CBS This Morning. During the interview, he stated that he had begun to play again, but only in private. However, to further help with the healing process, he chose to perform an unreleased song on air, solo, for the first time. Naturally, it was hard for him to get through the entire song without tears.
Rory said the inspiration to sing again came after he had heard one of his and Joey’s songs sung by someone else.
Later that night when the baby was in bed, I got my wife’s guitar down off the wall. Pretty soon an hour had gone by, and I’d probably sang about a dozen songs that I hadn’t sang in a year or so. And it felt pretty good. Then I just hung it back up.
Joey passed away just over a year ago after battling cervical cancer. She and her husband were part of a duo that first appeared on “Can You Duet?” in 2008. Since their time on the show, they developed quite a large fan base. Eventually, they went on to record several songs together.
Sadly, just a few months after their daughter, Indiana, was born, Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer. After trying both surgery and chemo, the cancer initially disappeared before coming back a few months later. During her cancer treatments, the Feeks would record hymns in their hotel room. Eventually, those recordings would become the last CD the couple would ever release together, “Hymns That Are Important to Us.”
Throughout the treatments and Joey’s death, Rory blogged about their experience and kept fans updated almost on a daily basis. Immediately following her death, Rory said he had no desire to sing without her, but he now says that he is open to the possibility.
“I don’t know yet what’s down the road, but I’m thinking about it,” he told CBS. “I’m really thinking about it for the first time. And I’m staying pretty open to the possibilities.”
It’s great to see that he is finally starting to heal from his loss and build his life again.