Since losing his wife and country and gospel duo partner, Joey Feek, to cancer in spring 2016, Rory Feek has stayed largely out of the spotlight. The singer-songwriter (and one half of Joey + Rory) has been focused on raising the couple's daughter, Indiana, on their farm in Pottsville, Tennessee. But now, Rory is ready to his music on stage again. This December, he'll perform six special Christmas shows from the concert hall in his own barn.
"I have had some time to think and pray and talk with family about it, and I am ready to open the doors of the barn up wide and let some light in," Rory wrote in a post on his blog, This Life I Live. "To do more of what I'm supposed to be doing. More of what Joey would want me to do."
The concert will include tracks from Joey + Rory's holiday album, A Farmhouse Christmas, which they performed for their first TV special, as well as other songs and stories.
The idea for the shows came after Rory performed without Joey for the first time in September, on what would have been his late wife's birthday weekend. It was a concert benefitting the Music Health Alliance. Though it was difficult to do it alone, Rory said the experience also felt very right. He is a born storyteller, after all, and he feels he is being called to his and his wife's story.
"Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year and this will be the first year that Indiana is old enough to begin to understand who Santa Claus is and what Christmas means, so it will be a very special one for us," Rory continued. "I think having the shows here at the farm will make this holiday season even more meaningful. And in some ways, it will be a way for Joey to be with us. She is in every song I sing and story I tell. And every breath I breathe."
Tickets for the concert series, titled "Once Upon a Christmas," are available for $100 for the following days: December 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, and 17.
Can't make it to any of these December dates? Rory said he hopes to also offer spring and summer shows, which will be announced in early 2018.