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The Story Behind "Josephine"
Posted on November 23, 2012
Traditional country's Joey & Rory, who have added TV-show hosts to their ever-growing list of accomplishments, have gone back in time, way back, to create their newest music video.
The just-released clip was made in honor of “Josephine,” a poignant Civil War story song that's featured on their latest Sugar Hill release titled "His & Hers."
According to the act's record-label PR camp, Rory Feek, while researching the history of the couple's 1870s Tennessee farmhouse in Maury County, came across a series of letters that area solider J. W. Robison had penned to his wife, Josephine, in December 1861.
“It was cold and the future of the war and the nation was unclear, and he was missing wife and his children,” Rory shared in a November 20th interview with Examiner.com regarding the letters. “The grammar he used and his spelling was terrible, but the words he wrote to her were unbelievably poetic.”
“Rory’s a bit of a history buff, so It made a strong impression on him.” Joey added, “and now for us to be able to make such a powerful music video and share the story of the love of this couple a 150 years later is something that we’re really proud of.”
Music historian and critic Robert K. Oermann has deemed "Josephine" as “a mini masterpiece.” And the "His & Hers" album, wherein Joey and Rory take turns singing lead vocals on its dozen tracks, has been heralded as the duo's strongest release yet.