His and Hers by Joey+Rory
This married duo’s first two albums highlighted their homespun sound, traditional country influences and effortless musical chemistry, with the two often trading verses throughout a single song.
This time, the unpretentious sound is still there, though Joey and Rory divvy up the 12 tracks; Joey’s earthy, understated alto takes the lead for a half-dozen songs, such as “Waiting for Someone” and current single “When I’m Gone,” while Rory’s warm baritone capably delivers a cover of Tom T. Hall’s “Your Man Loves You, Honey” and the gorgeous “Josephine,” a musical love letter from a soldier who knows he won’t make it home.
Gary Paczosa, known for his engineering work with Alison Krauss & Union Station, takes the helm with a similarly uncluttered production that lets fiddles and subdued guitar work serve as a musical base for the couple’s flawlessly entwined harmonies, as each provides supporting vocals for the other.
The melody and the groove of “Love Your Man” roam a little too close to the duo’s first hit, “Cheater, Cheater,” though they are certainly not the first country artists to borrow musically from themselves.
Overall, the subtle change in approach to their third offering showcases Joey and Rory’s strengths both as individual musicians and as a duo.