Sept. 1, 2016
FIVE MONTHS AFTER THE LOSS OF HIS WIFE, SINGER-SONGWRITER RORY FEEK TELLS “CBS SUNDAY MORNING” HE STILL CAN’T BRING HIMSELF TO ORDER A HEADSTONE
Five months after the loss of his wife, Joey, singer-songwriter Rory Feek can’t bring himself to order a permanent headstone for her grave, he tells Anthony Mason in an emotional interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING to be broadcast Sept. 4, on the CBS Television Network.
For nearly a decade, Rory and his wife Joey performed together as the popular country duo Joey + Rory. Joey died earlier this year after a two-year battle with cervical cancer, just as their latest album, “Hymns That Are Important,” debuted at the top of the country charts. Her battle and the couple’s life together are featured in a new documentary produced by Rory and released this week. He also documented their final months together in a widely read blog.
Joey was buried in March in a cemetery on the grounds of the Feek family’s 60-acre farm.
So far, Rory has held off adding a headstone to her grave. “I don’t know why, I just can’t,” he tells Mason. “I don’t know if it’s that she’s so simple, and a wooden cross is part of what she would like. It probably has something to do with permanence. So, for now, I can sit out here and feel like it’s – it’s maybe just temporary. Although I know it’s not.”
Rory has added a bench next to her grave, however. He visits almost every day. “I got a place for my coffee and her’s,” he tells Mason. “And we still have coffee together.”
In a wide-ranging interview, Rory Feek opens up to Mason about the couple’s life together, how he believes she saved him, and how he is coming to terms with her loss and her battle with cancer. He also talks about his work going forward. Feek tells Mason he’s not writing music now.
“I don’t want to go on stage without her,” he tells Mason. “That’s what I’m thinking about right now. I just don’t want to make music without her. But I also know time changes things. So I won’t say never. It’s just where I am today.”
CBS SUNDAY MORNING is broadcast Sundays (9:00-10:30 AM ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.
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