My sweet friend Kathie spent the morning near Chapel Hill at a video shoot for Joey + Rory's latest release "Josephine." For those of you not familiar with this couple, Rory Lee and Joey Feek are local country music singer-songwriters. Kathie shares some of the highlights from her day....
Rory is a history buff and a former member of the Maury County Historical Society.
In September 2000, Colleen Farrell wrote an article for Historic Maury, the publication of the Maury County Historical Society. The article was based on letters transcribed in the 1960s by local historian Jill Garrett, letters written during the Civil War between J.W. Robison and his wife Josephine. J.W. was a member of the Capt. James Sparkman's Maury Lights, and spent time in two Union prisons. The letters are incredible, and very poignant. When Rory read the letters, he was inspired to write the song "Josephine" - he's had the song for 12 years.
Above is a copy of Josphine Robison's application for a widow's pension, from the 1920's. Below is J.W. and Josephine Robison's Maury County marriage certificate.
Porters Battery from Gallatin portrayed the Union soldiers.
Joey's sister, Jessie May, played Josephine. And Aaron Carnahan, Joey + Rory's manager, plays J.W. Robison. J.W. Robison served with the Maury Light, and spent time in two Union prisons. He sent letters home to his wife Josephine throughout the War.
Kathie presents Joey+Rory with a the book "Hither and Yon" by Jill Garrett.