Back when Joey Feek struggled to find her place in the Nashville music scene, she signed a deal and recorded an album. The record, If Not For You, was only available for purchase at Feek’s shows and though her website.
As part of his way of honoring his late wife, husband Rory Feek partnered with Gaither Music Group to properly release the project in April. Now, he’s shared the unreleased video for the album’s ninth track, “Red.” The clip features a young Joey Feek on her family farm, singing the praises of country living.
From farmers tans to FFA jackets, Feek lists all the different things that make you “red,” another term for being country at heart. Though the video comes from the mid-2000s, it looks like something straight out of the 1990s. Then again, they always said country music was several years behind the rest of the industry in production and style.
At the time, Feek still served as a veterinary clinic helper working with horses. That record never really took off, but it did lead to her collaboration with husband, Rory.
In fact, the album features several co-writes between Joey and Rory. The pair of course eventually teamed up for 2008s Can You Duet? They fell in love and started a career together.
Feek passed away from cervical cancer in March 2016. Now, Rory aims to keep her legacy alive by sharing all the content from her life few people saw. If Not For You peaked at No. 6 on the country charts, selling more than 10,000 units.
The project started with their album Hymns That Are Important To Us, released just before her death. That record went on to chart No. 1 on the Billboard country albums chart, and No. 4 on the top 200 albums overall. The husband and wife duo won a Grammy award for the record earlier this year.