2016 has been a difficult year for Rory Feek, who lost his wife and musical partner Joey to cervical cancer in April. Still, he continues to keep Joey’s spirit alive by supporting her passions. Before her death, she asked her longtime friend and musical collaborator Bradley Walker to perform at her funeral. The singer just released his new album, Call Me Old-Fashioned, which entered the Billboard Top Country Albums chart at No. 9. The release also features a duet with Joey herself, using a mix of her previously-recorded vocals alongside Bradley’s.
Shortly before his record was released, Walker was invited to perform at the Opry. Naturally, it was fitting that one of his oldest friends would be there to introduce him. It was the first time that Feek had stepped onto the Opry stage without Joey, and the enormity of the moment was obvious. Still, it was Walker’s incredible talent that truly took the spotlight that night.
Walker was born with muscular dystrophy, but that hasn’t stopped him from developing an impressive career. He’s been performing nearly his entire life, and regularly performed with Joey + Rory over the years.
After so many years of hard work and devotion to his craft, its inspiring to see that it’s all finally paying off.
You can pick up Walker’s new album, Call Me Old-Fashioned, in stores now.