Judds show up at Joey+Rory show

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Wynonna and Naomi Judd attended Joey+Rory's supper show and family fun festival in northwest Marshall County. They permitted photos, but declined interviews. Naomi has the last word in a Joey+Rory music video: "What can I say, Joey? I love a man in overalls."

Among 1,000 people attending the Joey+Rory concert Saturday in Marshall County were Wynonna and Naomi Judd whose relationship with the hosts includes the couple's "Cheater, Cheater" music video.

As its title implies, "Cheater, Cheater" lyrics quote a wife's description of the other woman's character in some of the most derogatory terminology. So, Naomi's reply to the invitation to appear in the 2008 music video, according to Rory Feek's version while on stage Saturday was something like this: "Sure. Sluts are us."

That classic country music theme of betrayal swung the show around styles and rhythms ranging from Joey+Rory's wistfully different tempo for Lynyrd Skynyrd's 1974 rock classic "Free Bird" to a reputable rendition of "Me and Bobby McGee" by Baltimorean Caitlin Lynn, now of Nashville. The show also included a gospel hymn, bluegrass, boogie-woogie and a lot of country music.

Young couples and grandparents enjoyed the variety and quality of the performances.

Years ago, Howard and Joan Eddins, residents of that northwest part of Marshall County with the concert grounds, moved to that community anchored around Marcy Jo's Mealhouse at Pottsville. The Eddins said they're glad cattleman Bud Mitchum bought more land in that area.

"This is better than the rock quarry that would have been on Mr. Moses' property," said Joan Eddins, despite her preference for rock 'n' roll. "We don't" feel the blasting from the quarries, "but they do on Anderson Hill."

The concert was hed near the Moses property.

The Eddins moved to Marshall County from lakefront property at Old Hickory and grin when explaining, "We were hippies from the word go in the '60s.

"This is Marshall County's Bonnaroo," Joan Eddins said, gesturing toward her daughter, Mitzi Mangrum who lives nearby, runs a beauty parlor in Columbia, and plans to attend Bonnaroo this coming weekend near Manchester.

All three prefer a Franklin businessman's plan for the property near Joey+Rory's "2nd Annual Bib and Buckle Fest." Beyond the amusement park idea (Ol' South Experience) that attracted so much attention in 2007, the concept was all-inclusive with homes, stores, offices, a lake and other amenities on land straddling the Marshall and Maury counties' line at Rally Hill.

Seated by chance next to the Eddins were Joe and Julie Zamboldi of Vancouver, Wash., who came to the Bib and Buckle Fest last year when they played volleyball with Rory Feek and Joey Martin. They liked the "Cheater, Cheater" music video and decided this year and last to vacation in Nashville and go to northwest Marshall County for the festival.

The Zamboldis renewed their friendship with David and Kim Bracey. When the Zamboldis told the Braceys they came from Washington State to attend last year, the reply was "I don't believe you."

At the time, Kim Bracey was carrying their son, Landon, inside and Saturday afternoon, family photos were made to preserve this year's memories.

"The people are so friendly in Tennessee," said Joe Zamboldi, a salesman for SGL Carbon, a German company valued at 1.5 billion euros.

"When you first see them (Joey+Rory) there's something that really draws you in," he said.

Another salesman at the show was Jesse Brown, Internet salesman for Richard Lyons, the GM dealer in Lewisburg who provided free bottled water for the crowd. It was iced down between two new pickup trucks and a Camaro.

Lyons arrived when Joey+Rory were on stage and they persuaded their sponsor to move to the front of the audience where they sang a song written for him. It's about Lyons' annual Christmas gift of $100 to dozens of under-privileged children so they may buy toys. One boy bought a mattress at the Wal-Mart in Lewisburg for his mother so she wouldn't have to sleep on the floor.

Social commentary sprung from the stage to applause when the featured couple endorsed people's desire to "give a piece of your mind to those fat cats on Wall Street," to enjoy a country-western Saturday night, a Sunday morning sermon and a laid-back life. The sentiments are part of their presentation of "This Song's For You," and they told the audience, "We're up on the stage, but you're the star."

They said it was performed especially for the fans who traveled a long way to attend.