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In concert: Joey and Rory at The Carlyle Club

joey roryJoey and Rory kept things casual, sometimes too much so. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP)

By Emily Yahr

Sometimes it's refreshing when the musical act at a concert doesn't take itself too seriously -- unabashedly begging people to buy their CD, or after making a joke that bombs, deadpanning, "That was supposed to be funny, y'all." But in the case of Joey + Rory, the married country duo of Joey and Rory Feek, the complete nonchalance of their acoustic performance on Saturday night was a mixed result.

On one hand, the couple's charming, carefree attitude worked quite well in the intimate gathering at WMZQ's Boxer's Boo Bash at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, where some of the audience relaxed, lying down on the dance floor or bringing chairs to sit around the stage. Rory, rocking his signature overalls, took over the microphone to croon such classics as "Granny's Got Her Daisy Dukes On" and Paul Overstreet's "I Think She Only Loves Me for My Willie" (Nelson impression).

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At other times the duo's happy-go-lucky demeanor wasn't quite so effective. The couple's best-known song, "Cheater Cheater," viciously lashes out at an unfaithful husband and his choice of partner, referring to the offending woman as a phrase not printable in a family newspaper. So it was a bit jarring to see Joey with a big grin, beaming cheerfully to the crowd as she sang, "I wish her well, as she rots in hell, and you can tell her I said so."

While audience and performers seemed to equally enjoy the 40-minute set before concert headliner Joe Nichols took the stage, it wouldn't have hurt to see a little more depth from the duo. In between performing tunes "That's Important to Me," "God Help My Man" and "A Little More Country Than That" (the Easton Corbin song co-written by Rory that's up for two Country Music Association awards in November), the couple shared idyllic anecdotes about life on a farm in Tennessee, and traded cutesy compliments.

Describing the "pivotal moment" during the couple's time on CMT's reality competition show "Can You Duet," Rory recounted how Joey's cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" brought show judge Naomi Judd to tears.

"She's one heck of a singer. . . . I just wish she weren't so darn homely looking," joked Rory while gazing adoringly at his gorgeous wife. "But I guess a man can't have everything."

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By Click Track  | October 25, 2010; 3:50 PM ET
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