Last week’s prediction: blessed silence?
So I initially interpreted this week’s iTunes promotional copy as an insult to the very act whose song they were giving away: This husband-and-wife duo didn’t quite win the crown on Can You Duet, but they instantly won us over with “Cheater, Cheater.” Wherein I read Can You Duet as an album title, rather than the name of a CMT-aired reality TV show, and “didn’t quite win the crown” as an uncharacteristically music-writery slight to the album in question, rather than an acknowledgment that Joey & Rory came in third on Can You Duet, not first.
As yet, there is no actual album: “Cheater, Cheater,” in true Nashville fashion, was first trotted out as a single for a different Tennessee duo, Bomshel, who couldn’t quite make it happen, possibly due to their terrible name. Joey & Rory’s aptly named The Life of a Song, which repurposes Bomshel’s wayward single, is due at month’s end. This particular cheating-related song is presumably an attempt to slipstream in behind every other infidelity-related country song, ever; in the video, the other woman is revealed, and her name is Naomi Judd!
Next week’s prediction: About time for one of those winsome, short-haired female trip-hop devotees…
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 14, 2008