“Hymns That Are Important To Us” features 13 tracks that “capture the words and melodies that were the soundtrack to Joey’s childhood,” said Rory. “It’s the one Joey has always wanted to make – filled with the hymns she grew up with,” he continued.
The album provides an intimate glimpse into the husband and wife’s life-changing year and includes “When I’m Gone,” a song that has special meaning to the couple, who approached Cracker Barrel about the partnership. “We recorded the album in a studio in Nashville early in the summer — just after recovering from [Joey’s] first big surgery in Chicago,” Rory said. “And then she did her vocals where she could … in hotel rooms, our house, wherever and whenever she felt up to singing.”