Rep. Borders presents Sagamore of the Wabash to country music duo

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, February 18, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 18, 2016) – State Reps. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) and Melanie Wright (D-Yorktown) Wednesday presented Sagamore of the Wabash awards to country and bluegrass duo, Joey and Rory Feek.

Joey’s father, Jack Martin, accepted the awards on their behalf.

“The Sagamore of the Wabash is the highest distinction in Indiana, and it’s an honor to present it to Joey and Rory,” Borders said.

Joey and her husband Rory first got their start on the 2008 CMT Competition “Can You Duet?” Since then, they have had a successful music career in Nashville, Tenn., collaborating with artists such as Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and others. Unfortunately in June 2014, Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

“Throughout her battle with cervical cancer, Joey and Rory have maintained their faith in God, while also providing hope and encouragement to family, friends, and thousands of fans that have been impacted by their blog and social media posts,” Borders said.

After Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer, she had to endure surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. She has since ended her treatments.

Borders said Rory keeps a blog called, This Life I Live, which talks about their experiences while inspiring people to be strong during difficult times. The blog can be found at

“Important Hoosier values, such as loving others, serving one’s country, following one’s dreams, and showcasing grace and joy during difficult times — have all been exhibited by Joey and Rory,” Borders said. “I would like everyone to keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Joey and Rory currently reside in Alexandria, where they have three daughters: Heidi, Hopie and Indiana.


Rep. Borders represents Sullivan, Knox, Greene, Vigo, and Daviess counties. 

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Attached and below is a photo of Rep. Melanie Wright, Jack Martin and Rep. Bruce Borders.