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Gene Watson's peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson's Peers who were contacted during 2007 were most gracious with their time and words. It is here, within this special part of the Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Amber Digby, which she submitted to this site on Wednesday 30 May 2007.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Amber Digby who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 30 May 2007.
'Gene has one of the most distinctive and purest voices in country music. He is the consummate entertainer.
I've had the pleasure of working with him and had first-hand experience witnessing his showmanship and professionalism.
Check out his schedule and you'll see that he's still one of the most popular singers in our music'.
Thank you, Amber Digby, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Amber Digby...
Amber Digby was born and raised in Nashville and her musical influences include Loretta Lynn, Connie Smith, Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 - Monday 6 April 1998), George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013), Ronnie Milsap and Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993).
Amber Digby was surrounded by country music when growing up. When she was born, her father, Dennis Digby, had just left his job as road manager and bassist for Cal Smith to start playing bass for Loretta Lynn.
While growing up, Amber Digby would go on the road with her dad, ride the band bus (the one used in 'Coal Miner's Daughter') and watch the shows from the side of the stage.
Meanwhile, Amber's mom, Donna, was a backup singer for Connie Smith, a slot she relinquished when Amber was two, and she later went to work for Ronnie Milsap Enterprises.
Amber Digby's uncle is well-established country artist Darrell McCall, and her aunt Diane McCall had her own solo career in the 1960s and also worked with Charlie Louvin (Thursday 7 July 1927 - Wednesday 26 January 2011). The youngest McCall, Amber's Uncle Dennis, played bass for Barbara Mandrell in the 1970s.
When Donna remarried when Amber was nine years old, the groom was legendary steel player Dicky Overbey, who was in Ronnie Milsap's band at the time and who had played with the likes of Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996), Johnny Bush, Sammi Smith, Connie Smith and Hank Williams Junior.
Amber Digby started performing with bands in clubs when she was fifteen years old. In 1997, she performed at the Tulsa Bluegrass Festival and in 1998 she sang at the Iowa State Rodeo.
It was also in 1998 that Amber Digby recorded a 4-track demo in Branson, Missouri. The demo featured musicians from the road shows of both Moe Bandy and Mel Tillis and was produced by her stepfather and famed steel guitar player Dicky Overbey.
Amber Digby's first album, 'Music From The Honky Tonks', was recorded in Austin, Texas and was released in 2002. The album was co-produced by Amber Digby and Justin Trevino and led to international tours of Sweden, Slovenia and Australia.
Amber Digby's 'Here Come The Teardrops' (Heart Of Texas Records, 2006) was recorded at Justin Trevino's studio in Martindale, Texas and was released by Heart of Texas Records in June 2006. Artists and musicians involved in the recording of the album included Justin Trevino, Jake Hooker, Dicky Overbey, Bobby Flores, Dave Biller (former guitar player with Dale Watson's band) and Leona Williams.
Amber Digby's 'Here Come The Teardrops' (Heart Of Texas Records, 2006) included 'Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall', which was written by Larry Gatlin.
Gene Watson recorded 'Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall' (written by Larry Gatlin) and included the track on 'Because You Believed In Me' (Capitol Records, 1976).
Amber Digby's 'Here Come The Teardrops' (Heart Of Texas Records, 2006) also included 'Flame In My Heart', which was written by George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) and Bernard Spurlock.
George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded 'Flame In My Heart' (written by George Jones and Bernard Spurlock) and included the track on 'White Lightning' (Mercury Records, 1959).
Amber Digby's 'Here Come The Teardrops' (Heart Of Texas Records, 2006) also included 'Hinges On The Door' (written by Baker Knight), which was originally recorded by Connie Smith and included on 'Connie Smith' (RCA Victor Records, 1965).
Amber Digby's 'Here Come The Teardrops' (Heart Of Texas Records, 2006) also included two tracks which were originally recorded by Loretta Lynn; 'A Man I Hardly Knew' (written by Loretta Lynn) and 'Another Man Loved Me Last Night' (written by Lorene Allen and Peggy Sue Wells).
Loretta Lynn recorded 'A Man I Hardly Knew' (written by Loretta Lynn) and included the track on 'You Ain't Woman Enough' (Decca Records, 1966); the track reached No.72 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1966.
Loretta Lynn recorded 'Another Man Loved Me Last Night' (written by Lorene Allen and Peggy Sue Wells) and included the track on 'Coal Miner's Daughter' (Decca Records, 1970).
It was also in 2006 that Amber Digby was nominated as the 'Female Vocalist Of The Year' by the Academy of Western Artists.
In 2008, Amber Digby's 'Passion, Pride And What Might Have Been' was released and immediately received rave reviews. The project featured her band members and debuted Amber Digby’s talents as a producer, where she co-produced with Justin Trevino.
Although her success would appear to have sprung up overnight, this is not so.
Amber Digby comes from a musical family. Both her parents have been in country music for decades: her mother Dee was a harmony singer with Connie Smith and her father Dennis Digby played bass for Loretta Lynn for almost twenty years.
Amber Digby's uncle is legendary entertainer Darrell McCall, while her aunt is Diane McCall. Her stepfather, Dicky Overbey, is considered a steel guitar legend and has played with, amongst others, Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996), Connie Smith, Hank Williams Junior, Ronnie Milsap and Johnny Bush.