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Album Review: Amber Digby – ‘The World You’re Living In’

amberdigbyIndependent artist Amber Digby is back with a new collection of tunes, which  like most of her earlier work, consists mainly of covers of classic country tunes.  This time around, however, she’s included some more contemporary fare along with some remakes of old classics and some lesser-known older songs.

The album opens with a reverent rendition of Norma Jean’s “It’s a Long Way From Heaven (To The World You’re Living In)” , which is pedal steel-drenched track in the vein that we’ve come to expect from Amber.  I’m not familiar with the Norma Jean version, but I like Amber’s take on the song very much.   Additionally, there are the expected covers of songs made famous by Connie Smith, Tammy Wynette, and Loretta Lynn.   She pays homage to Smith with the Dallas Frazier-penned “If It Ain’t Love (Let’s Leave It Alone)”  Nobody can sing it like Connie Smith, but the song is well worth resurrecting and introducing to a new audience.    “We Loved It Away”, which Amber sings with Randy Lindley, is one of my all-time favorite George Jones and Tammy Wynette numbers.  “The One I Can’t Live Without” was previously recorded by  Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.  Vince Gill is Amber’s duet partner on this one.

Aside from the usual Smith, Wynette and Lynn tunes, Amber steps outside the box a little and covers some less traditional artists such as Lynn Anderson (“How Can I Unlove You”) and Outlaws such as Johnny Paycheck (“It Won’t Be Long and I’ll Be Hating You”).

As far as more contemporary numbers are concerned, Amber does a very nice cover of Vince Gill’s “One More Thing I Wish I’d Said”, from Gill’s recent Guitar Slinger.  My digital copy of the album from CD Baby came without liner notes, but “You Leave Again” and “She’d Already Won Your Heart” sound like newer songs, and “Saturday Night” with its references to cell phones and emails was definitely written recently, though it sounds like a vintage tune.

None of these tunes will ever be heard on mainstream country radio but all are worthwhile efforts that will be appreciated by anyone who enjoys traditional country music.  Legendary musicians such as Lloyd Green, Dicky Overbey and Jim Loessberg on steel guitar, Pete Wade on electric guitar, and Harold “Pig” Robbins help make these songs sound true to their era, as opposed to contemporary reinterpretations.  There is nothing to not to like here.  If you miss the way country music used to be, you need this album in your collection. It can be purchased from Amber’s website, Amazon, or CD Baby.

Grade: A

9 responses to “Album Review: Amber Digby – ‘The World You’re Living In’

  1. randy lindley January 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    from the liner notes/artwork:
    one more thing i wished i’d said (written by amber digby/vince gill)
    she’d already won your heart (written by amber digby/dani flowers)
    saturday night (written by amber digby/bill anderson)
    you leave again (written by amber digby/sean locke)
    where will you go (written by amber digby)
    you put me here (written by amber digby/dale dodson)

  2. Occasional Hope January 30, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    It’s good to see Amber developing her songwriting alongside her great vocals.

  3. Ben Foster January 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for alerting me to this release, Razor. I’ve been listening to this album on Spotify, and I’m very much enjoying it.

  4. James Louis Reeves January 31, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Hi Randy, could you post the musicians from the liner notes too?

    • Randy Lindley February 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Dicky Overbey, Jim Loessberg, & Lloyd Green – pedal steel guitar
      Pig Robbins – piano
      Pete Wade – electric lead guitar
      Jake Hooker – upright bass
      Ben Collis – tic tac guitar
      Reggie Rueffer – fiddles
      Randy Lindley – rhythm guitars
      Dee Jee Overbey (Amber’s mom) – harmony vocal on “It’s A Long Way From Heaven (To The World You’re Living In)

  5. Paul W Dennis January 31, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    great album – too bad its airplay potential is near zero, except for Willie’s Place on XM Radio an some of WSM 650-AM shows

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