The Llano Country Opry will be staged on Saturday, July 18, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $12.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354. Heart of Texas Recording Artists Amber Digby and Heather Myles will headline the Llano Country Opry.
Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, the capital of Country Music, Amber Digby is one of the most refreshing country singers in the first decade of the new century. She recorded her first album “Music from the Honky Tonks” in 2002. It received much attention from all over the world, selling worldwide and creating an overwhelming base of fans. For the last two years, her first CD, “Music from the Honky Tonks”, and her second project “Here Come The Teardrops” have been at the top of the charts on the radio and internet broadcast stations. Songs off her CDs are favorites among the DJs and listening audience who tune in to XM channel 13, “Willie’s Place.” When Digby visited the XM studios, Willie Nelson personally called to thank her for being a part of “Willies Place,” and for carrying on the tradition of true country music.
The popularity of Digby’s first album resulted in several tours abroad: she performed at the Furuvik Country Festival in Sweden, toured Australia, playing in Melbourne, Sydney, New South Wales and Brisbane. After returning to the US, she performed in Tulsa, Nashville and Ft. Worth.
In summer of 2006, Digby signed with Heart of Texas Records (based in Brady, TX) and released her second CD, “Here Come the Teardrops,” sending her back for another European tour, to Sweden and Norway. Digby just returned from a trip to France where she headlined her own shows and worked with John Schneider (of Dukes of Hazard fame). Her most recent project, “Pride Passion and What Might Have Been” has become her most successful album to date.
By the readers of the Scandinavian magazine, “Kounty Korall,” she was recently voted “Female Artist of The Year,” along with her project, “Here Come The Teardrops,” being voted “International Album Of The Year.” Digby was also nominated for “Pure Country Female Vocalist” in 2006 by the Academy of Western Artists and won the award in 2008.
Heather Myles has become one of the most successful female traditionalists in the Country Music business. Her deep rooted honky tonk style of singing is in the Bakersfield style and has been likened by many to that of Dwight Yoakum. Myles has had her songs featured in a major feature film and has performed with some of the country greats. Building a dedicated following of fans in the US and Europe, Heather has succeeded in spite of disdain from Nashville and the major record labels. “You Will Love Me One Day” features on the film Transamerica.
Myles’ family, originally from Scotland, settled in Canada and eventually migrated to Southern California where they operated a ranch specializing in the breeding and training of racehorses. Myles was born in Riverside, California. As a child, she always thought she would follow in the family business and even considered becoming a jockey. However, an extraordinary talent for music and her powerful voice would soon lead Myles to a much different track.
Myles has released five albums including two on HighTone Records, and two on Rounder. While not a Top-40 country star in the contemporary Nashville mode, she has had considerable influence on the larger country-western music sphere due to her stubborn adherence to traditional country music. Through near-constant touring in the 1990s and early 2000s, she has built up a loyal following that appreciates her throw-back style and refusal to compromise her vision of what country music should be.
In July 2009, Myles signed with Heart of Texas Records. Her new project slated for a summer release will feature a duet with Country Music Hall of Famer Willie Nelson. Myles is also starring in and producing a new television show titled “True Country” that should hit the market in the fall. In July 2009, one ofher songs was featured on the popular “Army Wives” television program.
Other entertainers on the show will include Ben Watson, Bode Barker, Shane Lively, Bucille Snotgrass, Charley Walton and Don Ricketson. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show. For more information about the Llano, Mason or Marble Falls Opry, log on to www.heartoftexascountry.com.