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Submitted by Don Graham

Cover Photo Credit: Kevin Garrett

Echo Montgomery Garrett, daughter of Nashville legend Bob Montgomery and former Elvis  studio background singer Carol Montgomery was given a name that would ensure that her life and career would be anything but mundane and boring. We caught up with Echo at her home in Marietta  Georgia and her combined Texas, Tennessee and Georgia accents are  as charming as her name. “ My dad , as most people know, had a duo with Buddy Holly as a teenager and Buddy had a girlfriend named Echo Maguire, so when I was born I was either going to named Echo or Holly. I’m happy with the choice they made of Echo.”  The road that led Echo to Georgia and her current productive, happy life with husband Kevin and sons Caleb and Connor is decorated with adventure, dedication and love.“   Growing up in Madison, Tennessee we lived next door to Patsy Cline and her and husband Charlie Dick. they would visit and I would play with their daughter, Julie. My memories of Patsy are like a fairytale in that I thought she looked like Snow White, with the dark hair, pale skin and that slash of red lipstick. Those were great times. When Dad went from being a T.V. repairman to A&R man, producer and publisher opening  House of Gold Music  he would bring home what he was working on and play it for me. It was usually quite late but I was a night owl and was most often awake. Eventually I wound up working for Dad at House of Gold along with my husband. Interesting fact is my husband Kevin turned down a good job to work for less money at House of Gold because of his love of music. Dad would have bags of tapes for us to listen to and we get to preview them for him. Dad insisted that every tape was listened to. There was a time once when a bag got shoved in a corner and forgotten about. Dad was so upset saying that every tape had somebody's dreams on it. So I learned a lot about the value to be placed on creative works.”

Eventually the Garretts  moved to New York City when Kevin Garrett was offered a modeling position at a top agency in The Big Apple.. Echo got a job writing for McCall’s magazine, a top flight women’s publication. “ Dad taught me you could make a living out of  words and I have done that ever since.”

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