A Dixie Echoes concert: Three Thoughts
The other day—long after I had written and scheduled this morning’s CD review—I found out that the Dixie Echoes were going to be in the area last night. It was a splendid evening. A few thoughts, which I’ll put in a comment instead of their own post to avoid Dixie Echoes overload:
- Make no mistake, I love groups that can do great concerts with tracks. But still, there is something to be said for taking a few evenings a year and going out to see a group that does Southern Gospel in the way that our genre’s founders thought it should be done.
- Michael Helwig is a great addition on tenor, and Mike Jennings is every bit as good live as he is on CD. Somehow, the Dixie Echoes have managed, in five years’ time, to discover two of the five best bass singers in our genre. That’s no small feat.
- The Dixie Echoes have added a “true four-part harmony” section to their program, with Jennings singing a melodic bass part instead of merely replicating the root of the 1/4/5 chords on “If You Know the Lord” and “Roll On Jordan.” This alone is worth the cost of a concert ticket.
If you talk about live music, and wish more groups would do it, make sure to take a few evenings a year and support the groups that still do.