Concert Review:   Sacred Calling and Dixie Echoes (Jefferson, GA)

Concert Review: Sacred Calling and Dixie Echoes (Jefferson, GA)

I am blessed to attend so many great southern gospel concerts.  This one was more special to me because I had recently gotten Sacred Calling’s brand new “Stronger” CD and couldn’t wait to see and hear these ladies sing their new songs!

Sacred Calling is a trio of ladies from Morristown, Tennessee.   The group was started in the early 2000’s but went on hiatus while member Penny Shelnut was a member of The Chuck Wagon Gang.   They have been back together now for several years with Nicole Buchman (an original member) and Rachel Elkins joining Penny.   (The other original member of the group was Nikki Shaw, who is now singing with her family group, Children of the Promise!)  These sweet ladies have a lovely blend and the songs they chose for their new album showcase their wonderful sound with such meaningful messages.

Since Sacred Calling has a limited touring reach and many won’t be able to see them in person, I thought I would feature more videos than usual!!


The Dixie Echoes with Randy Shelnut, Sr., Stephen Adair, Randy Shelnut, Jr. (Scoot), and Mark Cates performed some classics and some newer songs from their album “Can’t Hardly Wait.”  I’ve reviewed the DE’s recently, so all I will add here will be these two videos:

  • How Great Thou Art – The Dixie Echoes almost always include this song in their program, and at this concert, the ladies from Sacred Calling joined them.
  • Farther Along – This featured “The Shelnut Trio” – Randy, Sr. and Jr. with Penny.


Diana Brantley

Diana is from the Atlanta, Georgia area and is a relatively recent southern gospel fan, having started listening avidly about 15 years ago. With easy access to eastern Alabama, southeastern Tennessee and north and central Georgia, Diana attends as many concerts as her schedule allows to see a wide variety of artists.

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