For over 50 years the Dixie Echoes have been delivering the Gospel message in song across America through their spiritually uplifting music ministry. Respected by their peers and industry leaders alike, the Dixie Echoes. The Dixie Echoes got their start in 1960 when the Ole Gospel Man himself, JG Whitfield, was stricken with what more than one man has endured – diesel fuel in the blood. (For those of you who may be unfamiliar with that incurable condition, it is the unquenchable desire to be on the road, singing Southern Gospel Music.) Whitfield, only just a couple of years earlier, had yielded his bass singing role of the Florida Boys to spend more time at home. But as the country entered the first year of the ’60s, the desire to sing lured Whitfield to form another quartet that he named The Messengers. In 1962, J.G. renamed the group to The Dixie Echoes Quartet. It was in 1963 that the Dixie Echoes truly began to journey down the path that would carve their place in Southern Gospel history.