This week I went into the personal vault and pulled out the Dixie Melody Boys; Antioch Church Choir (Uncle Jesse). Released in 1982, the Dixie Melody Boys actually released the album first under a different title. When the song “Uncle Jesse” took off, Benson Music Group picked up the album and re-released on the Lifeline label as Antioch Church Choir (Uncle Jesse).
To date, “Uncle Jesse” remains the Dixie Melody Boys only #1 song in Southern Gospel music. Growing up in central Maryland, one would think the opportunity for seeing groups in concert were tough. That was not the case. The town I grew up in had an annual Southern Gospel concert that would bring in three major artists every year. And, when there weren’t groups close to home our family would travel to Lancaster PA to all of the Garden Spot Promotion events.
I saw the Dixie Melody Boys many times in concert, as a kid in the ’80s and their LPs were abundant in our household. Listen to sound bites of an album that helped shape my love of Southern Gospel music; the Dixie Melody Boys, Antioch Church Choir (Uncle Jesse).