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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

IMPORTANT UPDATE(5/9) Dixie Echoes To Record Live Video at XM Radio's Live Performance Theatre

XM's Live Performance Theatre has seen its share of outstanding performances by some of the worlds greatest artists. The list of those who have recorded at XM's Live Studio include Kathy Matea, Melissa Etheridge, Joe Satriani, John Welton, Berlin, Jon Anderson, Paul McCartney, BB King, and many, many others. But on June 2, 2007 The Dixie Echoes will be the first gospel group to ever record a live video performance in the XM Live Performance Studio.

In December 2006 the Dixie Echoes had the opportunity to stop in and visit XM Headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the first time. We were greeted with a warm welcome by Enlighten 34's DJ's Marlin Taylor and Dan Dixon. During our brief tour of the XM facilities, we toured the XM Live Performance Theatre and simply fell in love with it. Almost immediately we began talking about how great it would be to record a live video there. I'm not sure who was more excited, us, or Marlin and Dan! Since then we've been working out the logistics of getting there and whether or not the studio would be available. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Marlin Taylor, Dan Dixon, and Stewart Varnado it's really going to happen!

The studio has very, very limited seating, roughly 40-50 seats will be available. This will provide a very intimate, yet exciting setting. If you live in the D.C. area and would be interested in being part of the live studio audience call 202-380-4000 to make your reservations. Admission is FREE!! Be watching for the video release of this LIVE concert later this year. Go to our website, and sign up for our FREE email newsletter and you'll be among the first to know when this video is released and available for purchase!

The Live Performance studio at XM features flawless acoustics and a half-million dollar control room — truly an ideal environment for a live performance. The studio can accommodate approximately 50 people, including an orchestra of up to 40 performers. The space is used for live performances, recording for record labels and XM shows, mixing, and remastering. It is also available for rental.

The performance space utilizes an assortment of acoustically diffusive and absorptive surfaces (glass, metal, ceramic, wood, and Fiberglass), spaced and angled according to precise mathematical calculations. The result is a warm signature sound, simulating a chamber concert hall. One wall features a ceiling-to-floor glass window that allows visitors to view working sessions. An extensive theatrical lighting system can be used for live television broadcasts as well. Like all XM studios, the performance suite has a suspended floor and floating walls, eliminating any bleeding of sound or transmission of digital artifacts from neighboring studios.

Visitors and employees can view the live performances through the glass wall.

The Dixie Echoes outside the XM Live Performance Studio with XM's EnLighten channel 34's DJ's Marlin Taylor and Dan Dixon. (L-R): Marlin, Randy "Scoot" Shelnut, Jr., Randy Shelnut, Stewart Varnado, Dallas Rogers, Tracy Crouch, and Dan Dixon.

UPDATE-5/9/07-From Marlin Taylor of XM Radio

XM Satellite Radio, America's no. 1 satellite radio service (featuring 68 commercial free music channels), is assembling a small audience of friends and fans of Dixie Echoes for a taping session with the artist on the afternoon of June 2, 2007 at XM's Washington, DC broadcast studios.

The seating for this special program is extremely limited and approximately 40 people will be chosen on a "first-come, first-served" basis determined by when their email is received at XM. If you are interested and are 100% confident that you can be in Washington, DC on the afternoon of June 2, 2007, please send an email complete with your full name and contact information to

Make sure to include "DIXIE ECHOES” in the subject line of your message to or your email will not be considered.

If you wish to come with a guest - one other person only - please include that person's name and contact information (email and cell phone nos. are important in case there is a change in schedule) as well. If you are selected to attend, you will receive an email with the exact time and further instructions. Only people who have received this email will be put on the guest list and will be able to attend.


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