Since I'm on the gospel beat, here's a Canadian act with a twist: instead of Southern sounds, this Vancouver-based sacred trio with a choir background is backed by acoustic string band and bluegrass sounds on its debut album.
Produced by ace instrumentalist Steve Dawson (Zubat and Dawson), it is uncluttered and explosive. The trio creates a massive harmony, so big it is at its best a capella. The choice of acoustic instruments is brilliant, Dawson's ringing guitar and Keith Lowe's booming double bass against Geoff Hicks's propulsive, brushed drums that are as joyful as the music. The songs are gospel classics, but if you are new to the genre, like me, you'll get a kick out of numbers such as Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb and Children Go Where I Send Thee.
The ultimate weapon here is the high harmony singing, and The Sojourners are as brilliant as any of their Southern kin.