The links between gospel music and the Blues are many, yet plenty of Blues lovers tend to overlook them. They should take a listen to The Sojourners. This vocal trio - based in Vancouver, Canada, though the three men are from Texas, Louisiana and Chicago – has a sound which is firmly in the tradition of the great groups of the forties and fifties such as The Golden Gate Quartet, The Soul Stirrers, The Swan Silvertones and others. It is a joyous, yet often thoughtful approach (‘Another Soldier Gone’ is a good example, with a very contemporary relevance). It can also be very, very Bluesy, as for example, the driving ‘Strange Man’ here, and of course the cover of Reverend Gary Davis’s “holy-blues” ‘Death Don’t Have No Mercy’, whilst ‘When I Die’ is a dead-ringer for Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions. Nor do they always look backwards – there is a fine, slightly heavy version of the Los Lobos socially conscious number ‘The Neighborhood’. Producer Steve Dawson has supplied a small, very sympathetic group for this, the group’s second album. How’d I miss the first, and how do I get hold of it?