This particular vocal group now based in Vancouver, have a different way of approaching the gospel music that is becoming so popular with white audiences lately. Formed around the smaller gospel quartet, this trio harmonize at mid-range level, while abandoning the baritone position for the most part. A blend of different sounds all centered in the gospel tradition come forth with a mix of heavy electric guitar, slide work and certain tunes ladened in the blues. Will Sanders, Ron Small & Marcus Mosely all were born in the USA, but now call Canada home. Steve Dawson produced this CD, and is the man responsible for the guitar work here. The rhythm includes Mike Kalanj on B-3 Hammond, and Wurlitzer, Keith Lowe on bass and Geoff Hicks on drums.
The CD opens with a great rendition of “Nobody Can Turn Me Around,” which teems with vocal presence. Many traditionals are included on the playlist including “Brother Moses Smote the Water,” “Another Soldier Gone” and “Great Day.” Other tunes include the Los Lobo’s number “The Neighborhood,” and “When I Die,” originally a hit for the Canadian pop band Motherlode. Gary Davis’ “Death Don’t Have No Mercy “ is deeply well done, and for the closer they include the old gospel standard “By and By,” which is performed by a very blues laced acoustic guitar and strong vocal. 11 tracks in all. Check out the Sojourners, and get a little blues, a little doo-wop, and most of all that true gospel experience that we’re all looking for once in a while.