Get ready for some foot-stompin', hand-clappin' gospel and good-natured churchin' from a trio that does more than simple three-part harmony. You live, feel, and breathe the music delivered by Will Sanders, Ron Small, and Marcus Mosely with a rhythmic beat and texture rich enough to be compared to - dare we say it? - the late, great Sam Cooke's early work.
Pulling in elements of doo wop, R&B, rock, country, and blues, the Vancouver-based group isn't Western Canada per se - not with each being church singers for decades and hailing from Texas, Chicago, and Louisiana. The story behind them is a marvelous fluke: Canadian blues icon Jim Byrnes asked Mosely to round up some singers for backup vocals a couple of years ago. From the point in which Small and Sanders joined Mosely at the microphone, magic ensued. Though untitled, this album is actually their second. Highlights include an inspirational cover of the Los Lobos civil rights/social justice song, "Peace in the Neighbourhodd" and a beautiful fully dark rendition of "Death Don't Have No Mercy," a song by the Rev. Gary Davis that was popularized by the Grateful Dead.
- Tom Henry