Some dismiss gospel music because they don't share religious attitudes or beliefs. But as with the music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, or Elvis Presley, to pass on the Sojourners just because you haven't "seen the light" would be a huge mistake.
This Afro-Canadian trio does indeed make a joyful noise, one that at times harkens to the country/blues/gospel of the peripatetic acoustic blues and gospel artists of the early-mid 20th century, like Blind Willie McTell, though not as rough-hewn. For the most part, the Sojourners remind one of the late Curtis Mayfield's work with Major Lance (Minus the horns) and his own Impressions (minus the secular love themes).
Helping a bang-up job by producer/guitarist Steve Dawson are the vocals of Marcus Mosely, Ron Small, and Will Sanders. This is particularly so in a toe-tapper like "Great Day," which features Dawson on slide and benefits from Mike Kalanj's masterful hand on the Hammond B-3. A beautiful PLatters-like take on the traditional "Another Soldier Gone" with a simply spectacular electric solo from Dawson does even more to clarify the connection between "soul music" and music of and for the soul. This is Dawson's album as much as it is the Sojourners'.