When the Sojourners sing, you can hear their beaming smiles. It's what joy sounds like in three-part harmony. That's because church-men Marcus Mosely, Ron Small, and Will Sanders know how to masterfully blend their clearwater voices into heavenly gospel jubilance. Not bad for a group spontaneously formed as makeshift backup for Canadian bluesman Jim Byrnes. On this, their second album since debuting in 2007, the Sojourners give lift to a spiritual core that connects the stylistic dots between the chapel pew (bubbling over "Brother Moses Smote the Water"), the 1950s street corner (floating "Lead Me Guide Me" on doo-wop angel wings), and the '70s R&B stage (sweetly swirling "When I Die"). Los Lobos' "The Neighborhood" even prays well in their care. In spite of a vocal blend pure enough to work alone, they are blessed by the silk gurgle of Hammond organ and guitarist/producer Steve Dawson, who can do no wrong on anything with a slide. His hot-handedness whips an already-crackling "Great Day" into a final frenzy. "it's Hard to Stumble (When You're on your Knees)" billows on wispy pedal steel. And a lap steel plays the heavy - all dark clouds and rolling thunder - in the notoriously heaviest of creeps through "Death Don't Have NO Mercy". But fear not: mortality can't even sink the ascendant Sojourners.