Thursday, February 28, 2008

Review -- THE SOJOURNERS -- Hold On

HOLD ON
The Sojourners
Black Hen Music
8-out-of-10

The Sojourners have something of an intriguing birth story, one which immediately drew my attention. The trio -- Will Sanders, Ron Small and Marcus Mosely -- originally came together to provide background vocals to Jim Byrnes' latest Juno award winning CD project, House of Refuge. Byrnes was so pleased with the trio's contribution to his CD that he christened them The Sojourners.
Now for those who are unaware, Byrnes is a great Canadian bluesman. His CD That River remains one of my all time favourites. Fans might also recall Byrnes from a reoccurring role in the television series Highlander.
Well Byrnes latest, which sadly I have not yet heard, is a gospel effort, blues, roots and gospel do mix together well. So that is what you get with The Sojourners, good old fashioned roots/gospel music. By the way Byrnes is on hand to offer some guest vocals on both Run On and Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb.
Now I may not be the biggest fan of, nor an expert on gospel music, but I do love good roots music, and this truly is music which can fit in both genres. This is music reminiscent of the music sang in the cotton fields a century, or so ago.
Small, Sanders and Mosely work with tight, beautiful harmonies, which is the strength of this CD.
This one of course has strong religious overtones, but musically it is more than that too. Very solid effort for a first recording. Fans will be hoping for more from this trio.
Check them out at www.myspace.com/thesojourners
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb. 27, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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