It's Easter week and CBC host Tom Power turns his weekly look at music to a favourite genre: gospel.
First up is the Dixie Hummingbirds, one of the finest gospel groups, known for taking gospel out of the churches and revivals of the American south and spreading it onto main stages and concert halls far and wide.
Next is Toronto's Ken Whiteley, a Canadian roots music chameleon. The veteran and prolific singer, songwriter and instrumentalist has tackled the blues, gospel and folk genres, but most recently, he's spent a lot of time onstage at festivals strumming his mandolin and leading folk workshops, says Power.
For something a little different, check out Steve Martin and his sometimes group The Steep Canyon Rangers. The famed actor-comedian has developed a reputation for his Grammy-winning bluegrass music, but he's also a fan of gospel — despite being an atheist. So, he decided to write a charming little gospel number for people like him entitled Atheists Don't Have No Songs.
Watch the attached video to check out excerpts of music from Dixie Hummingbirds, Ken Whiteley and Steve Martin.