Patty Griffin – Downtown Church (Credential / EMI Music Canada)

On this, Patty Griffin’s sixth studio record, this self-proclaimed “lapsed catholic” explores gospel music in all its glory, contributing only two original tracks to this 14 track album.  With pals such as Buddy and Julie Miller, Emmylou Harris and Raul Malo stopping by to lend their talents, Downtown Church is a folkie’s dream come true. 

While the bulk of Griffin’s material here comes from the traditional / public domain realm of music, her poignant take on Hank Williams’ House Of Gold is an immediate highlight as are other tracks such as Little Fire, Never Grow Old and All Of Our Creatures Of God and King.