City and Colour is part of a grand, largely undocumented tradition of Canadian boho-folkies who let it all hang out. (Spirit of the West, anyone?) What distinguishes Dallas Green, 31, from his lily-white contemporaries is his robust, swamp-soaked voice. His new album Little Hell has a bluesman’s strut and stride. Green sings with a gut-reactionary despair likely learned from the broody Apollo bluesmen who breathed gospel and hissed fire in the 1960s. His lyrics (“Cigarette smoke hangs in the air / And the grass ain’t growing like it did long ago”) sometimes look banal on paper, but more often than not they’re saturated with true gravitas. Prior to fronting City and Colour, Green manned guitar duties in the lovely post-hardcore group Alexisonfire. He departed from the group this summer, inspiring a goldmine of shatteringly emotional material. Tracks like Little Hell single “Fragile Bird” are full of hurt, pathos and cautious belief in the possibility of salvation.