Scott Harlow of Chicago has created an interesting and fun website devoted to funk, soul and gospel 45s from the Midwest. Most of the issues are of late 60s-1970s vintage, when indie and vanity labels grew exponentially and captured the sound of the times.
On the Illinois Gospel page, you'll find photos of rare 45s, including a sampling of Offie Reece's One-Way discs, CIMUDE releases on the Duncanaires and the late Bishop L.H. Ford, and audio snippets from gems such as the Sensational Southerners of Chicago (Church) and the Spiritual Trumpets (Davis).
Ohio Gospel offers a smattering of James Bullard's BOS label, the uber-fertile ground of Bounty, and John Marshall Finch's gospel product on his eponymously named label. Now collectors items, Finch gospel releases were almost uniformly superb in quality of performer, performance, and production. I'm biased towards The Mighty Pilgrims' "I Tried," which I consider to be one of the best quartet records ever made. Period.
Michigan Gospel, specifically from the Detroit area, is flush with Bilesse, Knowles, Revival, and Fortune issues, as well as Cleveland-based Bounty Records' issues of neighboring Michigan groups. Check out the funky Walker Brothers single on Revival, "God's Been Good to Me," with cymbal brushing right out of "Shaft."
And what of Indiana? Hoosier state gospel is well represented, too, with an array of small labels (many from Indianapolis) mixed in with Buddy Pressner's Staff and Robert Anderson's Good Shepherd products from Gary. Listen to the underappreciated Cliff Gober's "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" with full soul orchestra accompaniment (Calvary).
So whadd'ya waiting for? Go to http://www.midwest45s.org/ and knock yourself out.