Gypsy Carns - Gospel Train Coming

Published Monday 26th June 2006
Gypsy Carns - Gospel Train Coming
Gypsy Carns - Gospel Train Coming

STYLE: Blues
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 18537-11444
LABEL: Trailer Trash Music TTM06

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

If Mike Rimmer's extensive interview with this Nashville blues phenomenon has already whetted your appetite no doubt you're taking steps to locate this gem. If, on the other hand, General Gypsy Carns is a new name to you I can do no better than to quote from Blues Review: "Gypsy Carns, a one-man wrecking crew who plays a 'stompbox' tambourine/kick drum combination, harp, 12-string resonator guitar.this is hammering, powerful stuff, driven by Carns' energy and rough-hewn vocals." This album, cut live in the studio - usually in one take - is grittily cathartic and truly moving as Carns' gargling-gravel voice and searing slide guitar bring new life to the old, old story. It's also something of a musical history lesson as Gypsy plucks gems from the ancient repertoire of Rev Edward W Clayborn, Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Rev Pearly Brown, Blind Willie Johnson and others interspersed with a few hard hitting Carns originals like "Dark Eternally" and "Satan Don't Pay No Bills". Timeless stuff.

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Reader Comments

Posted by keefy beefy in northampton @ 21:48 on Jan 24 2007

Ive listen to loads of christian music over the years,larry norman, glenn kaiser ect, but what Ive heard of gypsy carns, just blow me away with he`s interpertation of the scriptures, and the way he plays the blues is just fantastic. love it!!!!!!!!

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