The BLUES FOUNDATION:
The General, Gypsy Carns, has anointed the United States, Japan, France, England and Germany with his vocals, percussion, and 12 string Dobro bottleneck prowess. Carns is also known as a blues songwriter, co-penning a Koko Taylor tune that garnered a Grammy nomination.
The General is Gypsy Carns, a one-man wrecking crew who plays a "stompbox" tambourine / kick drum combination, harp, and 12-string resonator guitar..This is hammering, powerful stuff, driven by Carns' energy and rough-hewn vocals.
The General (Gypsy Carns) mixes his road-gravel voice, acoustic resonator guitar and heavy Delta blues with a born-again Christian message... giving thanks to Jesus for his inspiration, Carns sings in a dynamic, gravelly voice, truly laying it all on the line..whatever Carns sets out to say, he does it with admirable force and integrity.the tunes range from fine and fun blues originals to spiritual and metaphysical pieces that expose Carns' zealous faith and his take on political events.
A fascinating CD..check out Seven Seals for a head-slap to your lyrical blues aesthetic.
What is radio saying about him?
"The General is one of those fellows who plays guitar, dobro, harmonica, sings and on top he puts on all his heart, joy, feeling and pleasure playing again and again those porch blues, those Delta blues, those accoustic blues that tell happy and sad love stories, heart breaking stories or freedom stories that come out from the deepest soul and mind, sometimes full of truly understanding and sometimes full of frustrating resignation. The General sings and plays with a wild strenght that attracts you going directly to your heart, inviting you to travel along the stormy dark world of losers but, at the same time, courageous lonely people who travel all over the USA without looking for a happy end, only trying yo find some place to take shelter... perhaps of themselves. GOOD."
Vicente P. Zumel
Radio PICA / La Hora del Blues
"Like a blast out of the past this music will endure. It's a rare thing these days that a real blues recording turns up When you fire up a General and Gypsy recording you would be forgiven for thinking you had slipped back to the time when artists put their heart and soul's into their music. Raw and hypnotic, primitive in fact, may come close. The only way to experience this is to buy it and play it loud."
Big Al Watts
Big Al's Rhythm RoundUp PBS 106.7
" As the receiver of a wealth of recorded material.......The General remains in " the knock-out " section of my mind. God walks on the Delta Blues water. How can a one man band, on virtually, one take.........generate such pure soulful energy. "
Country Eastern / Outlaw For Peace Radio
"The General' original interpretations of traditional American roots music will be recognizable to any hardened blues nut. What is different & refreshing is not just his precise picking & slide, but the different direction he takes his music reminiscent of some of the Appalachian songs of Clarence Ashly & Doc Watson. What do you call this? Heavy-wood, bluegrass, rockin' blues."
The Bottleneck Blues Club
"Every time I play The General in my shows at Radio Rheinwelle 92.5 Wiesbaden, Germany, it's one of the music highlights. His extraordinary voice, the stories he tells in his songs, his compositions complete that kind of music we call the blues. Go on, G!"
Radio Rheinwelle 92.5
Check out the artist's website:
1. Prayin' To You
2. Holy Son
3. 5th Trumpet Blow
4. Jesus Is Calling
6. Mean Woman Blues
8. That's How It Goes
9. 7 Seals
10. We Can't Go Back
11. Say You Love Him
12. Lay It All Down
13. Hush Your Mouth