Gypsy Carns (aka AZA – G2C - The Blues Preacher & The
General) started performing in clubs in 1963 and making records in '66. He has
anointed the United States, Japan, France, England, Germany, Italy, Amsterdam
and The Netherlands with his vocals, percussion, and 12-string Dobro bottleneck
prowess. Carns is also known as a blues songwriter, co-penning a Koko Taylor
tune with Fred James and Mary Ann Brandon that garnered 2 GRAMMY nominations.
Blues Revue states: "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".
Using the delta-blues musical format, Gypsy combines Messianic lyrics for a
unique blend of authentic American music. His energy and commitment are evidenced
through his powerful live performances.
His current spiritual solo career began in 1992 in the coffee
houses of Hollywood, CA. The Holy Spirit spoke to Gypsy about dedicating his
life and music to the LORD. He half heartedly pondered these intimate conversations
and wrote a couple of songs in priase that ended up on an Italian blues label
release - The Smashers - "Loud Confident and Wrong" on Appaloosa Records
in 1993. But with the major earthquake in Hollywood - January 17, 1994, the
LORD spoke... and Gypsy listened. Two weeks later he moved to Nashville, TN,
and carried out his vision of spreading the Word regarding Yeshua and God's
Kingdom, using the delta-blues as his musical format.
In a referral from a local music store, Rock Block Guitars,
Gypsy met Tabby "zeb" Crabb who owns and operates Flatwood Studios
has become not only Gypsy's producer and engineer but his best friend and musical
companion as well. Their first recordings began in '95 and by '99 had secured
Gypsy's first solo record deal in the Gospel Blues vein. Simply titled "Prayin
Blues" on TTM Records the CD received excellent reviews. Gypsy's next album
"Beale Street Swing" was released in the summer of 2000 on Nightfly
Records and is currently being played on radio stations in 39 countries around
the world. This album too received excellent reviews in the United States and
abroad. Blues Access magazine states: "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."
Gypsy’s next release, in 2001, "Revelation Blues"
is currently being played on radio in the US and as far away as Peru, Spain,
Indonesia, and Russia. In 2002 "G FoRcE" was released and is again
receiving excellent airplay around the world and has been reviewed in "Cross
Rhythms" magazine - the foremost Christian music magazine in Europe. 2003
saw the release of FEEL GOOD! Gypsy ventured to Paris, France where he performed
with his trio The French Army (Zizou "The Boss" Sadki - bass and Stephane
"Taz D" Cavanez - drums) and recorded the powerful electric live release
- "Feel Good!" at the legendary House Of Live. The single "Searchin'"
has been featured on 3 magazine compilation CD's across the globe; Guitar &
Basse - France, Cross Rhythms – England, and Blues Revue-USA.
The Blues Preacher has been nominated for "Acoustic Artist
of the Year" in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 by The Music City Blues
Society. In 2004 The Blues Preacher released 13 new songs on the all-acoustic,
high-energy, foot-stompin' CD "RAW WORD." This has been accepted world
wide with excellent reviews featured on the site. "Dark Eternity"
is the lead-in song for the new Christian reality series "The Mission"
based out of Canada. In 2005 Gypsy recorded two singles dealing with the Jewish
nation and in particular Jerusalem. The DVD "Wailing Wall" can be
seen on this site and has garnered excellent airplay in the states. The second
single "Jerusalem In Ruins" is a warning to the Jewish nation to accept
Yehsua as The Messiah or face the coming wrath of YHWH. Gypsy will perform in
Jerusalem in August 2006. His newest CD "Gospel Train Coming" is a
tribute to all the Masters - both bluesmen from the 1920's and 30's and present
day prayer warriors who dedicate their lives to serving God and Jesus Christ
with their music. Men like Blind Willie Johnson, Rev. Edward W. Clayborn, Son
House, Rev. Gary Davis, the Rev. Pearly Brown, and a new generation of blues
preachers like Glen Kaiser, Jimmie Bratcher, KM Williams and many others. The
album includes 12 tracks all acoustic, performed on a 1940's Silvertone acoustic
and two of Gypsy's favorite dobros. The record is coming out on TTM Records
in May 2006 - experience this true acoustic spiritual journey! Download the
tracks from this site under MUSIC.