How many times has happened to you to meet, in front of the income of department store or in the station of the metropolitan, in one of those guitarists nearly clochard that they play on the sidewalk for little coins? You remember? Guitar Dobro, harmonica with the support, drums to the feet. Even a small dog for companion, lying beside the cup for the offered money. Well, “Gospel Train Coming” of Gypsy Carns evokes that image exactly. Twelve blues songs clear of all the connotations electrical workers, executed voice and guitar (sometimes also without guitar), probably recorded in taken directed (or nearly), hailing to Our Lord and Its Infinite Mercy.
The preacher coming from Nashville, in effects, from many years turns the world with its resofonic guitar, using the blues like an evangelization instrument. No crowded chorus gospel like from the title, but only an uninterrupted sequence of songs coming from the Christian tradition: Blind Willie Johnson, Rev. Edward W. Clayborn, Rev. Gary Davis, the Mississippi Fred Mc Dowell, Rev. Pearly Brown and more.
The empty and essential production (work of Tabby `Zeb' Crabb) adds to a collection that it plays all the own chances on the interpretation, on the feeling and on the expressive force of the guitarist-singer.
** NOTE: Tabby 'ZEB' Crabb is pictured with Gypsy at the historic Flatwood Studios - yes that really is a pot-bellied stove, yes it is December- freezing cold and yes that is a real fire keeping them warm!
Gospel Train Coming - Review - Italy