Gospel Train Coming Review - Italy
“Gospel Train Coming” exits in 2006 and compared to the previous job “Raw-Word” it takes advantage of a better production and a greater cure in the recording, that it also remains always poor (probably carried out in direct-taken). Gypsy Carns, in activity since 1963, once again hits with its blues decidedly classic and overflow of tradition, joined with preaching words that gets very well with music!
As always protagonists of the CD are the acoustic guitars, the never-missing harmonica and the deep voice of Carns…
In particular, the musician of Nashville succeeds in this release, to use also better his voice, a lot deep and rough, similar to that one of Barry McGuire, to better explain it.
Already the almost three minutes of the opener and title track are enough in order make us to enter in the bluesy world of Gypsy. If the first piece is much classic, the next ‘Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning' it hits particularly for the chasing rhythm. The text, much “tough”, is written from the Gary reverend Davis.
Some songs are less appreciable, like the excessive ‘John The Revelator', all based on the sung of Gypsy and on an improvised rhythm. On the contrary many tracks are indeed arousing enthusiasm, like for example ‘Prayin' Blues', in which it dominates the acoustic guitar. The text is a true manifesto of music of Gypsy: “You can’t trust the devil - he will take your soul and run/ I asked the Gypsy woman, she said Pray to the Holy One.”
Focus point of this song and of the greater part of the lyrics of this album is the force to resist to the temptations of the devil and to entrust themselves to God and Jesus.
We specify then that the songs of the CD are subdivided between songs written by Gypsy and many classics of Christians like Blind Willie Johnson, Rev. Pearly Brown, Rev. Edward W. Clayborn, the Mississippi Fred Mc Dowell, Rev. Gary Davis. The simple interpretation of Carns exalts the saving message of the songs for purists of the old blues.