WHO ARE GYPSY CARNS AS BAND MEMBERS?
I am basically a solo artist and I perform both solo & with a band.
When I perform solo - I use a long rectangle wooden box that I stomp on.
I play the dobro, electric guitars, blow harmonica and sing.
A one man band if you will.
When I use a band it is a trio - guitar, bass & drums.
I have 3 groups of musicians:
1 for the studio.
1 for touring in the USA - The Apostles Of Sound
1 for touring in Europe: The French Army
My band in the United States is:
Gypsy Carns - Slide guitar, dobro, harmonica, and lead vocals
Joe Dile - Bass guitar, acoustic bass and vocals
Chris Dile - Drums, percussion and vocals
My band in Europe is:
Gypsy Carns - Slide guitar, dobro, harmonica, and lead vocals
Zizou "The Boss" Sadke - Bass guitar and vocals
Stephane "Taz D" Cassaveties - Drums and percussion
WHEN DID YOU HAVE FOUNDED THE BAND?
I have been a solo performer since 1999.
Both current line-ups were founded in 2003.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE VERY FIRST BEGINNING OF BAND...
There is a church in Springfield, Tennessee called the Covenant Confirmers Ministry.
I started performing there solo in 2003 and met the band members at that time. They had a group called The Pearl Band. We jammed together at a New Years Eve party and from that time on we began to perform together.
The French Army (Zizou & Stephane) began to perform in Europe in 2003 as well. We were introduced by a mutual friend Andre Brodzki - the Gibson Guitar Artist Relations representative in Paris and a very close friend of mine. Zizou and Stephane are excellent
musicians and have solo careers apart from our touring.
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR PREVIOUS RECORDING-EFFORTS?
I have been making records since 1966. I was in a band called The Tasmanians and we had a couple of radio hits and toured with various acts from the 60's. I continued to record
and perform in the 70's, 80's, 90's and in 1999 began my solo career. In 1993 I released a record in Italy called "Loud, Confident, & Wrong" on Appaloosa Records. This was with my
blues trio called The Smashers. The French Army recorded a live CD in Paris in 2003 called "Paris Feel Good!" I currently have 13 CD's released over the years.
You can go to my website and download them all for free:
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR FOLLOWING?
Our following is a diverse group of people. We appeal to straight forward church goers, blues enthusiasts, rock lovers, and our music has been credited with saving the souls of Satan worshippers, drug addicts, motorcycle gang members, and klu klux klan members.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTS IN YOUR HISTORY?
- I am a Holy Man set apart by the God of Abraham, the Great I AM, to preach the good news of Yeshua and announce the Second Coming of Christ. My music is written to express God's view on that subject and is directed towards the Jewish Nation and the Messianic Jews around the world. On August 17, 2006 I delivered an End Times Prophecy at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. I prayed at the wall, inserted the lyrics from 2 songs I have been given in dreams and visions,(12 Rainbows &
Sound The Trumpet) walked back and forth 7 times reciting 5 bible verses and singing the 4 songs I have written about the destruction of Jerusalem. Then I burned a copy of the lyrics at the Wall.
The meaning is this: it is time for the Jewish Nation to accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah, or face the wrath of God - Yahweh. It will be a sign of God's wrath towards the Jews when the Wailing Wall is knocked down and the city is burned with fire. This has been my ministry for the past 13 years.
- I have also been nominated for 2 Grammies - as a co-writer with Fred James and Mary Ann Brandon -
for a cut by Koko Taylor on Alligator Records.
- In March 2008 I was awarded the honor of "Christian Blues Artist Of The Year"
at the Indieheaven Momentum Awards held in Franklin, Tennessee.
ANY INTRODUCTIVE WORDS FOR "THE WATCHMAN"?
This record applies to my calling and is a collection of works written about the Jewish nation and Jerusalem itself. The songs are taken from various bible scriptures and the main theme is taken from Ezekiel 33: 1-7. I believe I am The Watchman for this End Times Generation and am "sounding the trumpet" to repentance from sin before the Second Coming of Christ - which I believe is at hand.
THE SOUND IS TRUE HARD ROCK...
Every record I make is preceded by fasting and prayer and our Father in heaven always gives me a unique direction for the music. The lyrical content remains the same. The previous record "Gospel Train Coming"
was totally acoustic with dobro or acoustic guitar and vocals, to appeal to a blues or older crowd. On this record I was instructed to rock out with the music so as to appeal to a younger generation of listeners. A generation that might not listen to blues, but one that needs to hear the message in the lyrics. It is basically
the only way I know how to rock, sort of old school 70's rock n roll...but with an attitude on guitar attack and tone.
I NOTICED AN HINT OF BLUES, RIGHT?
I am a bluesman - The Blues Prophet some folks say. I live in Meridian, Mississippi close to the delta.My influences are totally blues oriented - Blind Willie Johnson is the most influential, but I enjoy the Rev. Gary Davis, the Rev. Edward W. Clayborn, Rev. Pearly Brown, Charlie Patton, Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Robert Johnson and many more. I always perform in open tunings and use a metal slide. I haven't used traditional 440 tuning since 1987.
WHAT'S ABOUT THE PRODUCTION OF ALBUM?
I recorded this record in 2 studios with 2 sets of musicians. Part of the record was recorded at Flatwood Studios in Lebanon, Tennessee with my long time musical partner Tabby Crabb. We have recorded 13 CD's together and this was our last one - for these tracks I used Sean "O.B." Smith on bass and Joe Schibellhoffer on drums. We recorded the tracks on 2 inch tape and then dumped them into Pro Tools.
As a side note Sean Smith has an excellent solo jazz record out called "Tapestry". The remaining songs I recorded at Fox Mountain Studios in Brentwood, Tennessee with producer Brad Vosburg.
For this section of the record we used Mike Brignardello on bass and Greg Morrow on drums. They are highly skilled session players in Nashville and both ex Rock Stars in their own right. Brad
Vosburg did all the mixing and production work and he is a real professional using Pro Tools. I used my guitars: Explorer tuned to Open B, Flying V tuned to Open E, ES-12 string tuned to open D, an
SG tuned to open D,a 12 string acoustic tuned to open D and a dobro tuned to open E. Amp wise I used my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with a Marshall 4/12 cab, a bass cab with 4 10 inch speakers, and
another bass cab with 1 - 15 inch speaker. Then I used my pedal board for the effects. It was very loud and I feel like Brad got some excellent guitar tones. I wanted to be able to duplicate the sound
live so I used my own equipment in the studio. Brad and I spent allot of time mixing the project and we think we achieved a sonic experience for the listener. Due to the subject matter of the lyrics,
being so heavy about End Times and Repentance, we mastered the record with the songs very close together.There is not much time to reflect on the song until the next song kicks in. We wanted it to be an assault
on the listener - a two edged sword - so to speak. The lyrics cutting one way and the slide guitar cutting the other way.
ANY PARTICULAR CONCEPT CONCERNING THE ALBUM?
The concept is that of a "warning to the world" - the time is at hand to repent from our sins and accept the fact that Jesus Christ came in the flesh..was crucified..died for our sins...and was resurrected. Thereby atoning for our sins and giving each and every one of us the chance to have a relationship with God Himself.
In particular this record is directed to the Jewish Nation to accept Yeshua as Messiah or face the wrath of I AM. We also included all the lyrics in the sleeve so the listener could follow the message.
WHAT'S THE MOOD OF IT?
Thunder - Lightning - Stones - Hills - very strong content - not angry - but aggressive for a blues/rock record.
THE MOST SALIENT ASPECTS OF YOUR NEW ALBUM?
There is Divine Knowledge in the lyrics - words from On High - about the times we live in and what is to come.
WHAT'S ABOUT THE FEEDBACK?
The reviews have been excellent from around the world both from Christian and secular magazines & radio.
You can read several pages worth on my website under: PRESS
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SOUND?
Hope in the future of man - the sobering truth that mankind is driving his own demise by our greed - the fact that we are living in the End Times. Of course - no one knows for sure when it will happen, not even the angels in heaven. But the signs are everywhere and I just ask that we all open our eyes to that reality and act accordingly as to how we want to spend eternity.
In 2006 I travelled and performed in Amsterdam, Shanghai, and Jerusalem. We played 180 dates in 2007. So in 2008 we are taking it easier - concentrating on church events and various Motorcycle Festivals. I am working on new material for the next record.
YOUR LIFE'S PHILOSOPHY?
Live each day to the fullest, no one knows when their time is up. Don't take your spouse or your friends for granted. Trust in Jesus Christ and Yahweh for they will never let you down.
MATTHEW 24:36,37,38,39,44: "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did
not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be...
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."
THE FUTURE OF THE BAND?
Continued prayers for direction - where the LORD will lead us next - keep singing and playing the blues and spreading the good news of Christ around the world. Matthew 24:14 - "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world, as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come."
I will keep on performing until that happens or I die..whichever comes first.
ANY LAST REMARKS?
I would like to thank Emanuele for contacting me and giving me the opportunity to express my ministry.
I would encourage all who read this to pray over the message - see how it applies to your life. Seek the God of creation, YHWH, in Spirit and Truth. When you pray - take time to listen. But challenge the answer - as 1 John 4: 1-4 states - there are many spirits in the world - be sure you have the Spirit of righteousness and not the spirit of the world answering your requests. You will know this by one thing. After you pray - ask the answer - "Do you accept Jesus Christ came in the flesh?" If the answer remains with you, it is from God - if that answer disappears from your thoughts, it is from the evil one. We are in a war my friends - of principalities - be aware that Satan is very real and his time is very short - the more Spiritual you become - the more Satan will send his demons to trip you up. Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions in this area - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessings to you all in your journey.
The Blues Prophet Interview