Gypsy Carns

Gypsy Carns


Gypsy Carns has anointed the United States, Japan, France, England,Germany, Italy, Amsterdam & The Netherlands,China, and Israel with his vocals, percussion, and 12-string Dobro bottleneck prowess.


The Blues Preacher - The General - Gypsy Carns started performing in clubs in 1963 and making records in ‘66. He has anointed the United States, Japan, France, England,Germany, Italy, Amsterdam & The Netherlands,China, and Israel 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 praise 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 ( Tabby has become not only Gypsy's producer /engineer /vidoegrapher 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 Yeshua as The Messiah or face the coming wrath of YHWH. Gypsy will perform in Jerusalem in August 2006 and deliver this message face to face with the city.

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, Rev. Pearly Brown; women like Sister Rosetta Tharpe 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 released on TTM Records - experience this true acoustic spiritual journey! Download the tracks from this site und


At the End of the Day

Written By: Gypsy Carns

At the End of the Day

Judge me not, for you don’t know.
The road I’ve traveled, high or low.
Tears I’ve shed in private cries,
Or the truth I’ve told, yet they were lies.

With anxious hands, a trade we seek.
Some be strong, while other’s weak.
Life’s mission lies, within our souls,
Yet most don’t find their sacred goals.

We all, have our own, paths to walk.
We have our music to play.
We’re all accountable to the LORD,
At the End of the Day.

I fear my life is near its end,
And yet with joy will I begin.
Another day, to serve my LORD
His graciousness is my reward.

We all have our own paths to walk.
We have our music to play.
We’re all accountable to the LORD,
At the End of the Day.

Can't Cheat The Reaper

Written By: Gypsy carns

Can't Cheat The Reaper

The Reaper came a callin’, it was late when the sun went down.
He was moanin’ at my door - a terrible sound.
Life is bitter, death is sweeter.
Then he laughed -
“Can’t Cheat The Reaper”

Pack my bags, Lord I tried to run.
From the full moon night, to the settin’ sun.
3 feet’s down - 6 foot’s deeper,
“I’ll take you now”, Can’t Cheat The Reaper.

I heard a knock on my door – sounded like the wind.
I heard it before – then I heard it again.

Took off down the road, I left with a shiver.
Caught the first southbound, crossed over the river.
The shore line’s wet, the bank is steeper,
It’s a long way down............
Can’t Cheat The Reaper.
Can’t Cheat The Reaper….


Written By: Gypsy Carns


I been Searchin’,
well I been Searchin’
I been Searchin’ for the truth – that’s right.

I been Searchin’, yes I been Searchin’
I been Searchin’ for the truth day and night.

There’s a reason, oh there’s a reason. There’s a reason I been Searchin’ for the truth.

I lost my soul, I lost my soul,
I lost my soul and I want it back.

I got a bible, I got a bible.
But I can’t find the time to read.
It’s gonna help me, it’s gonna help me. It’s gonna help me to succeed.

well I been Searchin'...lookin'....
know what I finally did?

I read the bible, I read the bible.
It says those who ask shall receive.
I read the bible, I read the bible.
All it takes is faith to believe.

Well I found out, yes I found out.
I found out the man I need to know.

He walked the earth, He walked the earth.
Jesus Christ - He's the man I need to know.


2006 - Gospel Train Coming
2005 - EP - Wailing Wall
2004 - Raw Word
2003 - Feel Good
2002 - G FoRcE
2001 - Revelation Blues
2000 - Beale Street Swing
1999 - Prayin' Blues
1993 - Loud Confident & Wrong

Set List

I have 6 CD's worth of original material - I alternate the show depending on the venue and age group.
If I am performing for an older crowd or a traditional blues audience I use the dobros; if it is a younger audience I use the electrics and mix in a few songs with the dobro.