A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.
Carolyn grew up in a musical family and began playing her mother's vintage Martin guitar when other girls were dressing dolls. She's gone from being the teenage toast of her hometown Houston to sleeping in her van in Austin amid heaps of critical acclaim. Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel. Wonderland even throws in a whistling solo on occasion.
Her breakthrough album release was 2008's "Miss Understood" (Bismeaux). From appearances on PBS's Austin City Limits to top slots at major festivals around the world, Wonderland's album quickly reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Blues chart and her live shows left a trail of screaming fans in its wake.
The follow up, "Peace Meal" (2011), was produced by a stellar cast including long-time supporter and inspiration, Ray Benson, and two-time Grammy winner Larry Campbell (the force behind The Band drummer Levon Helm and his recent comeback) and founding Monkee, Michael Nesmith.
Wonderland's latest release, "Live Texas Trio," was recorded in 2015 in a trio of Texas' most famous packed houses, Antone's in Austin, Kessler Theatre in Dallas and Last Concert Cafe in Houston. Carolyn shines brightest in live performance, winning legions of fans with her take-no-prisoners approach to the stage, so it made perfect sense to capture that energy in a live recording.
Wonderland's group includes Cole El-Saleh, whose keyboard work can be heard on Carolyn Wonderland's most recent three albums, as well as about a hundred other projects, and Rob Hooper, who has played drums for Jimmie Dale Gilmore, the Resentments, Seth Walker, Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, and many more.
"The reigning queen of Austin blues, Carolyn Wonderland sparks fire on guitar and soulful fury in the force of her vocal grit." - Austin Chronicle
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