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Carolyn Wonderland Page

Overview & Biography

Carolyn Wonderland, Austin's beloved bluesy-rocker, is a great example of what you can accomplish when you completely dedicate yourself to your own genius and calling.

Carolyn Wonderland A tireless tourer and consummate performer, Wonderland has a fascinating biography. The daughter and grandaughter of musicians, her childhood was filled with music and musical instruments. She was writing her own songs as early as eight years old.

And who can't help but admire her independent streak? She not only got kicked out of high school for leading a protest, but she would later live and tour for two years out of her van.

An early lover of the blues, she attributes the first time she heard Little Screamin' Kenny as a defining moment. She herself began performing when she was 15 with an accompanying band called The Imperial Monkeys.

She tours now primarily as a trio with long time bandmates Cole El-Saleh and drummer Michael "Lefty" Lefkowitz.

Carolyn Wonderland Austin and Texas Tour Dates

Definitely confirm these tour dates on her official site, but here are some upcoming Carolyn Wonderland tour dates and venues for catching her in Austin and across Texas:

6/30/2011 - 8.0 Bar (Fort Worth)
7/01/2011 - Antone's (Austin)
7/02/2011 - Dan Electro's Guitar Bar (Houston)
7/04/2011 - Brazos Nights (Waco)
8/11/2011 - Austin City Limits @ The Moody Theater (Austin)
9/16/2011 - Sam's Burger Joint (San Antonio)
9/20/2011 - Dosey Doe (The Woodlands)
9/23/2011 - Hardtails Bar & Grill (Georgetown)
9/24/2011 - The Flamingo Room (Houston)
12/17/2011 - Dosey Doe (The Woodlands)

Additionally, Wonderland is a generous musician who really seems to feed off the community aspect of her art - so you can frequently catch her at various under the radar performance benefits or jamming somewhere with other great Austin-based musicians like Guy Forsyth, Cindy Cashdollar, or Shelley King (in addition to the videos below, you can also check out Carolyn Wonderland's powerful performance with Shelley King on the Artz Rib House page).

Carolyn Wonderland's Music

I absolutely love the description penned by Frank De Blase in the online Rochester City Newspaper:

It won't take you all that long to fall in love with Carolyn Wonderland's rough and ready Texas twang, or her sanctified, ain't-never-satisfied wail. This red-hot redhead comes on stage with such an incendiary presence that you will be left with those little stars floating around your head - just like the ones that Sylvester the cat sees after Granny brains him with her rolling pin.

Carolyn Wonderland Austin An incredible guitarist, Wonderland is instrumentally prolific as well, and can blow away her audiences with everything from a trumpet to an electric mandolin.

But it's her powerful, soulful vocals and ability to bring everything she has to her performances that's given her such a loyal following.

Take Wonderland's The Farmer Song, for example, from her 2008 Miss Understood album. The song's theme of the plight and struggle of family farmers (Doesn't anybody here remember/it's the farmer who feeds us all?) might be considered by some to be simplistic and familiar.

But when you actually hear her performing the song, whether it's the studio version or a live performance (see video section below), you can't help but be moved.

There's just something that's so profoundly evocative in her vocals that elevates the song's original message into something much larger.

Art never beats you over the head about an issue. In fact, I would go so far as to argue that art transcends "issues" and politics altogether. And when I hear Carolyn Wonderland's rendering of lyrics such as these:

Not since the dust bowl
Have we felt this forsaken
In the land of plenty
When so little comes down this way

I also hear something else - a simultaneous soulful lament of a much larger disconnect. Indeed, we frequently either forget or even show outright disdain for our interdependence with one another, and I'm not talking primarily about economics.

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Links, Profiles, and Interviews

Official Home Page

Extended Profile and Interview by HotBands.com

Interview on Spinner.com

Profile on iLike.com

Profile on RochesterCityNewspaper.com

Profile on Weekend America (Transcript)

Podcast Version:

Carolyn Wonderland Photos by Steve Hopson

Interview on Austin.com

Profile by Joe's Pub

Review by CountryChart.com

Favorite Carolyn Wonderland Videos

Performing Golden Stairs on 2010 Japan Tour . . .

Performing Come Together, written with Ruthie Foster . . .

Performing Hendrix on electric mandolin at Blues on the Green . . .

Bad Girl Blues . . .

Performing on Austin City Limits . . .

Performing The Farmer Song at Waterloo Records . . .

At Antone's . . .

Bad Ass Medley . . .
Courtesy NOWILDW

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