Carolyn Wonderland Curtain Call Fort Worth. Photo: Kevin Lance Photography

New Year’s Eve. You likely have plans. Perhaps we’ll see you in Houston at the Last Concert Cafe with Moses Guest and the Hightailers? Before you go, be sure to check your local PBS station and record in whatever manner you may the Austin City Limits’ Hall of Fame show, airing that evening. Marcia Ball, Ray Charles, and Los Lobos were inducted this year! The musical guests will blow your mind. I am super grateful to Marcia Ball for asking me to join her amazing menagerie of musicians. Here’s a clip of Ruthie Foster, Shelley King, and me, with the badass house band backing up Gary Clark, Jr. (from Rolling Stone) https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/gary-clark-jr-night-time-is-the-right-time-acl-770296/

 

The new John Mayall album drops this February! Pre Order “Nobody Told Me” now and instantly get the song “Distant Lonesome Train” co-written by Joe Bonamassa, who also plays guitar on two songs. Other special guests include Little Stevie Van Zandt, Todd Rundgren, RUSH’s Alex Lifeson, Larry McCray, and yours truly. (That’s me attempting to channel my inner Cindy Cashdollar on “Distant Lonesome Train”) Fun record! I look forward to playing these songs live soon!    

  PRE ORDER LINK: smarturl.it/6du2y0

I had such a lovely time on our short November So Cal run with John, Greg Rzab, and Jay Davenport! We’re hitting the road in earnest late February through April with 40+ shows in Europe. You can find those dates and more info at www.johnmayall.com 

 

I post this with much gratitude for music lovers, and others who put up with the musician in your life, thank you! These past few months have found me jumping out of my comfort zone and keeping my nose in books of my own charts for all the fun, challenging, new music I’ve been pouring in my ears and letting permeate my fingers. I’ve been plucking away on my Mom’s Martin around the house and have even been busting out the BluesHawk in front of actual people and letting the Tele have a break. (Whoa. That’s serious!) Sometimes, when we might otherwise be petrified with fear, it is good to close your eyes and dive blindly into the ether. (Thank goodness I’m a musician and not your doctor, yes?)

Big thanks to the folks I admire and who push me. This of course includes A Whitney Brown, “my” band; Kevin Lance, often Greg Rzab and occasionally Bobby Perkins, Shelley King (when I can grab her!) and our road manager Shelley Cox; John Mayall, Jay Davenport, Marcia Ball, all my sisters in Sis Deville, Dave Alvin and everyone On Roots On the Rails, all of our friends who put on Conrad DeMuelenaere’s Beyond the Flags Concert in Ardooie, Jan the Lazyman, Shandon Sahm, and all that were in Amsterdam for the Doug Sahm Birthday Hoot, Jeff Botta and everyone who participated in this year’s The Last Waltz reenactment, Paul Minor and everyone at the Doug Sahm Thanksgiving Jam – heralding the end of Threadgill’s WHQ with music, Matt Hubbard and everyone at Fai Jow’s memorial concert. (Special thanks to Todd Wolfson on stolen -with love- spoons from Ming’s) I feel lucky to have played with you this, and every year. Immeasurable thanks to Black Fret for awarding us a grant last year. It really kept us afloat during uncertain financial times. (You can join Black Fret and dig their mission here: www.blackfret.org) None of this would be possible without our friends and agents at the aptly named Intrepid Artists, so hey: thank y’all!

 

 

 

I am honored to serve on the board, and be one of the founders of HOME, an Austin 501(c)3 charity that has been assisting with housing needs for our 55+ musicians. We started in 2012 when we realized it would take a village to make sure we could keep Austin legend, Miss Lavelle White, in her apartment. After initially making sure her needs were met, we have been assisting with grants to others in similar predicaments. We currently assist over a dozen musicians. We are driven to help keep our elders housed, often in Austin, whose musical landscape they helped create. We offer help with rent, utilities, and referrals. With the costs of living going up and treasured venues closing, the need for services like ours are on the rise. If you’d like to volunteer, donate, or just learn more about us, please visit www.homeaustin.org

Thank y’all for making these past few months so groovy! So many fine memories to keep me warm during the darkest days of the year. Happy Solstice and may the holiday(s) you celebrate fill you with great joy. I leave you with my song for the season, “Room at the Inn”. Dedicated to the families in Tornillo and those who hold their fate in their hands, and hopefully in their hearts https://youtu.be/SVK8qhI9W18 

Better Know the Band

 

Y’all know me, I’m the short one with the red hair and big mouth often holding a Telecaster. 

For those of you unacquainted, I’d love to introduce the band: (you can find bios at the “band” link!)

Kevin Lance (drums and vocals) and I first played together on a fun weekly experimental round robin rambler gig with Matt Hubbard, Cole Berg (then Cole El-Saleh) and Charlie Prichard at Austin’s Ruta Maya around 2005(ish). When we’re not on tour, you can often find him with the Texas Tycoons, Nakia, and other super fun gigs. Kevin has been driving this band from behind that kit since 2014. That’s him on “Moon Goes Missing” https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/moon-goes-missing/1239984437 

Here’s a link to his bio: http://carolynwonderland.com/band/kevin-lance/

Greg Rzab (bass) and I first met when he was playing in Buddy Guy’s band and my band had the honor of opening a run of shows for them in the mid to late nineties. We’d run into each other on the road, as musicians do, and subsequently he recommended me to play with him and Jay Davenport in John Mayall’s band. I’m happy to report I could still speak after pulling my jaw off the floor and uttered “yes,” and have happily been in John’s band since this Spring. Thanks, Greg!

Here’s a link to his bio: http://carolynwonderland.com/Greg-rzab/

Add to that the amazing Shelley Cox, who has been our tour manager, merch handler, mechanic, and cat herder for the past nine years (also, an excellent roommate!); and all the cats at Intrepid Artists International who keep us super busy booking us around the globe, you’ve officially met everyone “in the band.” 

Sometimes we’re lucky enough to add the talents of the amazing Shelley King. I will shout it from the rooftops every time she joins us!

Thank you for taking a chance on us! Hope to play for you soon ❤️

 

PS all photos by: Kevin Lance Photography!

GOOD NEWS and Tour Dates

Here’s some NEWS we’re thrilled to share:

Carolyn Wonderland is joining John Mayall’s band!

“It is a true honor to get to play in John Mayall’s band with Greg Rzab & Jay Davenport! I am looking forward to this adventure and promise to continue woodshedding to be up to the task of backing up such a great man and legendary player.”  ~Carolyn

Carolyn will still tour regularly with Kevin Lance, Bobby Perkins (along with Shelley Cox managing tours and the amazing Shelley King joining in when she can) in her band, too. So, catch her when and where you can! (Hint, it won’t be at home as much!)

Behold! The future:

April:
Thu 5 – Coffee House Live at St Andrew’s – Houston, TX

Sat 7 – Saxon Pub – Austin, TX

Carolyn will be joining Shelley King & Patrice Pike for a NY Run:
Sun 15 – Open House at Levon Helm Studio – Woodstock, NY
Tue 17 – The Lodge – Woodstock, NY
Wed 18 – The Falcon – Marlboro, NY
Thur 19 – The Turning Point – Piermont, NY

Back with the Carolyn Wonderland Band
Sat 21 – Levy Park – Houston, TX

Sun 29 – 2 very different shows in New Orleans, LA!!!
Carolyn’s first gig in John Mayall’s Band at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, closing out the Blues Stage!
Later that night, Carolyn Wonderland Band at Rock N Bowl with Sonny Landreth & Kenny Neal

May:
Wed 2 – Sat 5: John Mayall – Blue Note – Honolulu

Wed 9 – Carolyn Wonderland Band – Music on Main – Round Rock, TX

Sun 13 – CWBand – Gator By the Bay Festival – San Diego, CA

Wed 16 – Sis Deville – One-2-One – Austin, TX

Thu 17 – Carolyn Wonderland Band – Sounds of the Speedway – Wichita Falls, TX

Fri 18 – CWBand – Big Beat Dallas – Irving, TX

Sat 19 – CWBand – Last Concert Cafe – Houston, TX

Sat 26 – CWBand – Lulu’s – Destin, FL

Wed 30 – John Mayall – Music Box – San Diego, CA

Thu 31 – John Mayall – the Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA

June:
Fri 1 – John Mayall – Canyon Club – Agoura Hills, CA

Sat 2 – John Mayall – The Rose – Pasadena, CA

Sun 3 – John Mayall – The Canyon – Santa Clarita, CA

Tue 5 – John Mayall – The Siren – Morro Bay, CA

Wed 6 – John Mayall – Yoshi’s – Oakland, CA

Thu 7 – John Mayall – Crest Theater – Sacramento, CA

Mon 11 – John Mayall – City Winery – Chicago, IL

Tue 12 – John Mayall – Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI

Wed 13 – John Mayall – SPACE – Evanston, IL

Thu 14 – John Mayall – Wildey Theater – Edwardsville, IL

Fri 15 – John Mayall – Knucklehead’s – KC, MO

Sat 16 – John Mayall – the Auditorium – Eureka Springs, AR

Sun 17 – John Mayall – The Cotillion – Wichita, KS

more dates in the works!

For further info on all things John Mayall, please visit www.johnmayall.com

Spring 2018

Photo by Kevin Lance Photography!

After this week in Texas:
Friday 23 – The Last Concert Cafe – Houston, TX
Saturday 24 -Six Springs Tavern – Richardson, TX
Sunday 25 – Carolyn & Shelley King duo at OSMF Open House
Tuesday 27 – Carolyn is Ernie Durawa’s guest at Durawa Tuesdays Backstage – Austin, TX
Wednesday 28 – Austin Music Awards

We’ll be gearing up to hit the road for a post SXSW Spring Tour (dates in the post) while Carolyn studies furiously for her first gig as John Mayall’s guitar player at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival April 29!

Spring 2018 Kevin Lance photo

January NE Tour

 

Bundle up and come snuggle with us by the fire of our collective waves unifying on our NE tour!

Thu 11 – Bull Run – Shirley, MA

Fri 12 – Narrows Center for the Perfoming Arts – Fall River, MA

Sat 13 – Massry Center – Albany, NY

Sun 14 – Hill Country BBQ – FREE SHOW – NYC

Tue 16 & Wed 17 – Abilene – Rochester, NY

Fri 19 – Levon Helm Studios – Woodstock, NY

Sat 20 – The Falcon – Marlboro, NY

Shelley King will be joining us from NYC – Marlboro on this run!

 

Then we head back to Texas!

Sat 27 – The Backstage at El Mercado – Austin, TX

 

FEBRUARY

Thu 1 – Main Street Crossing – Tomball, TX

Sat 10 – SlimFest – Starlight Theater – Terlingua, TX

Fri 16 – Sam’s Burger Joint w/ Jeff Plankenhorn – San Antonio, TX

Sat 17 – One-2-One Bar – Austin, TX

Fri 23 – Last Concert Cafe – Houston, TX

Sat 24 – Six Springs Tavern – Richardson, TX

Tue 27 – Carolyn is Ernie Durawa’s Guest at The Backstage – Austin, TX

 

MARCH

Mar 3 – 10 – Carolyn & Shelley King duo play all week at the Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival – Zihuatanejo (and surrounding areas) – MEXICO

Mar 13 -18 – be on the lookout for SXSW appearances in and around Austin, TX. We’ll announce what we can when we can!

…on the road again!

Fri 23 – Capitol Theater – Burlington, IA

Sat 24 – Zoo Bar – Lincoln, NE

Sun 25 – Lefty’s Live Music – Des Moines, IA

Tue 27 – SPACE – Evanston, IL

Wed 28 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI

Thu 29 – Dakota Jazz with Shemekia Copeland – Minneapolis, MN

Sat 31 – Knucklehead’s – KC, MO

Sun, Apr. 1 – The Coda Concert House – Joplin, MO

 

 

OUR LATEST RELEASE “MOON GOES MISSING” IS NOW AVAILABLE ON VINYL!!!

sorry to shout! Just hit the “STORE” link in the upper right hand corner and get yours!

 

Oh What Fun to Collaborate!

Guy Forsyth & Carolyn Wonderland Texas Toast the Holidays 2017!
Tons of special guests and a slightly irreverent take on the music that is the holidays!

 

 

This is going to be a great collaboration celebrating authors and musicians of Texas Music on Dec 18 in Austin.

 

…and THIS was simply TOO MUCH FUN! Be on the lookout for the return of Amy Helm Presents SKYLARK in the future!