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Carolyn Wonderland July Tour!

Carolyn Wonderland July 2019 Tour Dates

July 4 – Abingdon Music Experience – Abingdon , VA
July 5 – City Winery – Washington, D.C.
July 6 – The Soundry – Columbia, MD
July 8 – The Abilene – Rochester, NY
July 9 – The Iridium – NYC
July 10 – The Colony – Woodstock, NY
July 12 – 9 Wallis – Beverly, MA
July 13 – North Atlantic Blues Festival – Rockland, ME
July 14 – Bridge Street Live – Collinsville, CT
July 19 – Sioux Falls Jazz Fest – Sioux Falls, SD
July 20 – Lowertown Blues and Funk Fest – St. Paul, MN
July 23 – Mendocino Music Festival – Mendocino, CA

Carolyn Wonderland July 2019 tour

Thanks for your messages of concern. I am recovered from my recent surgery and am running close to full steam. I went on tour with John Mayall three weeks after getting my bionic hip and was off the cane, walking fairly normally (for me) about a month in to the trip. Man, that was a crazy tour! John’s Spring European tour hit 15 countries, 46 shows, in 55 days – and his new release, “Nobody Told Me” even reached number one on the Blues charts while we were touring. The shows were fun, the band was grooving, and my boss is a tank! We return for 60 days this fall after a couple of legs in the US.

I have enjoyed my time at home getting to play with Sis Deville, Shelley King, and Marcia Ball! It occurs to me that the only chance one has to see the Carolyn Wonderland Band (featuring the stellar and interstellar Kevin Lance and Bobby Perkins) in Texas for the next few months will be this coming Thursday, May 30th, at Antone’s. We’re playing with the amazing Davy Knowles! Doors at 7, show at 8

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I’m on the road with John Mayall in June hitting the following:

June 13, 14, 15, 16 – Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley – Seattle, WA

June 18 – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR

June 19 – The Shedd – Eugene, OR

June 20 – Tower Theatre – Bend, OR

June 22 – Rio Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA

June 23 – Yoshi’s – Oakland, CA

June 25 – Crest Theatre – Sacramento, CA

June 26 – The Siren – Morro Bay, CA

June 28 – Club Madrid at Sunset Station – Henderson, NV

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Then I’ll come home, throw the clothes in the wash, repack, and take Kevin, Bobby, and Shelley Cox back out on the road!

 

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!…

Better Know the Band

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

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

KEVIN LANCE: DRUMS, VOX

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

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 Spring 2018.…

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!!!…

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.…

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!