Where’s Wonderland? Late Sept – Early Nov 2017

Where’s Wonderland, you ask?

After a nice summer tour and some recuperation, we’ve been lucky enough to play with friends and raise money for folks who need it when we can. Had a lovely time playing the Benefit for Harvey Survivors with Guy Forsyth and his amazing crew at Antone’s, felt good to play for HAAM day with Shelley King at Whole Foods. Thanks for being at the shows that bring us all together.

We had a great time at the Blues Bender in Las Vegas!!! So good to hear so many artists and hang out with friends old and new. Intrepid (our awesome booking agency) had a great bunch of bands playing all week! Thanks to Eric McFadden, Anne Harris, Queen Delpine, and Nick Schnebelen for jamming with us!

Catch a live one here:

Late SEPT:

Sat 16 – Carolyn Wonderland Band plays Heights Theater with special guest John Egan – Houston, TX

Tuesday 19 – Carolyn plays with Ruthie Foster, Jane Ellen Bryant, Nina Diaz, Suzanna Choffel, and Patricia Vonne at She Factory’s Song Pool: a songwriter in the round with stories, songs, and other surprises. Townsend – Austin, TX

Fri 22- Carolyn Wonderland Band with special guest The Mighty Orq at Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall – San Antonio, TX

Sat 23 – Carolyn Wonderland Band and Papa Mali melt into each others’ sets all night long at One-2-One – Austin, TX

Fri & Sat 29 & 30 – Carolyn Wonderland Band plays 7 pm both days at the Western Days Festival at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville, TX

OCTOBER:

Fri 6 – Carolyn Wonderland Band plays the Daytona Blues Festival – Daytona, FL

Sat 7 – Carolyn Wonderland Band opens for Tinsley Ellis at Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL

Sun 8 – Carolyn Wonderland Band at Earl’s Hideaway – Sebastian, FL

Thur 12 – Carolyn Wonderland Band at Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC

Fri 13 – Carolyn Wonderland Band at First Ward Fall Festival – Charlotte, SC

Sun 15 – Carolyn Wonderland Band at Pleasure Island Jazz, Seafood, & Blues Festival – Kure Beach, NC

Fri 20 – Carolyn Wonderland Band at Bugle Boy – La Grange, TX

Sat 21 – Carolyn Wonderland Band with TX KGB Band at Poodie’s – Spicewood, TX

Fri 27 – Carolyn joins an all star cast at this fundraising blues party for HOME at Antone’s – Austin, TX

Sat 28 – Double Header Alert! Carolyn Wonderland and Sis Deville at Six Springs Tavern – Richardson, TX

NOVEMBER:
Fri 3 – Amy Helm presents SKYLARK featuring Nicki Bluhm, Cindy Cashdollar, Jennifer Condos, Emily Gimble, Amy Helm, Shelley King, Allison Miller, Elizabeth Mitchell, Carolyn Wonderland, and Rachael Yamagata – Levon Helm Studios – Woodstock, NY

Sat 4 – Amy Helm presents SKYLARK featuring Nicki Bluhm, Cindy Cashdollar, Jennifer Condos, Emily Gimble, Amy Helm, Shelley King, Allison Miller, Elizabeth Mitchell, Carolyn Wonderland, and Rachael Yamagata – 2 shows – City Winery – NYC

Sun 5 – Amy Helm presents SKYLARK featuring Nicki Bluhm, Cindy Cashdollar, Jennifer Condos, Emily Gimble, Amy Helm, Shelley King, Allison Miller, Elizabeth Mitchell, Carolyn Wonderland, and Rachael Yamagata – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT

Sun 12 – Carolyn Wonderland Band joins with others to raise money for Austin’s Homeless Vets at the annual Red, White, and Blues 512 Festival – Austin, TX

More dates on the horizon, including Texas Guitar Women in Cincinnati, the Holiday Roast and Toast with Guy Forsyth tours through Texas, and more fun than at which one might shake a stick!

New album “Moon Goes Missing”!

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Carolyn Wonderland releases her 10th album, her follow up to 2015’s “Live Texas Trio”. Her prior studio release, “Peace Meal” (in 2011), reached Top 10 on Billboard’s Blues chart. The qualities that have cemented her notoriety as one of today’s top blues, rock, and Americana performing artists are on full display with this new release. Featuring 8 original songs and 3 covers. 

Carolyn says, “It is worth celebrating new music. It is an interesting time to try and release albums. Moon Goes Missing is a collection of songs I was lucky enough to record. It’s happily all over the map. Ty Taylor from Vintage Trouble makes a guest appearance on a song we cowrote, “Hellfire Bitters,” Guy Forsyth guests on a reworking of Bob Dylan’s “Brand New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat.” (The additional verses on “Pillbox” were from 2004 when Bob asked me to write response verses. I did! It was fun! Figured I should get around to recording it before it fades from my fingers.) The band (Kevin Lance, Bobby Perkins, and myself) were joined by the aforementioned Ty Taylor and Guy Forsyth; Shelley King, Marcia Ball, Red Young, Cole El-Saleh, Shelley Cox, and Oliver Steck on some tracks. We recorded at Ray Benson’s Bismeaux Studios with Sam Seifert & Steve Mazur. CD now, Vinyl soon!

Hope you like it.”

The Los Angeles Times says, “Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal! She is an amazing guitar player. And damn, can she sing.” 

“A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality… that’s Wonderland, a seething- hot Texas singer-guitarist. And she can write too! No wonder Dylan is a avowed fan.” – Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald 

Track Listing:

  1. Moon Goes Missing (Carolyn Wonderland)
  2. Open Eyes (Carolyn Wonderland)
  3. Hellfire Bitters ft. Ty Taylor (Taylor / Wonderland / Lance / El-Saleh)
  4. Can’t Nobody Hide From God (Blind Willie Johnson)
  5. Swamp (Carolyn Wonderland)
  6. Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat ft. Guy Forsyth (Bob Dylan)
  7. She Wants To Know (K. M. Blanchet aka Little Screamin’ Kenny)
  8. To Be Free (Carolyn Wonderland)
  9. Every Time You Go (Carolyn Wonderland)
  10. Come Together (Ruthie Foster / Carolyn Wonderland)
  11. Bad to the Bone (George Thorogood)

 

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Official release date June 9!

Track Listing:

  1. Moon Goes Missing (Carolyn Wonderland)
  2. Open Eyes (Carolyn Wonderland)
  3. Hellfire Bitters ft. Ty Taylor (Taylor / Wonderland / Lance / El-Saleh)
  4. Can’t Nobody Hide From God (Blind Willie Johnson)
  5. Swamp (Carolyn Wonderland)
  6. Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat ft. Guy Forsyth (Bob Dylan)
  7. She Wants To Know (K. M. Blanchet aka Little Screamin’ Kenny)
  8. To Be Free (Carolyn Wonderland)
  9. Every Time You Go (Carolyn Wonderland)
  10. Come Together (Ruthie Foster / Carolyn Wonderland)
  11. Bad to the Bone (George Thorogood)

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Carolyn Wonderland’s live album debut is here! Even with the success of studio albums in 2008 (Miss Understood) and again in 2011 (Peace Meal), those who have been fortunate enough to witness, 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 of her trio in a full-length album, and even better, to do it in a trio of Texas’ most famous packed houses, Antone’s in Austin, Kessler Theatre in Dallas and Last Concert Café in Houston.

“The reigning queen of Austin blues, Carolyn Wonderland sparks fire on guitar and soulful fury in the force of her vocal grit. Since 2011’s Peace Meal, reveling in Wonderland’s rough and raw Janis Joplin-esque howl and burn-down blues, she’s lent her impeccable riffs to a number of albums, including the LP from the Stooges’ James Williamson, Re-licked.” – Austin Chronicle

 

The result is Live Texas Trio and in addition to Carolyn, her bandmates Cole El-Saleh on keys and bass and Rob Hooper on drums, she invited guests Guy Forsyth and Shelley King on several tracks. Opening with a blistering take on Leon Russell’s “Palace Of The King,” the collection mixes a combination of tasteful covers (Doug Sahm, Blind Willie Johnson, Larry Campbell) with new originals (including one co-write with Ruthie Foster), and live versions of favorites from prior studio albums (“Walk On”, “Only God Knows When”). The evening wraps with a spirited rendition of the Ashford/Simpson “Let’s Go Get Stoned,” a fitting anthem for Antone’s Home of the Blues.

 

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, sneaking her way into biker bars to sit in with Little Screamin’ Kenny, to sleeping in her van in Austin amid heaps of critical acclaim for fine recordings Alcohol & Salvation, Bloodless Revolution, and more recently, Miss Understood and Peace Meal.

 

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. In that same year, she also performed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Tribute to Janis Joplin, along with Lucinda Williams, Susan Tedeschi, Bettye LaVette, Nona Hendryx, and many more.

 

2011’s follow up studio album, Peace Meal (Bismeaux), 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 more recent comeback) and founding Monkee, Michael Nesmith.

 

2014 was Carolyn’s busiest year yet. Highlights included key festival appearances in North America and Europe, as well as guest sit-in appearances with cohorts Vintage Trouble, and vocal performance on two tracks of James Williamson’s (Stooges) release of newly recorded versions of songs he and Iggy wrote in 1973 and 1974 called“Re-Licked” along with Jello Biafra, Mark Lanegan, Alison Mosshart, and many more.

 

2015 is already off to a great start. Highlights include her first-ever New Orleans JazzFest booking, appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly, and now her live record release. Carolyn will be touring non-stop through the year in North America and Europe in support of the release.

 

Track Listing:

  1. Palace Of The King (Russell, Nox, Dunn)
  2. At The Crossroads (Doug Sahm)
  3. Come Together (Ruthie Foster / Carolyn Wonderland)
  4. Only God Knows When (Carolyn Wonderland)
  5. Samson and Delilah (Blind Willie Johnson)
  6. Money In The Game (Carolyn Wonderland)
  7. Nobody’s Fault But Mine (Blind Willie Johnson)
  8. Walk On (Carolyn Wonderland)
  9. Heart (Neil Kassanoff)
  10. Cumbia Raza (Cesar Rosas)
  11. When I Go Away (Larry Campbell)
  12. Let’s Go Get Stoned (Ashford / Simpson)