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Carolyn was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition on Sunday Jan, 8th to talk about the new album Peace Meal. Have a listen at the link.
Check out the June issue of Guitar Player on stands now! Thank you, Matt Blackett for a great article!
arolyn Wonderland is being praised unanimously for her new album ‘Peace Meal’ (Bismeaux Records) that finds her collaborating with producers Larry Campbell, Ray Benson and the Monkees’ Michael Nesmith.
Critics are heralding the album for capturing the high energy of Wonderland’s electric live shows and displaying the raw talent that has made her a legend of Texas, and a huge hit in performances across the US and abroad. Check out what critics are saying about Wonderland’s brilliant ‘Peace Meal’:
“Texas’ blues machine [Carolyn Wonderland] churns out a keeper.” – USA Today
“Relaxed, accomplished and roadhouse-dirty, “Peace Meal” is the sound of a veteran artist who knows exactly who she is, playing straight to her considerable strengths.” – Newark Star-Ledger
“The greatest Southern blues voice of all time, part whiskey, part wolf-mother in heat.” – Houston Press
“She can wail with the best of them.” – All Music Guide
“I can’t decide whether I like her raspy, lush-toned vocals or soulful and skillful guitar playing better, but luckily I don’t have to choose!” – Guitar World
“Live, the woman reaches down deep and essentially turns herself inside out. Her music will do the same to you.” – Rochester City Newspaper
“Establishes her as an artist to be reckoned with.” – About.com
“Wonderland can perform enough vocal gymnastics to scare an American Idol contestant and play enough hot licks to make guitar freaks weep with joy. But everything she and her band do serves the songs. That makes for a full-meal deal.” – San Antonio Express-News
“Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal! She’s an amazing guitar player. And damn, can she sing.” – Los Angeles Times
On ‘Peace Meal’ (9.27, Bismeaux Records), “blues guitar goddess” (NY Post) Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet and the grit of a survivor. Best known for her astounding vocal energy and musicianship, Wonderland is a true legend in her time, equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis Joplin and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
‘Peace Meal’ is a career benchmark for Wonderland. She collaborated with expert producers Larry Campbell, Ray Benson and famed musical impresario Michael Nesmith of The Monkees. Not one to take comparisons to Joplin Joplin lightly, Wonderland dug deep into Joplin’s vault to find a rare, bootleg recorded in Austin of the little-known gem “What Good Can Drinkin’ Do.” Additional stand-out tracks include the Vince Welnick / Robert Hunter composition “Golden Stairs” as an epic goose-bump-inducing ride, “Two Trains,” a tribute to Wonderland’s Houston mentors like Little Screamin’ Kenny and Wonderland’s fresh take on Bob Dylan’s “Meet Me In The Morning.”
‘Peace Meal’ shows just how far Wonderland has come in her career, touring non-stop across three continents, performing on PBS’ Austin City Limits, and a Janis Joplin tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and collaborating with a long list of luminaries such as Levon Helm, Guy Forsyth, Susan Tedeschi and John Jorgenson. For some time after relocating to Austin from Houston, Wonderland was living out of an old van – flat broke and looking for a gig. It’s been a tough fight and the experience lends a unique credibility to her music and to her life. As a constant advocate for the homeless and peace, the Texas Homeless Network’s John Paul DeJoria Award recognized Wonderland’s efforts in 2010.