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Sunday, March 16 • 12:00am - 12:30am
Carolyn Wonderland

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Biography ... Carolyn Wonderland definitely has the goods! A triple threat, with her diverse songwriting, soulful vocals, and guitar goddess status - all featured on over twenty CDs - she represents a pedigree in this business that's hard to match. A bit of a renegade, she incorporates elements of Rock, Blues, Country, Zydeco, Surf, Gospel, Cumbia, Soul and Swing into the musical mix. Recently, she's stretching out musically, working some expert whistling and scat singing into her shows. In addition to her trusty guitars, "Patty", "Tellie" and "Leslie Pauline", and "L'il Lappy" (as well as her mandolin, "Mandy") she's now regularly playing her trumpet... and she's threatening to take up nose flute if someone doesn't stop her... Lucky enough to jam with mentors and friends like Bob Dylan, Ray Benson and the late Eddy Shaver, she's toured with Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter, sat in with Los Lobos, String Cheese Incident, Robert Earl Keen, and Ray Wylie Hubbard, co-wrote tunes with Cindy Cashdollar, Ruthie Foster, Candye Kane, Sarah Brown and Guy Forsyth, and recorded extensively with Jerry Lightfoot and [Dead/Tubes keyboardist] Vince Welnick! At the 2007 inaugural Road To Austin festival, she was accompanied by the amazing Bonnie Raitt, and performed to acclaim with Kris Kristofferson and Delbert McClinton, backed by an all-star band [incidentally, all filmed for a future realease!] How lucky can one girl get? Well, with a lot of hard work, just this lucky! In her words, "I still get to play most every night, so the Adventure continues; every musical interlude is a new page, another chance to jump into the Ether." Originally from Houston, a city where she won awards in The Houston Press for everything from Best Guitarist, Best Vocalist, Best Songwriter, Release of the Year and Musician of the Year - virtually sweeping the awards for 5 years from the time she was a teenager - she now resides in Austin. "I moved to the land of free guitar lessons!" Her music has been featured on prime-time network TV dramas such as NBC's "Homicide" and "Time of Your Life" on Fox... Notably, her biographical "Annie's Scarlet Letter" is the featured soundtrack for Houston NORML's PSA. She sang the United States national anthem at Sturgis Bike Week 2003 -- her 10th anniversary there! She was recently a panelist at the University of Texas LBJ Library's "Instruments of Freedom" Forum with Marcia Ball, Jerry Jeff Walker and Kinky Friedman... Carolyn is also in a few other notable groups, including membership in the Loose Affiliation of Saints and Sinners (with Eldridge Goins, Guy Forsyth, Papa Mali, and several others); many of her songs are featured on L.A.S.A.S.' "Sessions from the Hotel San Jose Rm. 50". Carolyn is "just the guitarist" in Sis DeVille, Austin's all-grrl southern-rock super-group (with Shelley King, Flora May Holladay, Lisa Pankratz, and Anne Marie Harrop)! She's a founding member of the Austin Volunteer Orchestra. When she's not driving around the country playing music, catch her celebrating Gospel Brunch at Maria's Taco X-Press (in Austin) with the Imperial Golden Crown Harmonizers [the first Sunday of most months] raising money for local charities. She's a performing member [since its inception] of Austin's Instruments For Peace! Her first love is her band - the Carolyn Wonderland Band - and with good reason! Always featuring keyboard genius Cole El-Saleh and, typically, drummer Michael Lefkowitz (occasionally guitarist/vocalist Scott Daniels and/or her former producer and drummer Eldridge Goins), her years of touring are evident in both the maturity of the songs and the tightness of the grooves! Never one to rest on her laurels, Carolyn Wonderland is back from the studio working with producer Ray Benson at Bismeaux on lucky CD number 7, "Miss Understood"!

Sunday March 16, 2008 12:00am - 12:30am
Antone's 213 W 5th St

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