Concert by Carolyn Wonderland – Texas Blues Phenomenon
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Location: Stoddard Hall
Contact: email@example.com or (617) 831-2430
Tickets: $20 in advance, general seating, $30 includes buffet dinner
Dabney Hall Box Office
Andover Newton Theological School
210 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459 617-831-2430
Box Office Open:
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
and one hour in advance of performances in Stoddard Hall. Or order on-line 24/7. Tickets go on sale 60 days before the concert date. Reserved seating unless otherwise noted.
"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! Produced by Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson, Miss Understood focuses on tough yet vulnerable blues, but also captures the melodic soul of classic American song… No wonder Dylan is an avowed fan." - Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald
Carolyn Wonderland has the goods. A triple threat with her diverse songwriting, soulful vocals, and guitar goddess status - all featured on over twenty CDs, six of which are her releases - she has a pedigree in this business that’s hard to match. A bit of a renegade, she likes to incorporate elements of Blues, Country, Swing, Zydeco, Surf, Gospel, Soul, and some nights, maybe even a Cumbia into the musical mix. Recent years have seen her stretching out musically working some expert whistling and scat singing into her shows. In addition to her trusty guitar, "Patty," Carolyn has been regularly playing her trumpet, and even occasionally the accordion, mandolin, or keys…she is threatening to take up nose flute if someone doesn’t stop her…
Wonderland’s songs have been featured on NBC’s "Homicide," Fox’s "Time of Your Life," & Houston NORML even made a video PSA set to Carolyn’s "Annie’s Scarlet Letter." She has toured with acts like Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter, sat-in with String Cheese Incident, Robert Earl Keen, and Los Lobos, and even sang the "National Anthem" at Sturgis Bike Week 2003—her 10th anniversary playing Sturgis —before Robbie Kneivel’s record-breaking jump over one hundred Harleys. Recently, she was a panelist at the University of Texas LBJ Library’s "Instruments of Freedom" Forum with Kinky Friedman, Marcia Ball, Jerry Jeff Walker and others. She’s been lucky enough to jam with mentors and friends like Bob Dylan, Eddy Shaver and Ray Benson. She’s co-written songs with Ruthie Foster, Cindy Cashdollar, Candye Kane and Guy Forsyth.
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 has won awards in The Houston Press for everything from Best Guitarist, Vocalist, Songwriter, Blues, to Release of the Year and Musician of the Year—virtually sweeping the awards for 5 years from the time she was a teenager. Now residing in Austin, Ms. Wonderland says, "I moved to the land of free guitar lessons!"