A remarkably talented triple threat with her diverse songwriting, soulful vocals, and guitar goddess status, Carolyn Wonderland has a pedigree in the music industry that’s hard to match. Since dropping out of her Texan high school, Wonderland has dedicated her life to music and become one of the most respected blues artists on the scene.
While she has earned most of her critical acclaim as a well-versed blues singer and guitarist, Wonderland is a skilled multi-instrumentalist, equally proficient on the trumpet, mandolin, accordion, and piano. Never one to accept limitations, Wonderland has earned a label as a kind of renegade, incorporating elements of country, swing, zydeco, surf, gospel, soul, and cumbia music into her own soulful sound.
Since beginning her career as a teenager, Wonderland has won an array of awards including 2009 and 2012’s Best Female Vocalist at the large-scale concert festival Austin City Limits. Wonderland has also won numerous Houston Press Music Award’s, including Best Guitarist, Musician of the Year, and Best Blues Songwriter of the Year. Since 1993, she has released nine albums, had her music featured on national television shows, and performed alongside the likes of Buddy Guy, Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, Ray Benson, and Los Lobos. Her most recent album, Peace Metal, was released in September 2011 and has been called “…gritty, beautiful, smart, and seriously cool” by Premier Guitar Magazine. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience Wonderland’s one-of-kind soulful style as she stops by The Dakota on her current North American tour!
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Carolyn Wonderland is a Texas treasure of a blues/country/folk singer and songwriter… a powerful and original guitar player, who just happens to be a favorite of Bob Dylan.” -Dirty Linen
“Wonderland’s a dynamic performer with a social conscience… a solid example of down-home soul played by a woman who’s got it in spades.” -Eugene Weekly
“One of the most impressively powerful voices recently heard anywhere… Able to boon, cajole, promise and growl with equal power, she plays guitar with much the same forcefulness.” – Dallas Observer