Carolyn Wonderland is a name you may never had heard before but once you hear her sing you may be puzzled to why that is.
Her latest album “Miss Understood” is gaining noteable reviews and lots of attention that have kept her on the road since its release. It was just a matter of time , as Carolyn Wonderland’s critically acclaimed 2003 release “Bloodless Revolution”, as well as a run of incendiary live shows, clearly has crowned her as the heir-apparent of Texas blues legends.
Even Bob Dylan is an evidenced fan after hearing her perform in Europe. She’s been called the “real deal” by the Los Angeles Times. her latest album, “Miss Understood”, has helped Austin’s best-kept secret burst onto the national scene. She’s even been featured on Austin City Limits.
What makes her and her playing gain attention from some of the most well-known music artists? Well, you’ve got to hear her to believe her. Here’s a quote from the Boston Herald.
“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
If you enjoy Crystal Bowersox from American Idol, you will really appreciate Carolyn Wonderland.
From her adopted home in Austin Texas singer and multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Wonderland’s list of admirers stretches far beyond her home state’s already expansive reach. Asleep at the Wheel frontman and legendary producer Ray Benson remembers the time Bob Dylan called him after hearing Wonderland perform live : “He goes , ‘Hey, have you heard Carolyn Wonderland? She’s something else! She should be nationwide!'”
Carolyn Wonderland can be found on Austin Music Download – an mp3 download based in Austin Texas that features Texas music and Texas artists exclusively.
“Miss Understood” features six previously unreleased songs from Carolyn Wonderland (two of which she co-wrote with Ray Benson), as well as rare gems from Lloyd Maines and Terri Hendrix, Bruce Robison, JJ Cale, and a faithfully rendered classic from Rick Derringer.
Carolyn Wonderland’s songs have been featured on network dramas including NBC’s “Homicide” and Fox’s “Time of Your Life.” Wonderland toured with Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter, and jammed with String Cheese Incident and Los Lobos.
Next, go listen to her yourself and see if we’re lying or not.