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      May 19, 2017

      Friday   9:00 PM

      330 East Grayson Street
      San Antonio, Texas 78215

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      Carolyn Wonderland


      A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.Shed grown up the child of a singer in a band and began playing her mothers vintage Martin guitar when other girls were dressing dolls. Shed gone from being the teenage toast of her hometown Houston to sleeping in her van in Austin amid heaps of critical acclaim for fine recordings Alcohol & Salvation, Bloodless Revolution, and most recently, Miss Understood.Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel Wonderlands ability to whistle remains most unusual. Whistling is a uniquely vocal art seldom invoked in modern music, yet its among the most spectacular talents the human voice possesses.That vocal proficiency was well-established in the singers midteens, landing her gigs at Fitzgeralds by age 15. She absorbed Houston influences like Little Screamin Kenny and soaked up the Mad Hatter of Texas music, Doug Sahm. The Lone Star State was as credible and fertile a proving ground for blues in the 1980s as existed, especially in Austin with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Angela Strehli, Omar & the Howlers, and Lou Ann Barton all in their prime. By the following decade, Austins blues luster thinned, but Houston, always a bastion of soul and R&B, boasted the Imperial Monkeys with the effervescent Carolyn Wonderland as ruler of the jungle.In the early 1990s Wonderland & the Imperial Monkeys were invited to the Guadalupe Street Antones in Austin. There, they were treated like royalty with the singer as the queen of hearts in the clubs post-Stevie Ray Vaughan stable, which included Toni Price, Johnny and Jay Moeller, Sue Foley, Mike and Corey Keller, and the Ugly Americans. It was a good bar for the Monkeys to hang, and Austin felt so comfortable that when the band called it quits a few years later, she set her sights on Austin at the start of the millennium.

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