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.
Carolyn grew up the child of a singer in a band and began playing
her mother’s vintage Martin guitar when other girls were dressing
dolls. She’s 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 more recently, Miss Understood and Peace Meal.
Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she
learned to play – trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel –
Wonderland even thows in a whistling solo on occasion.
Her breakthrough album release was 2008’s Miss Understood (Bismeaux).
From appearances on PBS’s Austin City Limits to top slots at major
festivals around the world, Wonderland’s album quickly reached the
Top 10 on Billboard’s Blues chart and her live shows left a trail of
screaming fans in its wake. The follow up, Peace Meal (2011), was
produced by a stellar cast including long-time supporter and
inspiration, Ray Benson, and two-time Grammy winner Larry Campbell
(the force behind The Band drummer Levon Helm and his recent
comeback) and founding Monkee, Michael Nesmith.
2014 highlights included key festival appearances in North America
and Europe, as well as guest sit-in appearances with cohorts Vintage
Trouble, and vocal performance on two tracks of James Williamson’s
(Stooges) release of newly recorded versions of songs he and Iggy
wrote in 1973 and 1974 called “Re-Licked” along with Jello Biafra,
Mark Lanegan, Alison Mosshart, and many more. 2015 highlights
include her first-ever New Orleans JazzFest appearance, appearance
on Carson Daly Show, and a live album called “Live Texas Trio.”
Cole El-Saleh plays keyboards and key bass. His keyboard work can be
heard on Carolyn Wonderland’s most recent three albums, as well as
about a hundred other projects, mostly recorded and produced in
Austin, Texas between 1996 and the present.
Rob Hooper was born in Dallas, TX and started playing drums when he
was 11 years old. Rob started playing professionally at age 18. He
has played drums for Jimmie Dale Gilmore, the Resentments, Seth
Walker, Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, and many more.