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Local Artist Wednesday: Carolyn Wonderland


    Carolyn Wonderland. Photo: Brio  

Carolyn Wonderland, a Houston native, began her music career in the early ‘90’s while still a teenager releasing her first album Play With Matches in 1995. Carolyn stood out among other musicians, not just because of her pink hair but because of her amazing voice and guitar playing ability. She won just about every Houston Press music award should could justifiably be nominated for and she has continued to win awards in Austin which she now calls home. The greatest of these awards may just be the proclamation she received from Austin Mayor, Will Wynn last year proclaiming February 28 as Carolyn Wonderland Day.

In addition to her own band, Carolyn is also involved in other music projects. That’s not surprising as Austin musicians are seldom in just one band. Carolyn’s extra curricular activities include playing guitar and singing in the all-girl southern rock band Sis Deville and she frequently joins her friends known as the Imperial Golden Crown Harmonizers for Gospel Brunch at Maria's Taco X-Press on Sundays, weather permitting of course, with money raised going to charity. If you find yourself in Austin on a Sunday afternoon, they start around 12:30 pm.

Carolyn Wonderland is in town friday, March 27 for two shows at the Mucky Duck. Accompanying Carolyn will be her “stripped down band” featuring Scott Daniels (guitar), Cole El-Saleh (keyboards), Michael “Lefty” Leftkowitz (drums) and JP Conga (percussion). In addition to guitar, Carolyn plays a multitude of instruments including piano, trumpet, accordion and mandolin. If you ask nicely, she might even whistle for you. In key, of course.

Carolyn’s latest album Miss Understood is produced by Ran Benson, founder of the band Asleep At The Wheel. You may have seen her on television, she appeared last November on the PBS program, Austin City Limits. Below is the video for the song Misunderstood:

Carolyn Wonderland performs at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, Friday March 27. For ticket information call 713.528.5999.