Carolyn Wonderland

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Music / Singing - Performance

Date & Time: Saturday, September 8, 2018
8:00 PM-11:00 PM

Suggested Audiences: College, Adult
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Bull Run Restaurant
Sawtelle Room
215 Great Rd
Shirley, MA 01464
Cost: $22 advance; $26 day of show.
Description: Carolyn Wonderland was picked by John Mayall to be his guitarist, which is quite an honor considering John's long history of picking great guitar players (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Aynsley Dunbar, Coco Montoya, Freddie Robinson, Walter Trout and way too many more to name here.)
And as some of you know we had John Mayall with Carolyn scheduled for September 8. But John is having a health issue and had to postpone some of his tour. Carolyn has graciously agreed to fill the date with her own band. Those of you who have tickets for John Mayall can exchange them for this show and the balance will be made up with a Bull Run Gift Card, which is good for food, drinks or any future shows. But if you don't have tickets, you will want to see this show. Carolyn & band are incredible.

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.


"She'd grown up as the child of a singer in a band and began playing her mother's vintage Martin guitar when other girls were dressing dolls. She'd 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," "Miss Understood," "Peace Meal," and most recently, "Live Texas Trio."

Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play  trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel  Wonderland's ability to whistle remains most unusual. By age 15 she had 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 '80s 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, Austin's 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. Her circle of musician friends and admirers broadened to include Ray Benson, the late Eddy Shaver, Shelley King, and yes, Bob Dylan, who likened her composition "Bloodless Revolution" to "a mystery movie theme." She also claims membership in the all-girl Sis Deville, the gospel-infused Imperial Crown Golden Harmonizers, and takes aw-shucks credit for inspiring Amsterdam's annual WonderJam.

"Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal! She's an amazing guitar player. She whistled a solo & even played the trumpet! And damn, can she sing." - Los Angeles Times

"One of the most impressively powerful voices recently heard anywhere, regardless of sex." - Matt Weitz, Dallas Observer

"A seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. And she can write, too!... No wonder Dylan is an avowed fan." - Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald

"Her voice can be as beautiful as an angel and as powerful as a Class 5 hurricane all within the drop of a hat" - Dante Dominick, Rockzillaworld Magazine

The Bull Run is a full-service, farm-to-table restaurant in a pre-revolutionary tavern, located about 35 miles NW of Boston, with plenty of free parking and rustic, old-world charm.
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Phone: 978-425-4311
Entered by: Bull Run Restaurant

Created: August 27, 2018 at 3:44 PM

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