“Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal!” -Los Angeles Times “Adollop 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.” -Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald Carolyn grew up the child ofa singer in a band and began playing her mother’s vintage Martin guitarwhen 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, BloodlessRevolution, and more recently, Miss Understood and Peace Meal. Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to playâ€“ trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel, Wonderland even throws in a whistling solo on occasion. Her breakthrough album releasewas 2008’s Miss Understood (Bismeaux). From appearances on PBS’ AustinCity Limits to top slots at major festivals around the world, Wonderland’s album quickly reached the Top 10 on Billboard Blues chart and her liveshows left a trail of screaming fans in its wake. The follow up, Piecemeal (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 appearanceswith cohorts Vintage Trouble, and vocal performance on two tracks of James Williamson’s (Stooges) release of newly recorded versions of songs heand 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 Jazz Fest appearance, appearance on CarsonDaly Show, and a live album called “Live Texas Trio.” Kevin Lance playsdrums and is currently recording/performing/touring with Carolyn Wonderland, Nakia & the Blues Grifters, and performing local dates with theTexas Tycoons. Over the past three decades, Kevin has performed and recorded with such artists as Carolyn Wonderland, Alejandro Escovedo, WillieNelson, Paula Nelson, Fastball, Nakia, Wendy Colonna, Ginger Leigh,Patrice Pike, Patricia Vonne, Miles Zuniga, Jon Dee Graham, Dewato, Darin and Trish Murphy, Skyrocket, Govinda, Matt Hubbard, Lance Keltner, Mr. Rocket Baby, Johnny Goudie, Steven Doster, Phil Lewis and LA Guns, The Holidays, Johnson (the band), and many others. He also assembledand was a driving force behind the critically acclaimed and award winninginstrumental groups Gnappy and McLemore Avenue. Bobby Perkins is a man. Aman of mystery. Bass player to the stars, he is a constellation. Nobodyfully understands the inner workings of such a Perkins, but everyone tries. Born in Italy, TX, young Bobby traded a pig for his first car and used that car to drive to music. He keeps driving music to this day. He is known for his stints in bands like Chicken Strut, Larry, Topaz, Graham Wilkinson, Whiskey Sisters, Bruce Hughes’ All Nude Army, and Carolyn Wonderland, with whom he currently sweeps up the dance floor with the four string thunderbroom.
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