Carolyn Wonderland is a triple threat with diverse songwriting, soulful vocals and guitar goddess skills. One critic wrote “If you put Melissa Etheridge, Chrissie Hynde, and Dick Dale in a blender and hit puree, you’d get a pretty potent mixture called Carolyn Wonderland.” With her latest release, Miss Understood, Wonderland is on the cusp of national stardom.
Originally from Houston, Wonderland received numerous music awards there starting when she was a teenager. As the lead singer fronting the band Imperial Monkeys, Wonderland releases include 1995’s Play with Matches and 1997’s Bursting with Flavor. Of Bursting with Flavor, Billboard wrote “Wonderland and her Imperial Monkeys have built a strong regional following the old-fashioned way: by crisscrossing the state in a van, playing gig after gig wherever someone would have them. The road-worthiness of the band’s sound is evident.”
Wonderland’s solo work includes 2003’s Bloodless Revolution, about which The Austin Chronicle wrote, “Wonderland’s voice is as muscular as her name is evocative.” Her CD Miss Understood was released in February 2008 to overwhelming critical acclaim. Produced by Asleep At The Wheel’s Ray Benson, the CD features Wonderland at her finest.
“The rest of the country is finally catching on to what lovers of creative, heartfelt bluesy rock in the Houston area have known …for years: Carolyn Wonderland…has what is called ‘the goods’…intelligent songwriting, intricately crafted grooves and a voice that has to be heard to be believed,” wrote the Colorado Springs Independent.
EPISODE LISTSharon Jones & the Dap-Kings/Carolyn Wonderland (Season 34)