Carolyn Wonderland

Carolyn Wonderland ::

Carolyn Wonderland is the multi-award winning guitarist/ singer/ songwriter/ pianist/ trumpeteer from Houston, TX (now living in Austin) with the funny hair (now cut Texas summer short & gasp! It’s one color!) & BIG mouth! (and even bigger voice). With a voice that has to be heard to be believed, Carolyn and her band have been a favorite in the media since 1992, and have won just about every “Best of” music award the city of Houston has to offer. Through years of touring, she has developed a cult following across the United States and parts of Europe.

Carolyn has led her band through several incarnations, and has released 6CDs to date. (currently recording lots of demos- you can hear them in progress at Recently, she’s had the pleasure of recording as the featured singer with Jerry Lightfoot’s Band of Wonder, featuring: Jerry, Carolyn, Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead, Tubes, Todd Rundgren), Frosty (Guy Forsyth, Lee Michaels, Sly & the Family Stone), John X Reed (Texana Dames, Doug Sahm) & Larry Fulshear (Taj Mahal). Look on this site for release dates soon!

Carolyn has been lucky enough to get onstage & jam with folks like Los Lobos, Robert Earl Keen & Eddy Shaver!

You can find her at her regular Tuesday gig in Houston at the Last Concert Cafe & rumor has it she sits in with Guy Forsyth on Sundays at Antone’s in Austin. Well, here’s a little more background info of Carolyn Wonderland and the Imperial Monkeys. Enjoy!

Born in the seventies in Houston, she started playing the family piano, & Mother’s guitars around the age of eight, followed shortly thereafter with her aunt’s cornet. Carolyn sat in on tambourine at her mom’s gigs & later started her first band, an all-girl vocal group that sang their own songs, in the 3rd grade, but they didn’t do much gigging outside the playground.

By sixth grade, Carolyn played piano & guitar with the older boys’ bands, covering Alice Cooper, AC/DC & whatever was fun, until one day


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