Saturday, February 1, 2014


Tearing up the stage at the Mint 1.14.14, Austin, Texas' own Carolyn Wonderland and band made their Hollywood audience jump for joy as well throughout a 100% all stops out performance. Of the above photo, Carolyn generously claimed, "Wow, thanks for capturing that moment. It really felt just like that!"

Since the mid-1990s Wonderland has been winning myriad awards for her bluesy rock passion in both her vocals and highly adept guitar playing, most memorably with slide and steel that night at the Mint. Her performance encompassed rockers, ballads, honkytonk stomps, originals and covers (I heard Johnny Winter/Rick Derringer in there!), all with an endearingly sincere, direct rapport with her audience each and every minute onstage. Offstage her sense of humor has embraced projects with appellations like The Imperial Monkeys and Texistentialism. Carolyn Wonderland retains many name-drop fans/supporters within the ranks of The Bigs in music from Malibu to Sturgis. Quite deservedly so! 

The band:  
Carolyn Wonderland, guitars, trumpet and vocals; Cole El-Salah, keyboards and key-bass; Rob Hooper, drums. Guests in encore jams, Ty Taylor and Nalle Colt of Vintage Trouble, vocals and guitar respectively.                      

"Still Alive And Well..."


  Two six-string slingers-- Carolyn with fellow Texan James Williamson, legendary hotshot guitarist of and producer of Iggy and The Stooges. It's known that they've collaborated on an as yet unannounced project. Carolyn's gesture is American Sign Language for "love," lest Wonderland fans surmise she's gone all out Heavy Metal.  Below, Scott Thurston,
keyboardist for the 1973/4 Iggy and The Stooges before his current longtime gig as Heartbreaker for Tom Petty & The; Carolyn Wonderland and James Williamson.
Above, rock couturier and onetime garter belt-clad back cover star of the original Kill City release by Iggy Pop and James Williamson, Evita Corby; Carolyn Wonderland; James Williamson.
Above, left to right: Toby Dammit, drummer for Iggy and The Stooges on tours; Evita Corby, Scott Thurston, James Williamson. Below: guest photographer Evita Corby snapped two shots of Scott, James and your humble photojournalist enjoying the moment, with and without shades. 

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