"A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughn, and a big load of soulful individuality. That's Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. And she can write, too."
"Throaty Texan Carolyn Wodnerland knows her way around six strings, but it's her soulful, near-contralto boicee that clinches the deal. Wonderland's a dynamic performer with a social conscience and her new record, Miss Understood, is a solid example of down-ome soul played by a woman who's got it in spades."
A triple threat with her diverse songwriting, soulful vocals, and guitar goddess status — all featured on over twenty CDs, six of which are her releases — Caroyln Wonderland has a pedigree in this business that’s hard to match. A bit of a renegade, she likes to incorporate elements of blues, country, swing, zydeco, surf, gospel, soul, and some nights, maybe even a cumbia into the musical mix.
Recent years have seen Wonderland stretching out musically, working some expert whistling and scat singing into her shows. In addition to her trusty guitar, “Patty,” Carolyn has been regularly playing her trumpet, and even occasionally the accordion, mandolin, or keys…she is threatening to take up nose flute if someone doesn’t stop her…
Wonderland’s songs have been featured on NBC’s Homicide, Fox’s Time of Your Life, & Houston NORML even made a video PSA set to Carolyn’s Annie’s Scarlet Letter. She has toured with acts like Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter, sat-in with String Cheese Incident, Robert Earl Keen, and Los Lobos, and even sang the “National Anthem” at Sturgis Bike Week 2003 — her 10th anniversary playing Sturgis — before Robbie Kneivel’s record-breaking jump over one hundred Harleys. Recently, she was a panelist at the University of Texas LBJ Library’s “Instruments of Freedom” Forum with Kinky Friedman, Marcia Ball, Jerry Jeff Walker and others. She’s been lucky enough to jam with mentors and friends like Bob Dylan, Eddy Shaver and Ray Benson.
Most recently, Wonderland has become the 2009 Winner of Best Female Vocalist and Best Blues Band at the Austin Music Awards!