Written by Eddie Ferranti
Jan 26, 2008 at 08:00 PM
ImageHad the pleasure of taking in my third house concert at Kenny Pipes’ “Almost Austin” series in Pasadena recently. It was yet another slamdunk! The performer this evening was Carolyn Wonderland. Carolyn & I go way back to the early 1990’s when I first caught her at the Hideaway bar in Houston. I had never seen a lady strum a guitar like she does ever. I was hooked from the first time I saw her and my has she done well since. She moved to Austin a few years back and it has been a good move for her career.

In the words of CW: “I moved to the land of free guitar lessons!” Amen girl. This rockin’ woman has the goods as they say. Off the wall, diverse songwriting and powerful vocals mix well with her kick ass guitar playing. Make no mistake about it, CW marches to her own drum. Girl can play trumpet, accordian, keyboards and lately mandolin.

She performed a killer Hendrix tune “Wind Cries Mary” on this night. She featured mainly tunes from her 2003 release “Bloodless Revolution” along with cuts from upcoming “Miss Understood”. Some of my favorites were “Judgement Day Blues”, “Still Alive and Well” (which she finally put on a CD-been playing for years), “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, “My Mind’s On Vacation and I’m Out Sick” and “I Live Alone with Someone”. The title cuts from the two CDs were killer, too. “Miss Understood” was done on a lap guitar and a scorchin’ “Bloodless Revolution” kicked ass.

Hell the girl even did a raving “Happy Birthday” song to a gentleman in attendance! I did not want to forget that she was joined by her reliable keyboard man Cole El Saleh. He has been with her for awhile now and he really rounds out her sound well. Carolyn is tireless worker who still burns up the freeway between Austin and Houston, along with all over the country-and annual trek to Amsterdam for her “Wonderjam” birthday fest!

To catch such a talent in a freakin’ living room setting was beyond a treat. Oh did I mention the grub that Kenny provided? To-die-for chicken and dumplings and a “turduckin” were a few of the mouth watering treats on the menu. In closing, if you’ve not caught Carolyn, DO IT.  She plays Dan Electros and Mucky Duck on a fairly regular basis.

Contact Kenny Pipes at : KPipesjr@aol.com   and tell him you want on his mailing list to hear about future gigs! Support live music people! Until next time, God Bless and be safe…