213 West Fifth Street
Austin, TX 78701
9:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
Carolyn Wonderland is a multi-award winning artist from Texas. She just won Best Female Vocalist (not bad for a guitar picker!) at the 2011/12 Austin Music Awards .Previously, she and her band were named Austin's Best Blues Band at the 2009 Austin Music Awards where Carolyn picked up the award for Best Female Vocalist, too! No stranger to awards, Carolyn has several from the Houston Music Awards (
Best Guitarist, Musician of the Year, Release of the Year, Single of the Year, Best Female Vocalist, Best Blues Band, among others)! Carolyn, her band and friends were recently featured on PBS's Austin City Limits with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Her 2011 Bismeaux release, "Peace Meal" (recorded in Austin at Bismeaux and Woodstock, NY at Levon Helm's Studio) has been in the top ten iTunes Blues Chart, Top Twenty Americana Playlist and has found folks talking about Carolyn's music from House of Blues Radio's Elwood's BluesMobile to Don Imus, from Guitar Player Magazine to the Huffington Post. Carolyn is proud to announce her band's partnership with www.WhyHunger.org while on tour (and at home shows!) the band donates 10% of sales to this amazing organization. Please DO check them out! "Peace Meal" has been critically lauded and is the follow up to the 2008 CD, "Miss Understood" (produced by Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson) which has been on the charts and in rotation since it's release and has been featured on many "Best of" lists. She, Cole El-Saleh, Rob Hooper, and Shelley Cox have toured most of the States, and Europe, and Japan ... perpetually on the road ... only landed in jail once (knock on wood) for peacefully protesting the war.
Lucky enough to jam with mentors and friends like
Bob Dylan, Ray Benson, Marcia Ball, Cindy Cashdollar, and the late Eddy Shaver, she's toured with Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter,
sat in with Los Lobos, String Cheese Incident,
Robert Earl Keen, and Ray Wylie Hubbard,
co-wrote tunes with Cindy Cashdollar, Ruthie
Foster, Candye Kane, Sarah Brown and Guy Forsyth,
and recorded extensively with Jerry Lightfoot
and [Dead/Tubes keyboardist] Vince Welnick!
At the 2007 inaugural Road To Austin festival,
she was accompanied by the amazing Bonnie Raitt,
and performed to much acclaim with Kris Kristofferson and Delbert McClinton, backed by Stephen Bruton's all-star band [incidentally, all filmed for a future realease!]
How lucky can one girl get?
Well, with a lot of hard work, just this lucky!
In her words, "I still get to play most every night,
so the Adventure continues; every musical interlude
is a new page, another chance to jump into the Ether."
Carolyn has eight releases of her own, and her music has been featured on tons of compilations from a live version of "Misunderstood" from 2008's Blues on the Green on KGSR's Broadcasts [Vol. 16], (benefiting the SIMS foundation) to XIT (Ten in Texas) where Carolyn sings Billy Joe Shaver's "Honky Tonk Heroes" with Asleep at the Wheel, to Palo Duro's Texas Unplugged [Vol. 2] where Cindy Cashdollar and Carolyn Wonderland play an acoustic instrumental they composed together, "Turtle Bayou Turnaround", to Ruf's Guitar Women anthology ... and lots more. It is also recommended you find "Texistentialism" from Jerry Lightfoot's Band of Wonder. (Carolyn was the singer in this band featuring Jerry, Carolyn and Vince Welnick) ...
In addition to Carolyn Wonderland's appearance on Austin City Limits, her music has been featured on prime-time network TV dramas such as NBC's "Homicide" and "Time of Your Life" on Fox... Notably, her biographical "Annie's Scarlet Letter" is the featured soundtrack for Houston NORML's PSA. Appearing in several recent award-winning films, she's a featured artist with an interview in "American Music: Off the Record", is a featured artist in "Texas Burning" and has songs and an appearance in the film "Sno-Cone."
She was recently a panelist at the University of Texas LBJ Library's "Instruments of Freedom" Forum with Marcia Ball, Jerry Jeff Walker and Kinky Friedman...
Carolyn is also in a few other notable groups, including Sis DeVille, Austin's all-grrl southern-rock super-group (with Shelley King, Floramay Holliday, Lisa Pankratz, and Anne Marie Harrop)! ... When she's not driving around the country playing music, catch her celebrating Gospel Brunch at Maria's Taco X-Press (in Austin) with the Imperial Golden Crown Harmonizers (the first Sunday of most months) raising money for local charities. She's also a performing member [since its inception] of Austin's Instruments For Peace ... and has membership in the Loose Affiliation of Saints and Sinners (with Eldridge Goins, Guy Forsyth, Papa Mali, and several others); many of her songs are featured on L.A.S.A.S.' "Sessions from the Hotel San Jose Rm. 50"...
The new album "Peace Meal" is out on 9/27/11!
With all this fun and hard work,
Carolyn's first love is her band ...
We invite you to come hear why!
Malford Milligan is a world class blues/soul singer, based out of Austin, Texas. With his nationally acclaimed band "Storyville," he recorded 3 CDs; 2 with Atlantic Records, and 1 with November Records. He performed on "Austin City Limits" 3 times; twice with "Storyville," and once with Eric Johnson. Malford Milligan has also appeared on the Conan O'Brian show. Malford Milligan has toured with BB King, James Cotton, Edgar Winter, Double Trouble, Kenny Wayne Shepard, and many more. Malford is now fronting "The Malford Milligan Band."
Malford has recorded on more than 30 albums with such artists as, Hal Ketchum, Marcia Ball, Doyle Bramhall, Alejandro Escoveda, Sue Foley, Stephen Bruton, Chris Smither, Eric Johnson, Double Trouble, The Boneshakers, and Toni Price among others. His new CD, "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished," will be released soon!
As an adolescent and young teen in Dallas, Texas in the late1950's, Denny Freeman heard on the radio the radical new sounds of people like Little Richard, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, and Chicago and Louisianna blues artists like Muddy waters and Slim Harpo. Freeman would go to concerts that featured folks like Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley, Ruth Brown, and the Clovers. In the 60's there was Jimi Hendrix and Cream, and the wonderful jazz of the time. All of it contributed to the music that Freeman would come to play. Primarily a guitar player, he has played piano and organ on his own and other folks records and gigs over the years. Jennifer Warnes has him playing piano on one track (The Well [Reprise]) on her latest release. His piano playing also appears on James Cotton and Jimmie Vaughan albums. He toured on Jimmie Vaughan's first solo outing as the piano player.
Denny has been the main writer on the songs on his four, mostly instrumental albums, and teamed up with Kathy Valentine of the GoGos and Clem Burke of Blondie, to submit music to Deborah Harry for the Blondie "No Exit" album. Deborah wrote the lyrics, and "Boom Boom in the Zoom Zoom Room" was born. He also co-wrote "BaBoom (Mama Said)" with Jimmie and Stevie Vaughan for the Vaughan Brothers' "Family Style" album.
After touring for a year and a half with Jimmie Vaughan in the mid nineties, he toured w/ Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band until late 2002, playing guitar. It was during this period that Taj' Grammy winning CD, "Shoutin' in Key" was released. "Playing with an American icon like Taj Mahal was a real honor for me. We went all over Europe and to Japan, and it seems that there are Taj fans in every nook and cranny, all over the planet."
After growing up in Dallas, going to college in north Texas, and a brief sojourn in L.A., Freeman moved to Austin, Texas in 1970. Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall, and Stevie Vaughan soon followed. If you were a musician, a part of the sub culture, or just had long hair, Austin was the place to be in that part of the world, at that time. It wasn't so much of a music town, Freeman observes. " It was the kind of place that musicians in the early 70's found hospitable. Lots of pretty girls, cheap rent, a laid back atmosphere, those things were especially helpful, in those days." The word got around and musicians are still moving there, today, although things have changed, like everywhere else, and cheap rent is certainly a thing of the past. The main thing, though, that these folks had in common, was that they came ready to play blues. Unhappy with the direction rock was heading after the demise of Cream and Jimi Hendrix, blues was the only thing that appealed to these and a few other people. But still it was a struggle. Of course, Jimmie, w/ his Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Stevie finally found some commercial success. Freeman lived and played with Jimmie and Stevie off and on through the 70's and 80's. There just weren't many players interested in playing blues, so the pool was small. "I first heard Jimmie Vaughan play in Dallas, when he was 16, and Stevie a few years later, in Austin, when he was around 17. It was obvious, even then, that we would be hearing from these guys. It took a while, but eventually most fans of guitar, the world over, came to know about them, too. We became friends, roommates, bandmates. Stevie still owes me $30 rent."
In 1975, the world famous Antones Night Club opened up. At first, the T Birds were the house band, providing backing for the famous Chicago, and other, blues artists that were booked. In the early 80's, another house band was formed, and Freeman had guitar and piano duties, backing up blues giants like Otis Rush, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Lazy Lester, and many, many more. "It was beyond anything I could have imagined. I never thought I'd see most of these guys, much less get to play with them. Some of the shows were recorded, so I'm even on records with my heros."
In spite of Freeman's work with Austin blues bands and blues artists in L.A., where he lived from1992 until late 2004, he doesn't consider himself a "blues guy". "I'd rather think of myself as a guitar player." The compositions on his four albums display a love of three chord rock n' roll, soul jazz, blues and old school r&b and soul music. "I'll always love listening to my old blues records, and trying to play it (blues), but I don't want to be stuck in that bag. I like to go out on a limb, sometimes. I also love ballads." Clem Burke plays drums on his latest CD, "Twang Bang."
Some of Freeman's early recordings (late 80's) ended up in low budget, mostly horror films. One, "Mortuary Academy", featured Paul Bartel and Wolfman Jack. He recently was in the studio (eraly 2004), playing on the new Percy Sledge album, "Shining Through the Rain", which includes a Denny co-write (w/ Fontaine Brown), "Love Come and Rescue Me", as well as his own new project. In October (2004), he was in the studio, with C.C. Adcock, and Scott Nelson and Mike Keller, working on Doyle Bramhall's forthcoming album, "Is It News?". (Spring release)
Denny played in the Bob Dylan Band from 2005 until August 2009, and plays on the Bob Dylan album, "Modern Times". Since the autumn of 2009, Denny has been playing in Austin, Texas a lot, mostly at the Continental Club, Antones, and The Gallery, and in DFW area clubs, and is preparing to record.
Derek "Big House" O'Brien is a Texas-style blues guitarist, sometime bassist and record producer based in Austin, TX.
A stalwart of the house band at the famous Austin blues club Antone's Nightclub, O'Brien is most often found backing up other Austin frontmen, including Delbert McClinton, Lou Ann Barton, The Texas Tornados and almost anyone recording on the Antone's Records label.
O'Brien has also backed up major blues names such as Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters. Ted Drozdowski, writing on Gibson Guitars' website, says, "O'Brien has a terse, arrow-sharp and spare style comparable to Jimmie Vaughan's – light on flash, but soooo right. Check it out." $15.00 - $150.00