Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cindy Cashdollar and Carolyn Wonderland - Turtle Bayou Turnaround

Cindy Cashdollar
Carolyn Wonderland

Carolyn Wonderland is a blues singer, songwriter and musician from Houston, Texas. Born on Nov 9th 1972 she dropped out of Houston's Langham Creek High School to pursue her music. In 1999 she moved to Austin, Texas. In 2001, Wonderland lost her apartment lease when her landlord fell ill, and she decided to live out of her van for a while (two years) because she was on the road so much, spending over 300 days a year on the road performing.

Carolyn's instrumental abilities include acoustic and electric guitar, electric mandolin, slide guitar, trumpet and piano. Although she is primarily a Blues artist she likes to incorporate elements of Country, Swing, Zydeco, Surf, Gospel, Soul, and on some nights maybe even a little Cumbia into her musical mix.

In February 2008, she released "Miss Understood" on the Bismeaux Productions label. The title song from Miss Understood has remained in the Top 50 on the Roots Music Report charts ever since the album's initial release[3]. Her fans include Bob Dylan and Ray Benson, founder of Asleep at the Wheel. Benson produced Miss Understood, and has been a song writing collaborator with her for many years. Wonderland credits several other blues and Texas musicians as influences on her music. One notable is Austin singer/songwriterTerri Hendrix. Wonderland covered two Hendrix songs, ('I Found the Lions' and 'Throw My Love'), on her Miss Understood CD.

Wonderland has been involved in a large variety CD-album recordings. Several were self produced on independent labels. She was the lead singer fronting the band Imperial Monkeys. Wonderland released "Bloodless Revolution"(2008), for South by Southwest-2008. Today it is only available in an MP-3 download format. Carolyn is the primary singer on the Jerry Lightfoot's Band of Wonder "Texistentialism" CD with Jerry and Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead, Tubes.)[6] Wonderland was a founding member of the Loose Affiliation of Saints and Sinners (with Papa Mali, Eldridge Goins, Guy Forsyth, and others), with several of her songs being featured on their "Sessions from the Hotel San Jose Rm. 50" CD. Carolyn was also the lead guitarist in the all-girl, southern rock band Sis DeVille, and a founding member of the Austin Volunteer Orchestra.

Wonderland's virtuosity has earned her an appearance on Austin City Limits. Carolyn has also had her music used on NBC’s “Homicide” and Fox’s “Time of Your Life.” She was a headlining artist at the annual Rochester International Jazz Festival summer 2009 at the Eastman Theatre and New York.

Carolyn Wonderland jamming at Antone's in Austin (2008).

Carolyn Wonderland has won the following awards:

Best Female Vocalist - 2009 Austin Music Awards

Best Blues Band - 2009 Austin Music Awards

Best Female Vocalist - 2000 Houston Press Music Awards

Gold Award-Flagstaff International Film Festival- Music Video Awards -Alan Ames &Assoc.' "Party on Houston" featured artist "Carolyn Wonderland"

Cindy Cashdollar (born May 25, 1956) is a steel guitar and Dobro artist. She grew up in Woodstock, New York where she perfected her skills by playing with bluegrass musician John Herald, blues musician Paul Butterfield, and Levon Helm and Rick Danko of The Band.

Cashdollar received five Grammy awards while playing for eight years with Asleep at the Wheel and has also backed such noted performers as Bob Dylan, Leon Redbone and more recently Ryan Adams as a credited member of his band The Cardinals. She authored a series of instructional videos on her instruments and released her first solo album, Slide Show, in 2004. Cashdollar currently makes guest appearances on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, conducts workshops nationwide and plays in a number of musical venues around Austin, Texas.

During the fall of 2004 she was a member of Ryan Adams's band The Cardinals playing the steel guitar live on stage. She also went into the studio with this band and played on the album Cold Roses, although she didn't tour the album with Ryan Adams & The Cardinals and was replaced in 2005 by Jon Graboff.

In 2006, she toured with Van Morrison promoting his country and western album, Pay the Devil. She also appeared with him at theAustin City Limits Music Festival, on September 15, 2006 and on the television show Austin City Limits featuring Van Morrison.
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