Carolyn Wonderland – Blues & Brews, CO

Since it’s no secret how much we love Carolyn Wonderland, we were glad to see her opening the Blues and Brews Festival in Telluride. The early birds and those who came to stake out a place for their tent were treated to one of Austin’s finest singers and guitar players.

Joking about the rush to get lawn space, she said, “I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own two eyes.”

With Cole El-Saleh on keyboards and Michael “Lefty” Lefkowitz on drums (“without whom I’d be just a boring folky”) she played songs from her latest album Miss Understood such as A Long Way To Go, Misunderstood and a song she “stole from Ms. Terri Hendrix,” I Found The Lions.

While the high altitude was a factor (“I’m from the swamps, and this is really high!”) she pressed on, singing a few new songs before tearing it up on I’m The Man with her whistling and improvised horn section and Cole’s rag-time piano. The set ended with I’m Out Sick and Judgement Day Blues.

Carolyn and her band will be over at Las Montanas tomorrow night for a Juke Joint show. Don’t miss it!

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Photos by Nichole Wagner

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