Carolyn Wonderland

Sam's Burger Joint & San Antonio Blues Society Presents:

Carolyn Wonderland

Jimmy Spacek

Sat, March 4, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15.00 - $70.00

This event is 18 and over

Seating NOT GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final. 

All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door.  $15 Advance/$15 Day of Show/$70 Reserved Booth

 

Carolyn Wonderland
Carolyn Wonderland
A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

“She’d grown up the child of a singer in a band and began playing her mother’s vintage Martin guitar when other girls were dressing dolls. She’d gone from being the teenage toast of her hometown Houston to sleeping in her van in Austin amid heaps of critical acclaim for fine recordings Alcohol & Salvation, Bloodless Revolution, and most recently, Miss Understood.

Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play – trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel – Wonderland’s ability to whistle remains most unusual. Whistling is a uniquely vocal art seldom invoked in modern music, yet it’s among the most spectacular talents the human voice possesses.

That vocal proficiency was well-established in the singer’s midteens, landing her gigs at Fitzgerald’s by age 15. She absorbed Houston influences like Little Screamin’ Kenny and soaked up the Mad Hatter of Texas music, Doug Sahm. The Lone Star State was as credible and fertile a proving ground for blues in the 1980s as existed, especially in Austin with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Angela Strehli, Omar & the Howlers, and Lou Ann Barton all in their prime. By the following decade, Austin’s blues luster thinned, but Houston, always a bastion of soul and R&B, boasted the Imperial Monkeys with the effervescent Carolyn Wonderland as ruler of the jungle.

In the early 1990s Wonderland & the Imperial Monkeys were invited to the Guadalupe Street Antone’s in Austin. There, they were treated like royalty with the singer as the queen of hearts in the club’s post-Stevie Ray Vaughan stable, which included Toni Price, Johnny and Jay Moeller, Sue Foley, Mike and Corey Keller, and the Ugly Americans. It was a good bar for the Monkeys to hang, and Austin felt so comfortable that when the band called it quits a few years later, she set her sights on Austin at the start of the millennium.
Jimmy Spacek
Jimmy Spacek
Jimmy Spacek's new release "PEACE & DISTORTION" captures a fire and soul that emerges from those fine guitar players who came before and those out in the world, serving up captivating music covered in a special Texas sauce. His playing sports a unique style that weaves blues, rock, and soul together with an explosive knockout punch. Jimmy's songwriting is also front and center with lyrics chanting hard-edged blues themes with driving guitar; but also digs deeper on "Broken Man"; about a military veteran who finds himself out on the street. And "Peacemaker" which echo's the never ending quest for peace...plus a cry for a better understanding of our common goals and needs on "Division Fare".

Jimmy grew up on the South Side of San Antonio picking up the guitar at age 14. This area of town also gave birth to many influential Texas artists- Augie Meyers, Doug Sahm and Randy Garibay. Seeking out their music and other great talents like Johnny Winter, Delbert McClinton, and ZZ Top; these artists helped shape his musical vocabulary…as he puts it, "I got to hang out and listen and steal a lick or two" this quote also referring to two of SA's premier rock bands (from the same neighborhood); The Cave Dwellers and The Aggressors. In high school Jimmy helped form The Undecided Mynd, playing a mix of 60's artists: The Doors, Monkees, Rightious Brothers, The Animals and Jimi Hendrix...Jimmy being one of a few guitar players at that time playing Hendrix.

The 10 song project was recorded at San Antonio's Edit Point Studio by Donnie Meals and mixed by Kelly Donnelly at Studio Plush in Austin. "It's always such a cool experience working with Donnie, makes us feel at home and brings out the best playing from everyone". "Kelly is one of the best anywhere in regard to guitar tone and he finds the sweet spot in every instrument for that final mix…we're very lucky he was able to mix the album in and around his busy schedule with Eric Johnson". Also on tap is an appearance from West Side Horn great's, Al Gomez and Henry Rivas on the rock/funk piece "People, Rain & Shine" and "South Side San Antone". The later song is a soulful tribute to the people on the Southeast side of San Antonio and the artists and music Jimmy heard and admired growing up there; simply put in the line, "I learned to listen to the heart and play from the soul".
Venue Information:
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215
http://samsburgerjoint.com/