Carolyn Wonderland Tearin’ it up in the Lonestar State

My significant other periodically reminds me that the guitar music landscape is pretty heavily gender biased. Very true indeed, but definitely not for a lack of female 6-string talent. So as this blog’s small contribution to feminism, I’m going to make a conscious effort to highlight women who tear it up with as much soul and technique as any man. I encourage readers to leave listening suggestions in the comments, as women in this business unfortunately often fly under the radar.

I discovered Carolyn Wonderland recently via Mountain Stage, and picked up her 2011 album Peace Meal. It’s a highly recommendable listen. Carolyn’s Joplin-esque voice and monster guitar chops are firmly rooted in the blues, but with elements of R&B, country, and folk thrown in for good measure. Check out her right-hand technique — that pickless pop and snap of the strings is totally old school, a la Skip James or Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. And note the monster tone coming out of that 15 watt Blues Jr — I bet the owner of the Marshall stack in the background is wondering why he bothers throwing out his back every damn gig.

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