Carolyn Wonderland, Austin Music Hall
Carolyn Wonderland and her band took a break from the road (they log more than 300 shows a year) and joined Ruthie Foster and Suzanna Choffel on stage for a round of jams at the opening of the Austin Music Awards (which coincides with the opening of SXSW), where she won Best Blues Band and Best Female Vocalist honors. Carolyn is known for two things in the Lone Star State and beyond: her soulful vocals and her guitar chops. Her playing draws from country, swing, zydeco, surf and soul. Wonderland’s arsenal included what she calls an all-original Lesline Pauline, a 50th Anniversary Tele with Barden pickups and a Fender Vibrolux Reverb.