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.
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.
Patrice Pike and Wayne Sutton are bringing their collaboration of arrangements of songs from Sister 7 and all their catalog of solo projects over the years. Patrice and Wayne are the founders of the seminal jam band Little Sister, also known as Sister 7. The two have toured with Sister 7 and on their own including supporting the Allman Brothers, John Fogerty, Sarah McLachlan, Blues Traveler, The Neville Brothers, Ray Charles, Chris Isaak and Dave Matthews Band among others. They have played Austin City Limits Festival for many years, as well as Kerrville Folk, High Sierra, Strawberry Festival, and also legendary venues in the U.S. and Europe. Their songs are literary, emotionally riveting and eclectic, drawing from Roots Rock, Rhythm and Blues, World and Jazz influences. Patrice is an accomplished rhythm guitarist, vocalist and drummer and Wayne’s lead guitar and singing all together creates a big sound as a duo as well as with their full band. They have put together a collection of new songs that have been selling out shows in major markets in the southwestern region and are working on a new recording project with a wealth of top players as well as doing select shows with Sister 7. The touring will include Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, California, Oregon and Washington state.
Patrice is also Co-Founder of the Step Onward Foundation and has collaborated in raising over $450,000 for supporting education and housing and sustainability for young adult survivors of homelessness and children surviving critical illness in the last 10 years.