Tempting Fate CD

Carolyn Wonderland

Tempting Fate CD

Ex-lead guitarist in John Mayall’s Blues Breakers with an exuberant and astonishing collection of songs, deeply rooted, yet fired by a rocker’s sensibility.  The tracks pit brilliant originals with revelatory versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, John Mayall and Billy Joe Shaver, with sparks flying from Wonderland’s guitar and the undeniable soul in her voice.  "With incendiary guitar chops and raw, powerful vocals, fiery Texas blues rocker Carolyn Wonderland  draws instant comparisons to fellow Texans Stevie Ray Vaughan and Janis Joplin."  —NPR Music


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1. Fragile Peace And Certain War 3:58
2. Texas Girl and Her Boots 4:20
3. Broken Hearted Blues 4:52
4. Fortunate Few 3:24
5. Crack in the Wall 3:11
6. The Laws Must Change 4:59
7. Honey Bee 4:25
8. On My Feet Again (for Russ) 2:59
9. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (with Jimmie Dale Gilmore) 3:47
10. Loser 7:15


Carolyn Wonderland: Vocals, Lead Guitar, Lap Steel on Fragile Peace And Certain War, Whistling on On My Feet Again
Bobby Perkins: Bass
Kevin Lance: Drums, Background Vocals on Honey Bee


Dave Alvin: Rhythm Guitar on Crack in The WallFragile Peace And Certain War, Second Lead Guitar on Loser
Red Young: Organ on Broken Hearted Blues, The Laws Must Change and Fortunate Few, Piano on On My Feet Again
Marcia Ball: Piano on Texas Girl And Her Boots
Cindy Cashdollar: Lap Steel on Crack In The Wall and It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
Shelley King: Background Vocals on Texas Girl And Her BootsHoney Bee and Loser
Jan Flemming: Accordion on Crack In The Wall and Honey Bee
Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Vocals on It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry

Produced by Dave Alvin
Recorded by Stuart Sullivan and Carter Greeves and mixed by Stuart Sullivan at Wire Recording Studio, Austin, TX. Drew Potter, Assistant Engineer
Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room, Chicago, IL
Photos by Ismael Quintanilla
Packaging design by Kevin Niemiec

Dave Alvin appears courtesy of Yep Roc Records

Carolyn Wonderland is booked by Intrepid Artists International