Accused of sounding like the freaky-lesbo-love-child of Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin, Carolynn describes herself as a bluesy, country-funkified soul singer. She is all those things, and then some.
Carolynn Black was born in a sleepy little seaside suburb of the Big Apple, and from the first day of music class she wanted to be a singer. While she was exposed to classical, jazz, and musical theater in high school, Carolynn didnâ€™t find the blues until she spent a semester in DC during her junior year at Syracuse. A sort of self-taught Blues 101 followed during college, grad school, and while interning on The Hill: lots of blues jams, acoustic guitar lessons, and feverish songwriting. After a stint as the lead singer for The BluesHounds, she followed her dream back to NYC at the end of 1997.
Carolynn quickly formed her own band, Carolynn Black & The Blues, and hosted a weekly jam for two years at The Wreck Room, a cozy little haunt in the heart of Greenwich Village. In March 2001, CB&B self-produced and released Let it go, an eclectic collection of rootsy blues, f.u.â€™s, and mostly true stories, described as having a "bluesy folk rock style that bleeds with an intense energy and soulful aura."
For the next three years, Ms. Black continued to play in and around NYC with The Blues, and became the lead singer for The Healers, a kickinâ€™ r&b/soul/blues cover band. This ultimately led to the release of her second cd, livinâ€™ in a ball factory, in December, 2004 at Bleecker Street's most cherished live music venue, The Bitter End, where she had become a regular performer. Produced by Ms. Black and bassist Dean Zucchero, the album was recorded with members from The Blues, The Healers, and a few special guests. Her sophmore effort includes some dirty blues, a garage-punk-love song, a waltzy ode to Amsterdam, and some folky intimate numbers. The celtic-sounding "One brother," has already received honors in the 2005 Song of the Year and 2006 Great American Song contests.
At the end of 2004, Carolynn moved to Madison, Wisconsin with her man and their three cats for a change of scenery. A year and a half later, she is already making a splash in Madison's burgeoning music scene. Ms. Black sings weekly with the Original Funky Drummer himself, Clyde Stubblefield and is also the new face and sound of r&b/neo-soul outfit Vibe Syndicate, as well as a member of The Black 'n' Blues All-Stars, a veritable who's who of midwestern soul. The Carolynn Black Band is getting ready to unleash its chicken-fried-funk at this yearâ€™s Summerfest in Milwaukee (July 4th), and at The 2006 Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati, OH (Sept. 20-23). To top it all off, she was nominated for a 2006 MAMA (Madison Area Music Award) for Best Female Vocalist. With her husband Tom by her side on lead guitar, Carolynn hopes to spread her philosophy as far as she can:
Music is life, so keep on rockinâ€™!
Check out the artist's website:
1. That girl
2. Baby, I love you
3. To my future husband
4. The Bloomberg Blues
6. Get it while you can
8. One brother
9. Angel from Montgomery
10. Ooh baby
11. You don't know me