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Miss Understood
     

Miss Understood

4.5 2
by Carolyn Wonderland
 
On her seventh album, Texas blues singer/guitarist Carolyn Wonderland teams with Ray Benson, leader of Asleep at the Wheel, who serves as her producer, co-writer on two songs, backup guitarist, and the head of her record label, Bismeaux Productions. Benson seems to have just let Wonderland be herself, and that results in a varied

Overview

On her seventh album, Texas blues singer/guitarist Carolyn Wonderland teams with Ray Benson, leader of Asleep at the Wheel, who serves as her producer, co-writer on two songs, backup guitarist, and the head of her record label, Bismeaux Productions. Benson seems to have just let Wonderland be herself, and that results in a varied collection that begins by emphasizing her blues-rock bona fides on the lap steel workout "Misunderstood" and ends with the ballad "Feed Me to the Lions," on which she is accompanied by the Tosca String Quartet. In between, there is plenty of room for her tasty, sometimes ferocious guitar playing on both originals and such covers as a version of the Johnny Winter signature song "Still Alive and Well." She has a powerful, rhythmic voice, her phrasing, if not her timbre, sometimes recalling Janis Joplin's, perhaps because they come from the same part of the world. While the rockers clearly provide a comfort zone for her, Wonderland seems equally at home on calmer material, notably the slow blues "Bad Girl Blues" and "I Don't Want to Fall for You," which sounds like a lost song from the days of Tin Pan Alley. Such versatility serves her well and only whets the appetite for her next guitar solo.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2008
Label:
Bismeaux Productions
UPC:
0678572959127
catalogNumber:
9600

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Performance Credits

Carolyn Wonderland   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Trumpet,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Lap Steel Guitar
Tim Curry   Background Vocals
Guy Forsyth   Harmonica
Ray Benson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Guitar (Baritone)
Jon Blondell   Bass
Cindy Cashdollar   Dobro
Lloyd Maines   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,12-string Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Jamie Oldaker   Drums
Jason Roberts   Fiddle
David Sanger   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass
John Mills   Horn
Wes Hightower   Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Tracy Seeger   Violin
John H.R. Mills   Saxophone
Ames Asbell   Viola
Sara Nelson   Cello
Leigh Mahoney   Violin
Shelley King   Choir, Chorus,Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Shelley King   Background Vocals
Glenn Fukunga   Bass Guitar
Cole El Saleh   Keyboards
Barry "Frosty" Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

J.J. Cale   Composer
Rick Derringer   Composer
Ray Benson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Lloyd Maines   Composer
Bruce Robison   Composer
Carolyn Wonderland   Composer
Dick Reeves   Art Direction
Terri Hendrix   Composer
John H.R. Mills   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Eldridge Goins   Composer

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