11.14.13 | 5:18 pm

Blues artist Carolyn Wonderland has been a force in Texas music for nearly two decades. She spent her formative years inside Houston’s dingy blues clubs, soaking up the sounds of great Texas artists before eventually playing alongside her idols.

In the late 1990s, at the urging of Texas trailblazer Doug Sahm, she landed in Austin where her modern take on the blues has flourished. “Mr. Sahm led me to the land of free guitar lessons and soul diving in Austin,” Wonderland says.

With her fiery red hair, equally fiery guitar playing and sultry power vocals, Wonderland often conjures comparisons to famed female rock stalwart Janis Joplin. It’s a comparison, says the performer, that can be a blessing and a curse.

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