Carolynn Black

Carolynn Black

 Madison, Wisconsin, USA
BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Chicken-fried folk with a side of soul...

Biography

Carolynn Black: n., NY orig. 1. singer-songwriter, known to encourage happiness and good vibes through music. Currently, she can be found on the stages of Madison, WI with The Carolynn Black Band, The Clyde Stubblefield Band, Vibe Syndicate, and The Black 'n' Blues All-Stars searching for people in need of a Cheshire-cat smile of a song.

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.

Here's the short version: After playing in and around NYC for eight years with her band, Carolynn Black & The Blues, she released her second album, "livin' in a ball factory" on December 4th 2004 at The Bitter End. Carolynn performed regularly at the famous Greenwich Village folk club, with both her band, and The Healers, a rock & soul cover band. The smashing cd release party was a culmination of the hundreds of shows leading up to it. Since its release, "livin in a ball factory" has received glowing reviews, and the celtic-sounding track "One brother," has garnered honors in the 2005 Song of the Year and 2006 Great American Song contests.

Due to interesting circumstances, (real estate markets, impulsive yet smart-as-hell decision making, etc.) a week later, she was driving her little hatchback, worldy possessions and cat in tow, to Madison, WI for a little breathing room and a new life with her then fiance, Tom. Little did she know, moving to the midwest would turn out to be the best move for her career.

It didn't take long for Carolynn to find her way through Madison's burgeoning live music scene; a blues jam here, jazz jam there, and then she sat in with the man, "The Original Funky Drummer," Clyde Stubblefield. Mr. Stubblefield, known primarily for laying down the funky grooves for James Brown, has lived and played in Madison for 30 years. A local luminary, he has mentored most of the drummers in south central Wisconsin, and at 63, is still the grooviest of them all. In October 2005, Clyde called up Carolynn and said "You're in the band!" As his "goddess of soul" Carolynn gets to wrap her sultry voice around all the classic r&b, funk, blues, and soul he can dish out every Monday at The King Club. In return for her intoxicating performances, she was nominated for a 2006 MAMA (Madison Area Music Award) for Best Female Vocalist, and had the honor of performing the award show finale with Clyde and another of Madison's local legends, jazz keyboardist, Ben Sidran.

The same week she was asked to join The Clyde Stubblefield Band, Carolynn was also invited into the original r&b/neo-soul outfit Vibe Syndicate whose debut album is due out this fall. As the new vocalist and lyricist, she was given the opportunity to step out of her box and expand her writing and song styling. Always up for a challenge, she has added that extra spark to a seriously talented group of musicians. Carolynn is also a member of The Black 'n' Blues All-Stars, a veritable who's who of midwestern soul.

All of this attention lead her to form a new band for her down-home, countrified, funky, singer/songwriter sound. The Carolynn Black Band recently unleashed its chicken-fried-folk at this year’s Summerfest in Milwaukee to rousing crowds. Carolynn and her husband Tom flew to Cincinnati this September to showcase The Carolynn Black Duo at the 2006 MidPoint Music Festival. While only their first trip to MPMF, they made a splash at one of the city's most cherished jazz venues, The Blue Wisp, and at the classic dive bar, Rhino's. With Tom by her side on electric guitar, John Mesoloras on bass guitar, and Joey B. Banks on drums, Carolynn hopes to spread her philosophy as far as she can: Music is life, so keep on rockin’!

Lyrics

Ooh Baby

Written By: Carolynn Black

Seems like a lifetime, I've been waitng for you.
I've been waiting for you to find me
But I knew it was just a matter of time
Till you discovered my hiding place,
I gotta say it was worth the wait.
Cause ooh baby it's so good
And oh baby baby I'm in love with you
Because you make me feel so happy baby
you know I swear I didn't think could
You found the key to unlock my rusty heart
Why don't you open it up and see if it still works.
If you look deep inside I am sure that you will find me there, smiling a cheshire cat smile right back at you oh
Cause ooh baby it's so good
And oh baby baby I'm in love with you
Because you make me feel so happy baby
you know I swear I didn't think could
You're the sweet cream in bullseye
You're the pie that makes me high
You're the answer to my crossword clue
You're the best thing in my life
Because you do something to me that has never been done before
You make me feel so good, feel so nice that all I can do is ask for more
Ooh baby it's so good
And oh baby baby I'm in love with you
Because you make me feel so goddamn happy
you know I swear I didn't think could
I didn't think could
I didn't think could
I didn't think could

To my future husband

Written By: Carolynn Black

You overwhelmed me from the start.
And all at once I knew you'd break my heart,
or save me from the loneliness I'd found.

Now here we are so much in love.
I still cannot believe that I'm not dreaming.
Pinch me quick so I will know that you are real.

It's been just over a year,
and I've got something to say.
I'm sure you already know how I feel but baby I'm gonna tell you my way.

'Cause I've been thinking about my future,
and trying to let go of my past.
And if there's only one thing I know for certain it's that our love will last.

'Cause I wanna be your bride.
I wanna be barefoot in the sand.
I wanna be standing by your side,
holding your hand,
Holding your hand.

I wanna be your bride.
I wanna be barefoot in the sand.
I wanna be standing by your side,
holding your hand,
holding your hand,
holding your hand,
holding your hand.

One brother

Written By: Carolynn Black

I dreamt last night you were ten years old, a happy little boy.
It was before the pain had a chance to find you.
You were smiling at me and sayin everything was gonna be allright.
Yes everything was gonna be allright.

So when I heard your voice on the phone this morning I was so surprised.
But there was so much fear coming over the wire, I tried not to cry.
I said "won't you please let me put you up for the night, and everything was gonna be allright.

'Cause, I only have one brother,
and I need you more than you could ever know.
I only have one brother,
and I am never gonna let you go.

So come to me, rest your head, rest your weary eyes.
You can stop running from the demons you been carrying around deep inside.
You know if could I would beat your demons down, I would tear them all down to the ground.

Oh 'cause, I only have one brother,
and I need you more than you could ever know.
I only have one brother,
and I am never gonna let you go.

I can only do what you ask me to,
Say the word I'll run fast as I can to you.
I can only help if you want me to,
please say you do.

I only have one brother,
and I need you more than you could ever know.
I only have one brother,
and I am never gonna let you go,
never gonna let you go,
never gonna let, let you go.

Ride

Written By: Carolynn Black

Boy, what are you so afraid of?
Dontcha know that I'm not gonna bite you?
Dontcha know that I just wanna know you?
But I'm not talkin' about your mind.

I been watchin you for a long, long time now.
And I know you been watchin me.
Every single time we see each other baby,
There is undeniable chemistry.

And you know I,
I just wanna ride.
Yeah, baby come on and give me a ride.

I can feel your dark brown eyes upon me.
And I can feel the heat comin' from your stare.
I can feel your hips movin' slow with mine know.
Can't you feel it? We are almost there.

And you know I,
I just wanna ride
Yeah baby come on give me a ride.

Cause you know I don't wanna hassle you baby,
And I wouldn't wanna cause you distress.
Oh baby I just need one little thing, Why dontcha come on and give me a kiss?
Cause you know I don't wanna be your girlfriend, and I'm not lookin' to change your life.
I don't wanna be your ever after, I just need a ride tonight.

So come on baby and give me just a little taste now.
Cause if you kiss me once you'll wanna kiss me twice.
There are only two more things I still need form you baby.
And that's your hands and your body all over mine.

Oh, cause you know I,
Ooh baby I,
Oh baby I just wanna ride.
Yeah baby come on give a ride
Oh baby come on give me a ride
Oh yeah come on give me a ride
Oh baby, I promise not to take you too far outta your way.
I'm even gonna chip in some money for gas.
Just five minutes over the Brooklyn Bridge come on give a ride,
Ooh baby give me a ride,
Ooh baby give me a ride,
Please?

This is how it's supposed to be

Written By: Carolynn Black

Standing on the beach watching the sun rise
In your arms I see the world through your eyes
Pretty purple foam creeps up on the sand
Everything’s okay when I hold your hand

Sometimes I wish, that everybody could see
The lovely dish, you see in me
I’m such a beautiful girl, I’m such a sexy bitch
When you look at me, this is how it’s supposed to be

Waves are crashing rolling into the light
As the orange sun chases away the night
I see myself aglow in your dancing eyes
A brand new day with you is the greatest prize

Sometimes I wish, that everybody could see
The lovely dish, you see in me
I’m such a beautiful girl, I’m such a sexy bitch
When you look at me, this is how it’s supposed to be

Discography

Albums:
dontchawannaknow -Vibe Syndicate- due Fall 2006
livin' in a ball factory -Carolynn Black- released Dec. 2004
Let it go -Carolynn Black & The Blues- released Mar. 2001

Both cds are available for purchase at cdbaby.com

All tracks from both cds are available for digital download at a number of sites including itunes.com, audiolunchbox.com, and mymusic.com

Set List

I have about 2 hours of original material Carolynn Black tunes and 2 hours of original Vibe Syndicate tunes. I have an exensive cover repertoire of that spans blues, jazz, country, rock and soul. It includes but is not limited to:

Blues& Jazz:
All of Me
At Last
Born Under A Bad Sign
Bring it on Home to Me
Built For Comfort
Come Back Baby
Come Rain or Come Shine
Comes Love
Crossroads
Do I Move You?
Evil Gal Blues
Fever
Fine and Mellow
Frim Fram Sauce
Guilty
Help Me
Hey Bartender
Hootchie Cootchie Mama
Honeysuckle Rose
I Know You Love Me Baby
It Hurts Me Too
It Hurts So Bad
Little By Little
Love Me Like A Man
Love Me With A Feeling
Merry Christmas Baby
Mighty Tight Woman
The Nighttime is the Righttime
Nobody Knows You when you’re down and out
Pride And Joy
Queen Bee
Rock Me Baby
Route 66
Santa Baby
Since I Fell For You
The Sky Is Cryin’
Stormy Monday
Summertime
Sweet Home Chicago
T’aint Nobody’s Business
Tore Down
The Thrill Is Gone