Carolyn Dolan has been leading Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and Funk bands for over two decades. She has been entertaining audiences for over thirty years with her soulful blues voice accompanied by the blues harmonica which is always by her side ready to deliver!
She can dive into powerful R&B tunes, deliver a smooth jazz standard, or embrace a gentle country ballad. Her country roots run so deep that on October 24, 2015 Carolyn Dolan was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame for her dedication and commitment to the preservation, promotion, and perpetuation of Western Swing Music.
Currently, her band Big Red is a Rockin’ Soulful Blues and R&B group that fully devotes itself to playing raw, classic blues mixed with funk and R&B rhythms. She shares the stage with her guitarist for over twenty years, Mick Clarke from London, England, who plays the “Big Red” Gibson 335 like it’s meant to be heard! He is truly on of the great English Blues purists to come out of the early English Blues/Rock scene in the late 60’s; playing with Long John Baldrey and Chuck Berry to name a few. Together with funk keyboardist Ron Savage, and the solid Steve Self on drums, forms the powerful and uncompromising rhythm section for this Rockin’ down- to-earth Big Red Band. The band will be joined by a saxophonist.
In 2015, Carolyn released her debut crossover jazz album, How Deep is the Ocean with members of the Reno Jazz Orchestra and pianist, Peter Supersano. In 2015 she was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame in Sacramento, California, for her dedication and commitment to the preservation, promotion and outstanding musical contribution to Western Swing Music.
Carolyn’s website is at www.carolyndolan.com/home.html.
Click HERE for video of Carolyn Dolan and Big Red at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at Lake Tahoe in 2015. Members of the band in this video are Carolyn Dolan – Vocals, Mick Clarke – Guitars, Charlie Schofield – Bass, Steve Self – Drums & Ron Savage – Keyboards.
Note: The movie “West Side Story” will be shown on the Minnesota Street Stage at sunset (about 8:20 p.m.), following Carolyn Dolan’s performance. Bring your own chairs and blankets and enjoy this free movie, presented by the Carson City Classic Cinema Club. This showing is sponsored by local realtor, Garrett Lepire.
Carolyn will also be performing for the Third St. Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019.