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A time to energize but also under the surface with new music...writing, playing and behind the scenes work - hope February treats you sweet and the full moon is felt strongly yet beautifully...talk soon in here or out in the world...Back on to Winter Blast and more - thanks
A wildly cool summer - Mackinac Island’s Music Festival was fantastic. The show was on a stunningly beautiful night at the Inn at Stonecliffe, gorgeous grounds with a view of the Mackinac Bridge and a great big fun group of people and musicians –wining and dining to 2 sets each by myself, super guitarist Scott Dailey and the vibrant Audra Kubat. Thank you to Mackinac Island, Mary McGuire, Michelle Chenard, and Mark Arminski – and the Inn at Stonecliffe. The songs rang out over the Great Lakes!…and friends from Detroit and new friends on Mackinac Island x Back downstate, we just finished a great night at the Farmington Rhythmz in Riley Park and our violinist Kurt moved to Korea! With Dave Dion on bass, Bonnie Kaye and Josh Stokes on violins too, and Ron Wolf on percussion, the night was full of surprises - Special thanks to the City of Farmington-the kids were fantastic and a big crowd! Next Carolyn Striho Group show is Arts Beats and Eats in downtown Royal Oak on a big Labor Day, Monday, September 5 – 5 to 6 pm on a huge event that features us with the infamous Cult Heroes and the marvelous world/Detroit artist Amp Fiddler – between the Psychedelic Furs, Tom Tom Club and George Clinton P Funk All Stars! Come on down to Arts Beats and Eats on Labor Day Monday 5 pm at the Ford Focus Alternative Stage – by the Ferris Wheel and train tracks.. (Could MI-Fest also be in the picture?…Then we’re at Jazz at Trinity in Southgate, Michigan– a groovy charm of a show on Sunday, September 18… As a fan of church sound and architecture, this promises to be another great evening… early one, so you can still get up on Monday. thanks for the support – times are tough, Detroit is tough – and thanks to Don Was for the honor of playing the Concert of Colors' All Star Revue this summer – it was gorgeous and a great show downtown! x Carolyn 8.23.11
And we're just starting - we had fun at River Days downtown Detroit and up in Charlevoix, in northern Michigan - last night was the Ann Arbor Summer Festival Top of the Park - stellar crowd, hot steamy weather, and super audience - next week is a slot on Detroit's Concert of Colors - a moonlight summer festival inside on Don Was' All-Star Revue - in between, the wonderful Wyandotte Street Art Fair on the River - a big August and an even bigger Autumn coming up - Hope this summer finds you getting some cool breezes in the heat, some love in the air, magic in your life and all promise of the rock prayer to you! x
we're almost to spring and grateful for the Detroit Nomination Awards just announced for March this year - here they are, and shows being added now - more to come -
2011 DMAs -thank you! Outstanding Folk Artist/Group-Carolyn Striho Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Vocalist-Carolyn Striho Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Instrumentalist-Scott Dailey Outstanding Live Performance -Carolyn Striho Band Outstanding Video/Independent Budget -Carolyn Striho -"Sing It To Me" Outstanding Rock/Pop Songwriter-Carolyn Striho Outstanding Rock/Pop Vocalist -Carolyn Striho www.detroitmusicawards.net
The shows have been great this Autumn and much behind-the-scenes work with new songs, video and special guest appearances in the studio and onstage.. new album in 2011. Stellar nights in the U.P. - Upfront & Company and at John Lamb's Springfed Arts' Songwriting Staff at Harbor Springs...onto Detroit city for more shows - thank you for your support, always.
A singer-songwriter who can sing beautifully and write a hell of a good song. At her best, Striho, a known musical commodity for years in these parts, is capable of hypnotizing her listeners as if she's some kinda siren raised on bars and factories and busted hearts. She'll likely have Royal Oak eating out of the palm of her hand by the middle of her set. —BC
BEN EDMONDS - DETROIT FREE PRESS SPECIAL WRITER
The triumph of Carolyn Striho's CD "Honesty" as outstanding rock/pop recording at the 2010 Detroit Music Awards a couple months back highlights the city's current bumper crop of gifted female singer-songwriters. It is fitting that the award-one of three she won that night -went to Striho, whose roots in Motor City music run deep.
A member of early punk-era combos the Cubes and Rough Cut, she fronted the all-star ensemble Detroit Energy Asylum before embarking on a wide-ranging solo career in which she's explored punk, hard rock, pop, folk, jazz and alternative music. The delightful difficulty people have in pigeonholing Striho was underscored by another of her DMA trophies this year, a startling victory in the electronic/dance recording category for her techno remix of "Promised Land" from "Honesty." Her show at the Magic Bag on Friday (on a bill with Stewart Francke and Ken's Loud Band) will undoubtedly illustrate her live performance mantra "expect the unexpected," but the phrase is an apt description of her entire musical journey.
"Everybody has gone through so much in their lives -- and this applies to Detroit as a scene --that it can be hard to penetrate what's real and what's not. It's not just a poetic theme; it obviously also applies to politics and personal relationships. How do we get to what is real?
"Promised Land" must be an important song to Striho; she's now released three different versions of it. "That song was kind of a hallucination," she says. "It's about finding strength in the aftermath of bad things. It has a spiritual aspect, the thought that there's something on the other side of pain and loss. But it could also be a promised land of love and sex, to be blunt. People are searching for both.
"The wild-sounding first version (on her "Is This Me" EP) was influenced by P.J. Harvey. It was interesting, but we re-cut it to capture more of the peppiness of the song live. The rap was developed spontaneously onstage. Nicole Dailey" the daughter of Scott Dailey, the talented guitarist-writer who is her primary musical partner on "Honesty", "came up with a poem that complemented my poem, which was great. The techno remix caught everyone by surprise, including me."
A new techno goddess? "Yeah right," she laughs, "though people might be surprised to learn that I've always listened to and loved techno. In a crazy inspired moment, my cousin Michael threw some techno drums on 'Promised Land' and e-mailed it to me. That opened my eyes to the electronic possibilities in the song. Thank you Michael!"
Detroit women: "There are many strong female artists emerging here right now, though it's still harder for a girl. This town grinds you down, men and women alike. But because there is so much here working against you you persevere -- it gives you strength. The strong ones keep going."
Patti Smith: The poet has been a friend and mentor to Striho, even inviting her to participate in the Smith-curated 2005 Meltdown Festival in London. "She's been so good to me, and so inspirational by example," Striho says. "She's incredibly disciplined and focused in her work. I tend to be in every direction sometimes, so I'm attempting to emulate that part of her. She's a true artist, with a philosophy of life that doesn't waver."
What's next: "I'm already deep into writing for the next album. Scott Dailey will of course be involved again, and I've been working on a couple of things with Teddy Richards. I just ran into (Stooges drummer) Scott Asheton the other night, we're talking about doing something. I've written songs that are almost soundtrackian - lush and big and filmic. But I've also written some catchy pop-rock songs, so I can't tell which way it's going to go yet. It will tell me.
It's June and we're embarking on a great Magic Bag show June 18th with Stewart Francke and his super band..in Ferndale Michigan (USA); we are mixing video to be released this summer, shot partly on location in a church near Detroit-& some great festival shows this summer - a new album on the horizon and bigger news this fall 2010?
from Friday night's Detroit Music Awards...April 16,2010 - Carolyn Striho Group's "Honesty" won Outstanding CD of the year in the Rock/Pop category 2010 - A win also for Outstanding Electronica/Dance Recording for "Promised Land Techno Re-mix" (last song) on our CD and another win for Carolyn as Outstanding Acoustic-Folk Instrumentalist what an honor, and thank you to everyone for the support, always. Detroit and the world. x
Hello, the new CD is here - "Honesty" - available on CDbaby, i-tunes, amazon, here in Detroit at record stores, from us, and in Europe...Thank you for your support, i am truly honored to be getting airplay and great reviews, peace to the world.x