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Sounds Like: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Etta James, Donny Hathaway (1945-1979), Katie Webster
Manager: Karen Carroll/Ronald Templin Jr
Bio: Karen Carroll, singer, songwriter, musician, Chicago native, started singing in church at age 6. She was taught singing theory by master Robert Allen and Nate Griffin was her vocal coach. Karen worked with Lonnie Brooks, Albert King and The Freeman Bros very early in her career. It goes without s...See Full Bio
“At the main-stage Petrillo Band Shell, an interesting experiment was slowly setting up on stage. Lurrie Bell and Karen Carroll on stage in a set that seemed almost operatic in tone. The first part of the set featured Bell, one of my favorite guitarists of all, ripping compact, crunchy solos in front of a full horn section, and I was reminded that there are a few third-generation Chicago bluesmen ready to move into the space left by departing giants (more on that later). Once Bell stepped back, Karen Carroll, a second-generation vocalist herself (her mother Jeanne Carroll was a storied jazz singer) sat down in front of this pickup “orchestra”, picked up an acoustic guitar, and starting belting out songs like a combination of Ma Rainey and Memphis Minnie. It was a surprisingly good set, and made me re-think the opinion I’d formed of Love by watching sets at the touristy Mines.”