Carolyn Dolan has been entertaining audiences for over twenty-five years.
Her ability to cross over many genres has made her very versatile and in demand as a professional singer, harmonica player, and performer. She has a gift of combing her passion of American roots music (jazz, blues, country) in her vocal style, matched by soulful harmonica licks that accompanies her on stage.
She can dive into powerful R & B, deliver a smooth jazz standard or a gentle country ballad. As a vocalist and harmonica player, her career has landed her opening for Bruce Springsteen’s sax player, Clarence Clemens; singing along side country singer, Colin Ray; backing up the Gatlin Brothers, and playing for the Western Swing Society for many years with many of Bob Will’s musicians. Last year on Oct. 4th, 2015 Carolyn 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 has made a music career leading folk and rock n roll bands, eventually creating her original Western Swing, Rockabilly and Bluegrass band, The Outpsyders. They released two CD’s during the 1990’s and was voted Best of Tahoe Country Band in 1995 and 1996. Carolyn was also voted Best of Tahoe Female singer in 1995. After twelve years leading and managing the group, it was time for Carolyn to dive deeper into blues and jazz.
For the last fifteen years, she has been performing with her rockin’ blues and R & B band, Carolyn Dolan and Big Red and simultaneously singing heavy jazz standards; all the while developing her unique harmonica style. 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.
With almost thirty years behind her, she has also contributed to the music community teaching young children music programs as well. As an early childhood educator, Carolyn has been teaching toddler, preschool and early elementary music programs throughout the South Lake Tahoe school district for over fifteen years. She will continue her quest to bring music eduction into the lives of young children whom for many, have never been exposed to music in their home environment. She is passionate about music and wants to share it with youth so they may explore opportunities like she has had performing, recording and teaching.