“Striho continues to share her brilliance, effortlessly moving from bluesy and jazzy to belted out rock & roll. Her latest release, Afterthought, showcases all of these styles, along with a few more that might surprise people. The musical poetry is undeniably Striho however, and she manages to pull everything together with the ease of a seasoned pro and the flair of a master illusionist. She makes her own creative path and people can’t help but follow where she leads.” — Stacey Sherman, RSP Entertainment,Music Journalist, Digital First Media & Metro Times, November, 2016
Aretha. With the most magnificent voice and the songs and power of inspiration and hope wrapped into your beautiful presence. As a child growing up in Detroit, you were here and still are. Respect and love forever. At the time I was writing and update to this original blog post, Aretha Franklin has passed away here in Detroit, While I think of those who have left the physical earth, including my own mom and dad, it can bring a sadness with the good memories. Life seems easier in the summer somehow. However, while it’s only noon, the light gives way to clouds and darkness. Aretha’s son, Teddy Richards, and I wrote and recorded a song “Lost in a Dream” several years ago together…”my tears are gone, the sun is here”..prayers.
Walking near poets who have passed before us this summer on our England tour and getting a moment on the Isle of Wight Colwell Beach, it was time to celebrate! The message continues to never give up. Life is scary and this is just reminder to love and keep on loving. And vote in November – these elections are more important than ever. Remember, people have the power.
Although it’s been a fast summer with brilliant shows here and over in England, we’re now in Michigan festivals in August and September. This weekend, the full band is back together at a new festival, Motor City Muscle Music USA near the Detroit River in downtown Detroit. Our set is Sunday, August 19 3:30 pm on the Spirit of Detroit Stage. All the shows are free and feature many local bands and national acts such as Reverend Horton Heat, Belinda Carlisle and Death, Ace Frehley (Kiss) and so much more – if you’re in Detroit, come on downtown to the heart of the city. Details at https://motorcitymuscle.us/
We also are returning Labor Day weekend to Arts Beats & Eats, Saturday night, September 1 at 6:45 pm on the Cultural/Acoustic Stage. It’s going to be a big weekend in Royal Oak, Michigan with a full band set coming up – new songs and guest violinist, Leslie DeShazor, who is also playing with Chick Corea and one of my favorites, Esperanza Spalding, at the Detroit Jazz Festival. I’ve super memories when I played at the Jazz Festival in 2009~! At Arts Beats this year, there are many great musicians, bands, arts and food, and national acts such as Ben Folds and The Spinners. http://artsbeatseats.com/
We’re bringing in music with heartfelt Detroit connections on Labor Day Monday, September 4 where we salute unions, workers and those who have fought for our rights for many years. Musically, I’ll be over at the Michigan State Fair Mega Jam with Nadir Omowale, The Brothers Groove, Laura Rain, Miz Korona and more- 1 pm https://www.michiganstatefairllc.com/
Also, a quick note: we released our latest CD in October 2016 – “Afterthought” – which was on the Grammy Awards First Ballot this year for Best Rock Album and nominated for Outstanding Rock CD of the Year in the Detroit Music Awards. We just restocked the new CD here online and in physical form, and our next recording may be on vinyl (surprises coming..)
In September, I’m back at teaching and recording. Thanks for listening to the music, downloading our songs, enjoying the videos and going to shows. Support the arts if you can. And hope you have a great Autumn of love and good dreams.
Happy Anniversary, Scott Dailey xxo Carolyn https://www.reverbnation.com/carolynstriho
My Soul is in a Hurry – I want to surround myself with people who know how to touch the hearts of others. People who learned through the hard blows of life to grow through gentle touches of the soul. Yes, I’m in a hurry, I’m in a hurry to live with the intensity that only maturity can give…” Poem by Mario de Andrade (San Paolo 1893-1945) Poet, writer, essayist and musicologist. One of the founders of Brazilian Modernism. x
“Love the colour of your heartfelt voice, lovely intro on ‘Cornered Room’ great song! ‘Let It Go’ another favourite of mine, nice rapping, and love the gypsy feel on ‘Russian Inn’ beautiful violinist. Stunning album, love it”Wouter Kellerman
Striho continues to share her brilliance, effortlessly moving from bluesy and jazzy to belted out rock & roll. Her latest release, Afterthought, showcases all of these styles, along with a few more that might surprise people. The musical poetry is undeniably Striho however, and she manages to pull everything together with the ease of a seasoned pro and the flair of a master illusionist. She makes her own creative path and people can’t help but follow where she leads…Stacey Sherman
A lifelong Detroiter, Carolyn was the lead singer/songwriter and keyboardist of the early art/punk/jazz era combos the Cubes and Rough Cut. She then fronted her all-star ensemble Detroit Energy Asylum before embarking on a wide-ranging solo career in which she’s explored rock, pop, folk, jazz, punk rock, cabaret and alternative music. The delightful difficulty people have in pigeonholing Striho was underscored in one of Carolyn’s Detroit Music Award trophies in 2010, a startling victory for her techno remix of “Promised Land” from her Outstanding CD of the Year in Rock/Pop, “Honesty.”Ben Edmonds
“Carolyn is a poetic songwriter who plays piano (sometimes with the heel of her boot) and acoustic guitar (with her fingers) while singing in a style that might be jazzy, bluesy, torch-y, fiery or any combination of the above…strutting and growling and singing a version of “Downtown” that would have made Petula Clark feel like tourist, she’s worth tracking down!”Neal Rubin
“Carolyn Striho is a singer/songwriter with a vibrant voice, passion and energy. Carolyn’s a very respected Detroit songwriter and amazing live performer. She’s been on tour and in the studio with Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Luis Resto (Eminem) and David McMurray (Johnny Hallyday/Kid Rock). She’s a truly exciting artist!”GoGirls Music
“Afterthought moves through a host of musical moods, from the moodier, darker vibe of the opening title track to exotic gypsy-rock feel of “Russian Inn” to the lively, driving sound of “Love Won’t Stay Close” which you can hear exclusively for now in this Freep First Spin debut.”Brian McCollum
Regarded as one of the city’s best singer/songwriters, Carolyn Striho made her name fronting the dynamic Detroit Energy Asylum and her work with Patti Smith. And in the last couple dozen years as a solo performer, Carolyn has gained a strong reputation for charismatic, high-energy stage performances with her songs, vocals, guitar and keyboards. Wildly original, melodic and passionate, Striho’s music has been described as being written from the silver edge of midnight.