August summer music love

Hot summer nights, just back from Europe…grateful! And I’m putting together the next shows here in Detroit, northern Michigan and a festival return to England next year – finishing touches on the first poetry book finally! Really! Been working on the Detroit Rock and Roll Girl book, too, and a new video soon. After a great visit with fellow musicians at Detroit’s Concert of Colors – a super festival we were honored to perform with Don Was several times – we’ve got gigs coming up at a return private party at 20 Front Street in Lake Orion, a gypsy acoustic performance at Arts Beats & Eats (Royal Oak, Michigan), the Earthwork Harvest Festival in September in Lake City, Michigan, Loving Touch in Ferndale, Michigan in October for Bands Together Against Cancer and some other cool upcoming festival gigs, including Detroit’s Garden Theatre – in the meantime, enjoy our latest Detroit Music Award nominated CD “Afterthought,” detailed news shortly! Love and peace xo   And more at

June in Michigan…

Great summer coming up and hope to finish Poetry/Lyric Book 1 and some of my memoir Detroit musician book, too -we also have some shows coming up in England and several festivals here in Michigan later in the summer into September. New video creation/filming’s coming soon and we’re working on film music, too. It’s been an honor to receive nominations again this year in the Detroit Music Awards with many to thank, including my husband/guitarist Scott Dailey, our great band – Ron Wolf, Dave Dion and Bonnie Kaye & terrific guests on my nominated album “Afterthought” Barbara Payton, Thornetta Davis, Khary Frazier, Johnny Evans, Erin Zindle, Vinnie Dombrowski, Joey Mazzola, Darrell “Peanut” Smith and more – “Afterthought” has been described as “an ethereal, vibrant, fiery listening treat you can’t miss!” by Inner Door Music. Thanks again and keep healthy, remember People Have the Power 🙂


Carolyn xo  ( (with new Bandcamp updates coming soon)

April I am bringing flowers…


Back home from a road trip to Negril, Jamaica, a kindness music sun ocean splash after wicked winter bronchitis! But coming off the fantastic Detroit shows at P.J’s Lager House, Rock 900 Comcast and PBS’ Metro Arts taping, I’m excited to announce a big night at a gorgeous new venue – Barbara Payton, Carolyn Striho and Mary McGuire join up for a tour de force of live music night together at 20 Front Street – an excellent new place that cares about music and its musicians, too – and fans and friends! It’s the next show in my CD Release year and we’re grateful for support for “Afterthought,” and excited to be joining fantastic Barbara Payton and the marvelous Mary McGuire as we join forces with melody, rock and roll, fierce blend making this a not-to-miss show Friday, April 28th in Lake Orion, Michigan – early show, and hope to see you if you’re in southeast Michigan.

Detroit Unplugged

And just announced, I’m happy to be included in the final nominations for the 2017 Detroit Music Awards! After so many decades of making music, it’s great to be honored once more this year with my super talented guitarist/comrade Scott Dailey, too, and our great band:

  • Carolyn Striho – Outstanding Rock Recording – “Afterthought”
  • Carolyn Striho – Outstanding Americana Instrumentalist
  • Carolyn Striho – Outstanding Rock/Pop Artist/Group
  • Scott Dailey   – Outstanding Americana Recording – “Holiday”
  • Khary Frazier, Scott Dailey and Carolyn Striho – Outstanding Rap Recording – “Free”

So while I couldn’t be on the 2017 ballot for Outstanding Songwriter because I have won the Songwriting Award for Rock in 2015 and 2016, I’m thrilled and excited that my newest album “Afterthought” and Scott’s newest EP “Holiday” are nominated, and with “Free” for rap performance together with Khary Frazier. Our violinist Bonnie Kaye also received a nomination in the Classical category.

For a new month, so many stars on the wind full moon, nights writing, days teaching, bringing in some well-deserved songs that are being re-released and finally released, both. Some of the songs we are pulling back together on live shows are going to be very different and unusual. Some of the music veers towards a jazz, soulful bent, with classical gypsy keyboard and guitar with cello and violin. It’s about time these possible gems are pulled out from long winter ghosts. The weird thing about all this is new music moving in space, mad love/madness of these recent years bringing things new

So! Thanks for listening; details coming on summer shows in Wisconsin and Illinois, a show at the great Otus Supply in Ferndale, Michigan, a possible return to England, on the road to my new book and more new music, sending cheers to all who create music, art, community and spirit, always to good health, too. Thank you xo

Love, Happy Easter and Happy Passover,





March winds and April showers …

NEWS – March Winds Detroit – The new CD is going strong -released in October 2016, “Afterthought” has received nice airplay and great reviews – thanks to all who supported “Afterthought.” Available worldwide via ITunes, CDBaby, Amazon, local Detroit Metro stores, through Inner Door Music and me – quick links at and  

Another new show is an acoustic/electric high energy night of live music on Saturday night March 18 2017- at P.J’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit MI (Corktown) (313) 961-4668 – we’re celebrating UNICEF and live music from England and the U.S. on vinyl!  The show features Carolyn Striho, Jill Jack and Mary McGuire, with Chicago DJ Anomaly (Erik McHenry Brown) coming to PJ’s Lager House Saturday night March 18th.

Distributed by London based Rough Trade Records, HX Records’ Live for Unicef is a vinyl compilation featuring acts from the US and UK donating tracks recorded at live shows. This record features American performers The Black Tabs, Carolyn Striho, Antoine Poncelet, GivensixI, Jill Jack, Lit Lizard, Velveteen Rabbit, and The Speakeasys plus tracks from the UK based artists The Wolfhounds, Vertical Hold, Yellow6 and Lazibyrd.

The book is coming along, too, and there are more dates and events later in the Midwest and possibly back to England in July. And our Detroit Patti Smith show was fantastic last week!  In the meantime, also coming up is the PBS special we’re excited to be a part of with MetroArts Detroit with a broadcast date soon. And I’m performing at a very special acoustic show at 20 Front Street, Lake Orion, MI- details soon on this powerhouse female music night




Memories..2016 – Welcome, 2017!

carolynbonnieronbandWhat a year…2016…shocking to lose David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones, so many others, …then there was the election – but we got back in the studio to finish the album with the band and very special guests.  I won my 11th Detroit Music Award, too. In 2016, I received Outstanding Songwriter of the Year – Rock – for the 2nd straight year. It was an honor to receive a new award!

The new album “Afterthought” is doing well and I’ve had to reorder CDs for the New Year.  You can order online at CDBaby, ITunes, and Amazon, or if you are local, there are CDs at fine Metro Detroit Music Record stores or email me – we just received a new shipment.  And my husband/guitarist Scott Dailey’s new single/EP “Holiday/Indonesia” is also available now.  Check the online sites and local stores, too!

With shows at Detroit’s River Days, Ann Arbor Art Fair, Arts Beats & Eats opening for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Callahan’s Music Hall, Stray Cat, Bands Together Against Cancer and much more, it turned out to be a great music year – and the Playa Del Carmen, Mexico trip for songwriting circle, too, was beautiful.

Also, I was the subject of a Detroit Free Press feature article for my new “Afterthought” album, and honored to be back on WDET-FM’s Ann Delisi’s Essential Music for a great interview. Talking with Don Was and Iggy again at the Majestic Theatre, being a part of the Fillmore Theatre Detroit Music Awards show and more airplay in outstate Michigan through the Midwest and into Europe again, I’m grateful to be finally back to working on the book and busy teaching teenagers. And we’re getting ready for 2017 – a big set of challenges but happy to be making music. And a new album is back in the works already…

Love and peace, may you have good health & joy.

xo Carolyn, Scott, and the Carolyn Striho Group

 “Eclectic and avant-garde! “Afterthought” makes a bold and original statement from Carolyn as an artist, and why she has carved out a strong musical identity and loyal following!” Northstar Media, Detroit/Los Angeles, December 2016   Carolyn_and_Scott_cool_northern_lights_1251941373

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The new CD “Afterthought” is here – peace & love

afterthought-front-white-1It’s November here in Detroit and we’re coming to terms with the huge election. But we’ve got the brand new album/CD “Afterthought.” So excited to share it with you!  We had a super CD Release Party and are on our way to working out another European tour for next year. In the meantime, I’ve been honored with a great write up in the Detroit Free Press by Brian McCollum with a First Listen of the track “Love Won’t Stay Close,” and will be appearing on NPR Radio with WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit on Ann Delisi’s Essential Music, Sunday, November 20th. With many requests for the new CD, I’ve been busy mailing! And I had a great time as a guest at the Don Was/Iggy Pop Grammy Foundation show at the Detroit’s Majestic Theatre last month. We also have a brand new date just announced here in Metro Detroit. The show is Friday night, December 2nd at the Stray Cat Lounge, just north of Detroit in Clinton Township. Details over at And we’re celebrating the release of Scott Dailey’s single, “Holiday” – you’ve got to hear it!  Remember that you can buy the CDs right now on, I Tunes and Amazon; it is also available at my upcoming Web Store – to be added here next month – and also, please feel free to write me personally and I will get you a brand new CD. So Small Business Saturday is coming up Thanksgiving weekend -please consider buying a new CD or downloading fresh new music for holiday purchases. I’m back to working on my book -hurray! – which hopes to be ready soon – and some exciting new work for overseas next summer xo.  Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for the support 🙂

“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, Detroit Free Press Music Editor, October, 2016.