There is a lot of unrest with the Supreme Court wanting to take control of women’s health and privacy. This is very bad news. And the war in Ukraine continues. With prayers for peace, love, equal rights and hope, we remain strong. Later into summer, we have some more shows planned that are quite awesome – more details soon! And with a touch of love and spring, many thanks for supporting live music, we’re looking forward to a great big summer hopefully of love and peace.
Happy Spring! April is National Poetry Month, Record Store Day and Independent Bookstore Month and we’re celebrating all 3! It’s also Earth Day! Our next show is a return to The Congregation in Detroit on Saturday, April 23rd from 6 to 7:30 pm where we’ll perform a duo set of music and poetry. And we have special vinyl and the book, and some surprises. https://thecongregationdetroit.comThen we’re back with our full band and The Orbitsuns on Saturday night, May 14, 2022 at The Cadieux Cafe. http://www.cadieuxcafe.com. It’s sure an honor to be playing music after decades and grateful to be out there again. There are some big wow shows coming up this summer while we continue to record the new album and much more coming soon. Stay tuned, and love to Spring, everywhere. And please – no more war!
Into Spring and beyond, we’ll be performing with the full band at The Cadieux Café in Detroit, 20 Front Street in Lake Orion, several music festivals in the Detroit area/Northern Michigan area, a possible return overseas to the U.K. – and more surprises with shows and traveling!
Thanks so much for the nominations in the 2022 Detroit Music Awards. Our band, The Carolyn Striho Group, is nominated for Outstanding Rock/Pop Artist/Group. I am nominated for Outstanding Songwriter and Outstanding Keyboardist, and Scott Dailey is nominated for Outstanding Guitarist. It’s an honor! https://www.detroitmusicawards.net/2022-nominees
Also, thanks for the big support for “Detroit (Maiden Energy)” which was on the First Ballot of the Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album 2022. https://recordingacademy.com/news We are praying for the people of Ukraine. Love, peace and hope remains. x Carolyn Striho
Happy Winter! We’ve been invited to do several shows this year at fantastic venues.And I haven’t written in some time for my blog. There has been energy moving this year for recording, teaching and bigger optimism suddenly. With very cold weather and some bigger snow in February, March could be cold but bringing it on to Spring. It has not been easy these past 2 years and we have all been through quite a bit of traumatic times, but also good times. I’m not losing sight to be grateful, but sometimes I wonder! To keep going is the main thing x
And further down the road into May, June and July and beyond, we’ll be performing at The Cadieux Café in Detroit, 20 Front Street in Lake Orion, several music festivals in the Detroit area/Northern Michigan area and a possible return overseas to the U.K. – and possibly some April surprises with shows and traveling!
Thanks so much for the submissions in this year’s Detroit Music Awards. Scott Dailey is up for Outstanding Guitarist and the Carolyn Striho Group is up for Outstanding Live Act. I’m happy to be considered for Outstanding Songwriter, Vocalist, Keyboardist and Artist. https://www.detroitmusicawards.net/categories-for-2022
It’s been one tough year again, but I’m really grateful today for our gigs and music this year. I’m also grateful for the Grammy Awards First Ballot nomination for my audiobook “Detroit (Maiden Energy”) for Best Spoken Word Album 2022. I’ve met so many singers, musicians and authors, and we did travel a bit for the book, too. And I am excited to be back on recording a new album with my husband and guitarist/songwriter Scott Dailey.
We lost some incredible people this year however, including my friend and promoter Pete Holden in the U.K. at the Isle of Wight Rhythmtree Festival. Rest In Peace, Pete.
2022 will bring some new music releases and also, from the way back catalogue of goodies!
So here’s to a better year, and for more compassion, peace and good health,
“Detroit (Maiden Energy)” is included the 2022 Best Spoken Word Album in the 64th annual Grammy Awards (R) first round of voting. ”Detroit Maiden Energy” is written and narrated by me, with a big thank you to my publisher Heather Buchanan and Aquarius Press who encouraged me to do the audiobook, to my wonderful husband/guitarist, Scott Dailey, who engineered, listened and provided the photos, and Jim Kissling who did the mastering at Tempermill studios. Please take a listen on Spotify, I Tunes or Soundcloud, and thank you For Your Consideration in the 64th Annual Grammy Awards for 2022.
I have spent years living in the City of Detroit, from my birth to my teen years, then back again for many decades. I wanted to put in some of my rock and roll life into a sort of memoir, and this seemed the best way right now through some of my lyrics and poetry, until I can sit down and completely work on the memoir. It is started, but in a Detroit rock and roll world of a Detroit musician through my many decades, there is a lot to tell. What about those times? What made them so wildly crazy and “outside of society” as Patti Smith said?
Well, first of all, I hope you do enjoy some of the lyrics and poetry from this first Volume. Without giving too much away, some of the stories and enounters I had in the City, through Michigan and the world, gave rise to the titles “Maiden Energy” and “Detroit Street Princess,” both. It was never an easy time – still isn’t – for a singer/songwriter and sensitive musician and performer to create a fiery stage each and every time. But that what was in my heart and it still is. “City Lights Music” gives hints, but maybe later, sit a spell to listen about the people I met and the onstage and backstage night stories…the shadows of a distant heart speaking to me to start.
Thank you, humbly, to all my influences, family and friends,, Freddie Brooks, my music family and my dear husband, Scott Dailey. xx
Love,the girl from Detroit(said Clive Davis on a NYC street!)
“One of Striho’s most exquisite Detroit (Maiden Energy) pieces includes “Midnight Stars,” a haunting reflection of moving between life’s brightest and darkest moments while accepting the uncertainty of the road ahead. Striho beautifully recites, “Living in two when bright lights hurt/Bright sun blurts out a ribbon of resentment/I feel like I’ve got to run and get something to drink/Only not water/To shut down the sun that’s only good in the summer.” Lori Barnard Stratton, Current Magazine, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2020” https://www.ecurrent.com/music/carolyn-striho-new-audiobook/
“I truly adore this book…” Buchanan says. “It contains the heart and soul of a songwriter, a Detroiter through and through, who experienced the ebb and flow of life in this great city. Carolyn has seen a lot and been through a lot, but her spirit soars.” Buchanan describes Detroit (Maiden Energy) as “a poetic memoir set to music. It’s rock, it’s soul, it’s gypsy, Irish, Middle Eastern, French Canadian. It represents just about every cultural flourish imprinted upon this city. Every verse, whether it’s a song lyric or not, is musical.” Heather Buchanan, Aquarius Press Detroit – Publisher
“Detroit (Maiden Energy): Street Princess Poems & Lyrics, published in October by Detroit-based Aquarius Press, is a collection of singer-guitarist-pianist-songwriter Striho’s original lyrics and haunting personal introspections, amassed over decades of challenging and captivating audiences here and overseas. Striho remains an aggressive, melodic, wildly sensual force of nature in concert!” Jim McFarlin, Hour Detroit and Metro Times
“In her song lyrics and poetry, Carolyn Striho opens up her heart and her head, blending emotion and psyche into a brave and provocative look into herself and the world around her. Whether it’s direct or abstract, you get engrossed in her words without even thinking about it, taking the trip willingly and coming out the other side all the better for it.” –Gary Graff, Billboard/New York Times Syndicate
“Carolyn Striho is the personification of Detroit Rock energy, charisma, beauty and talent. On stage, she is a force of nature, but this collection of her poems and lyrics allows us to experience this dynamic artist in a more intimate and personal way. Carolyn Striho is long overdue for a book just like this!” —Ann Delisi, Host, Ann Delisi Essential Music, NPR Radio – WDET-FM