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Carolyn Dolan & Big Red
February 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 6:00 pm, repeating until February 28, 2019
Carolyn Dolan and Big Red appear at Feb. 26-28 in the Carson Valley Inn’s Cabaret Lounge. The versatile South Shore rock-blues-jazz band includes Dolan (vocals and harp), Mick Clarke (guitar), Charlie Schofield (bass), Ron Savage (keyboards) and Steve Self (drums).
A versatile and talented band, Big Red can play any style of music, but often leans heavily on funk and blues-based rock and roll.
Clarke and Dolan have played together since 1989 when they were in the Western swing and rockabilly band the Outpsyders. In fact, Dolan last summer was honored for her vocal and harmonica work with that band when she was named to the Western Swing Hall of Fame in Sacramento, her native town.
South Lake Tahoe-based Big Red was formed a decade later, the title given for two red-headed band members. However, the moniker is sometimes mistaken for Clarke’s fiery red Gibson 335 guitar.
Clarke, a North London native, was a late arrival from the British Invasion who became stranded and remained in the United States. He played with the Roy Young Band and befriended Jeff Beck, using the latter’s famed Les Paul during a recording session. Clarke came to the U.S. to tour with Hudson Ford (John Ford and Richard Hudson), an offshoot of the Strawbs. Hudson Ford was going to open for the Strawbs, but the tour was canceled, leaving Clarke in Los Angeles.
Clarke teamed with another British ex-pat Long John Baldry, the famed bluesman who had settled in Canada. He landed at Lake Tahoe in 1978 and he and his wife had a child in 1985 when Clarke started his business Signs of Tahoe.