"Night House" is Caroline's second CD and it has 14 instrumental songs featuring her extraordinary piano playing. Twelve of the songs are her original compositions and all are in the American roots styles of boogie-woogie, blues, jazz and country swing. One reviewer has said about "Night House" --"Caroline's impulsive beats and relentless rhythms drive her sound into near-frenzy. Totally original, but far from being over-stated, she pumps out the songs in a way that would make Jerry Lee Lewis beg for mercy."
"Night House" has a couple of songs showcasing Caroline's solo piano, while the duets, trios and quartets feature the outstanding San Francisco Bay-area musicians Bowen Brown and Kent Bryson on drums, Tim Wagar on bass, Tom Rigney on violin, and Rob Sudduth on tenor sax.
This self-taught master pianist of American indigenous piano styles is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, where she played with the Metropolitan Blues All Stars (June Appal Records, Taxim Records). San Francisco has been her home for over 30 years, where she currently performs solo around the Bay area and with Tom Rigney & Flambeau.
Caroline shared top billing with other boogie woogie piano players in 2009 at the International Boogie Woogie Festival in Lugano, Switzerland; in 2008 at the Festival de Blues in Barcelona, Spain; in 2006 at the Boogie Woogie Piano Festival in Vierreres du Buisson, and in 2005 at the Festival in Villebon sur Yvette (both Festivals near Paris); in 2004, the Brussels Boogie Woogie Piano Summit in Belgium; in 2003, the Motor City Boogie Woogie & Blues Festival in Detroit; and in 2002, the Queen City Blues Festival in Cincinnati, the New Liberace Museum opening reception in Las Vegas, and Les Nuits Jazz & Boogie Piano Festival in Paris.
She's also an award-winning fabric artist, whose work has been published and exhibited internationally. The "Night House" cover and album notes page feature two of her embroidered artworks.
On "No Hats," Caroline's debut release, she is featured on acoustic grand piano and accordion with no other accompaniment than trap drums featuring the best of San Francisco Bay Area expert sticksmen: Jimmy Sanchez (Roy Rogers, Boz Skaggs, Rhythmtown-Jive), Kent Bryson (Johnny Nocturne Band), John Hanes (Pearl Harbor & The Explosions, Paris Slim), and Bowen Brown (Swing Session, Indigo Swing, John Lee Hooker).
With 11 of the 12 tracks being original compositions, "No Hats" showcases Caroline's virtuoso piano playing boogie-woogie, blues, vintage rhythm & blues, and country swing. (The CD cover and other parts of "No Hats" also feature several pieces of her embroidery.)
If you want to hear some extraordiany piano pieces in the tradition of American roots, with a pure sound of just piano and drums, then this is the disc for you!