Denver-based songwriter offering Folk & Americana love letters, musings, and stories.


Finalist - 2022 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters Showcase  

#28 Top Artist of the Month - June 2021 Folk Radio Charts

Debut Album Out Now!

Grenadine & Kerosene

Carolyn Shulman

Carolyn Shulman's debut release, Grenadine & Kerosene, is the realization of a lifelong dream to record a full-length album of original songs. Produced by John McVey of Cinder Sound Studios in Longmont, Colorado, this collection of songs spans a wide variety of sounds and influences, ranging from rocking Americana to sweet, folky love songs
Carolyn Shulman's debut release, Grenadine & Kerosene, is the realization of a lifelong dream to record a full-length album of original songs. Produced by John McVey of Cinder Sound Studios in Longmont, Colorado, this collection of songs spans a wide variety of sounds and influences, ranging from rocking Americana to sweet, folky love songs and quiet, introspective pieces that offer the listener a window into intimate moments.

McVey and Shulman brought in a full band of seasoned musicians for this project. Among them were guitarist Michael O’Connor, drummer Christian Teele, Kramer Kelling and Chris Engleman on bass, Eric Moon on keys, fiddler Natalie Rae Padilla, Glenn Taylor on pedal steel, and Greg Schochet on mandolin. Background vocalists included fellow Colorado-based folk singer-songwriters Edie Carey, Megan Burtt, Jen Hitt, Jen Morrison, and McVey.

The album’s highlights include the title track’s classic folk-rock sounds, followed by “Double Stars,” a sweet love song using a binary star system as a relationship metaphor; a contemplative piece about changing relationships called “Let It Go,” featuring Edie Carey’s rich, emotive harmonies; a guitar-centric folk-rocker called “Matter of Time;” the powerful “Across the Borderline,” which tells the heartbreaking story of a refugee traversing the desert with her children; “I Don’t Miss You,” a raucous country send-off to an ex; and a song about physical and spiritual healing called “Broken Wing,” representing a gospel-inspired musical nod to Shulman’s southern roots.

Grenadine & Kerosene is, as its title suggests, a mixture of refined sweetness and raw emotion. Sit back and savor each distinctive note of this rich sonic experience. It is sure to entice, delight, and satisfy.
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Praise for "Grenadine & Kerosene"

A fantastic album, full of great songs and what a voice. Carolyn Shulman could read me the specials board in the local diner and I’d still pay for the privilege of hearing her do so.” - Dave Franklin

Dancing About Architecture

Grenadine & Kerosene" is an introspective musical journey that is equal parts tender as it is powerful. ...From the upbeat acoustic guitar plucking of the title track "Grenadine & Kerosene" to the more folk-rock electric guitar beat of "Matter of Time," to the southern choral organ tune of "Broken Wing", "Grenadine & Kerosene" has a song to suit any taste and a melody to satisfy any hankering.” - Jennifer Perez

Denver Patch

Carolyn Shulman’s “Grenadine & Kerosene” is the comfort song to help get you through your breakup. This heartfelt folk record is packed with relatable and beautiful lyrics, a lovely acoustic sonic palette, and sweet vocals. This song feels classic; like it belongs on the same playlist as Bonnie Raitt or Carol King. ” - Ashley Hart

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Singer-Songwriter Showcase

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Your Mom's House, 608 East 13th Avenue, Denver, CO

It's the monthly singer-songwriter showcase at Your Mom's House!

Advance Tickets: $10 Day of Show Door Price: $15

When buying advance tickets, click the purple button labeled "Enter Code" underneath the donations field, and then input Artist Access Code: SHULMAN

This month's featured showcase artists include:

Carolyn Shulman: Carolyn Shulman is a Denver-based folk & Americana singer-songwriter, guitar nerd, former lawyer, and mom. Her sound is a nod to the women of Americana who came before her, such as Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Patty Griffin. Carolyn’s lyrics are clear and deliberate, yet layered with meaning and a sense of vulnerability, while her driving guitar rhythms and detailed fingerpicking serve as scaffolding for her memorable melodies. Carolyn's debut album, Grenadine & Kerosene enjoyed 3 months on the Folk Radio Charts, and she was honored to perform as a finalist in the 2022 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriter Showcase on the main stage at Planet Bluegrass.

Carl DiFederico: Carl DiFederico is a singer/songwriter whose sound embodies the acoustic twang of Dave Mathews, spacious energy of Jeff Lynne, and silky smooth vocals reminiscent of the Eagles.Fronting original rock groups, Joon, Blue Eyed Blackbird, and Steady Feel Carl's performance is layered with raw intensity and a powerful vocal presence.

Tony Meade: A timeless brand of power-pop that draws on the past while looking to the future, with songs that stick in the brain forever

Chris Rick: Chris Rick is an acoustic-pop-rock musician from India. He’s been performing for the past seven years now and has recently started to write music of his own. He draws inspiration from musicians like Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Daughtry, etc.

Drew Dvorchak: Drew Dvorchak is a blues rock Singer, Songwriter & Guitarist who resides in Evergreen, Colorado.Currently the Singer-Songwriter frequently tours around the Colorado Front Range and Denver area, where he is recognized for his songwriting, singing and guitar playing. Dvorchak accredits his biggest influences as Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, SRV & The Beatles.

Louise, Lately: Based in Denver, Louise has been entertaining crowds all over Colorado, from Steamboat Springs to Telluride, from house shows and dive bars to stages and backyards. Heartfelt, emotive, and always accompanied by her voice, sometimes soaring to joyous highs, sometimes plummeting to gritty, angry lows, her music is an experience and an expression of life, which is, after all, what she'd like for it to be.

$10 in advance / $15 at the door

Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference (SWRFA) 2022

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Holiday Inn - Midtown Austin, 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX

Carolyn will be performing in multiple showcases at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference in Austin, Texas.

Passes for the official showcases can be purchased by the general public (i.e., anyone not attending the full conference) for $15 at the hotel at the time of the event (if an advance ticket link becomes available, this listing will be updated to include it).

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Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

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Planet Bluegrass , Lyons, Colorado

Carolyn has been selected as a finalist in the Songwriter Showcase! She will perform 2 songs in the contest on Friday, August 12 at 10:30 am on the festival main stage.

She will also perform a writers in the round set in the Wildflower Pavillion on Saturday, August 13 from 3:45 - 5:00 pm.

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