Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez

 New Haven, Connecticut, USA
BandBluesAdult Contemporary

The long-time Saturday Night Live Band singer with a culty following. An outrageous performer. Elmore Magazine says: "Astounds any live audience lucky enough to be in her presence." With 6 CDs and non-stop touring schedule, she's also a gifted musicologist, radio personality, writer and editor.

Biography

(SEE VIDEOS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE)

This queen of blue-eyed rock n' soul grew up loving equally the sweetness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff, whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, or Pop Staples. Teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back, picking up a guitar and forging a career as a songwriter and critically-acclaimed vocalist in the process.

Known as "The Beehive Queen" for her outrageous, mile-high hairdo, Christine is the current, long-time singer with NBC's Saturday Night Live Band, whose latest with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, "The Deep End", honored on 5 national 2010 end-of-year Top Ten lists, features special guests/duet partners Ian Hunter, Dion DiMucci, and Marshall Crenshaw, plus Levon Helm, GE Smith, Andy York, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Catherine Russell, Big Al Anderson and others.

Ohlman is a guest artist of choice, appearing at the 2012 Carnegie Hall Tribute to the Rolling Stones, the 2012 Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Concert (HBO) and as both a co-headlner and the the special guest of the Blind Boys of Alabama at the 2012 WC Handy Festival in Muscle Shoals, Alabama (she returns in 2013). Previous guest credits include at SNL’s 25th Anniversary telecast, Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary bash at The Garden (with George Harrison, Chrissie Hynde, and others), two 2011 "Evenings of Duets" with Mac Rebennack, The Lincoln Center “American Songbook” series with Sting and Lou Reed, and the Central Park Summerstage Tribute To Janis Joplin (fronting both Big Brother & The Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues Band). She appears on Grammy nominees A Tribute To Howlin' Wolf (with Taj Mahal and Lucinda Williams) and Charlie Musselwhite’s One Night In America (with Marty Stuart); sings the theme song for NBC’s 30 Rock; duets live whenever possible with the aforementioned Miss Spector, as she had with the late blues legends Eddie Kirkland and Hubert Sumlin; collaborated on critically-acclaimed tracks with Ian Hunter (his latest, "When I'm President" and 2007's "Shrunken Heads") Marshall Crenshaw (Labour Of Love: The Music of Nick Lowe), Big Al Anderson (Pawn Shop Guitars), and legendary Rolling Stones Producer Andrew Loog Oldham (the upcoming 2013 historic second volume of his "ALO Orchestra").

She's also a musicologist of note, editing Oldham’s autobiography 2Stoned and penning cover stories for Elmore Magazine, and has worked with Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder & others on the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Awards--all the while continuing to torch clubs up and down the Eastern Seaboard in support of her recordings (Strip, The Hard Way, Radio Queen, Wicked Time, 2008 career retrospective Re-Hive, The Deep End, and 2011 concert DVD "Live Hive") with her band Rebel Montez (Michael Colbath-bass; Cliff Goodwin-guitar; Larry Donahue-drums). "I've come here tonight to set your souls on fire," she'll tell an audience. And she will.

Highlighted Performances (complete touring schedule available at www.reverbnation.com/christineohlman) :
2012 Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Concert (HBO)

2012 Carnegie Hall Tribute To The Rolling Stones

2012 WC Handy Festival, Muscle Shoals AL-special guest of The Blind Boys of Alabama , headliner concert with Christine Ohlman & The Decoys. 2011 appearance with Bonnie Bramlett

2011 "Evenings Of Duets" with Mac Rebennack

2013 Obama Inaugural Gala, Washington, DC

2010 Lincoln Center, "American Songbook" Series

Year Of The Blues 60th year Tribute To Janis Joplin / Central Park Summerstage, fronting both Big Brother & The Holding Co. and The Kozmic Blues Band

Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert - Madison Square Garden

Celebrate Brooklyn Tribute to Bill Withers (with Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Nona Hendryx and others)

Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards

National Music Foundation / Billboard Magazine 100th Anniversary

Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary telecast

Discography

Live Hive (HMG 2027) 2011- Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez's first Concert DVD with special guests Andy York (John Mellencamp) and gospel singers The Sin Sisters

The Deep End (HMG 2010) 2010 - w/ duet performances by Ian Hunter, Dion, Marshall Crenshaw and guest appearances by Levon Helm, G.E. Smith, Andy York, Big Al Anderson, Eric "Roscoe "Ambel, Catherine Russell and others

Re-Hive (HMG 1189) 2008 -Career Compilation with rare outtakes, alternate takes and unreleased cuts

Strip - HMG Records (HMG 1177) 2003

Wicked Time – HMG Records (HMG 1176) 2000

Radio Queen - HMG Records (HMG 1178) 1997 [live radio broadcast]

The Hard Way - HMG Records (HMG 1175) 1995 (original release Deluge Records/Deluge 3011)

LP: The Scratch Band - (Big Sound USA - Decca worldwide)

LP: Rescue - (Big Sound - USA)

LP: Bionic Gold - (USA) / Big Sound For A Small Planet (UK)

CD: G.E. Smith & Saturday Night Live Band - (Liberty Records) Get A Little

Recording Guest Shots

ALO Orchestra (Andrew Loog Oldham) (Universal/Feb. 2013) Ohlman will appear with a host of British and American stars in paying tribute to the music of The Rolling Stones

Ian Hunter - When I'm President (SlimStyle/2012) , Shrunken Heads (Yep Roc/2007).

Big Al Anderson - Pawn Shop Guitars (2007) With the cream of Nashville's session players, Christine guests on the legendary NRBQ guitarist's latest.

Black 47 - Bankers and Gangsters (2011) and New York Town (2004) Christine duets with Larry Kirwan on "Blood Wedding", 2004. Other guests include Rosanne Cash, David Johanssen

CD: Donovan- Cosmic Wheels/Essence To Essence- This double-reissue includes the 1974 Andrew Loog Oldham-produced Essence To Essence, and featuring guest shots by Peter Frampton, Steve Marriott and Carole King.

Van Duren - Idiot Optimism - (Lucky Seven 9218) (2003) Historic first issue of the 1977 Trod Nossel sessions, never released on vinyl

Charlie Musselwhite - One Night In America - (Telarc CD-83547) guest vocalist, along with Robben Ford, Marty Stuart, Kelly Willis (2002 Grammy Nominee).

A Tribute to Howlin' Wolf - (Telarc 83427) - With Taj Mahal, Lucinda Williams, Ronnie Hawkins, James Cotton, Cub Koda & others (1998 Grammy Nominee).

Labour Of Love: The Music of Nick Lowe - (Telarc CD- 83538) (September, 2001) duet recording of "Cruel To Be Kind" with Marshall Crenshaw - also includes tracks by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Dar Williams.

Exile On Blues Street - (Telarc 83571) (2003) Christine is backed by Double Trouble, joining Tab Benoit, Lucky Peterson, Deborah Coleman and others on this tribute to the Stones' classic 1972 LP Exile On Main Street

Eddie Kirkland - Where You Get Your Sugar [duet vocal "Our Love So Beautiful"] (Deluge 3012)

Eddie Kirkland - Lonely Street [duet vocals & acoustic guitar] (Telarc 83424)

Kenny Neal - Blues Fallin' Down Like Rain (Telarc 83435)

The Songs Of Willie Dixon (with Sonny Landreth, John Ellison, Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, Ronnie Earl & others) (Telarc 83452)

Set List

The typical festival set of 60-90 minutes played by this quartet (2 guitars, bass, drums) includes, in the main, originals from Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez's six CDs. Covers like Bob Dylan's "Crash On The Levee, " which appears on her CD "The Hard Way," might also be included, together with a taste of Chicago blues played in the rootsy, guitar-driven style that SIRIUS/XM's Dave Marsh calls "Contemporary Rock R&B."