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... more
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.less