Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
379 Main St, Beacon, NY, 12508
Queen of blue-eyed rock 'n? soul Christine Ohlman 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. She 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 in the process.
Ohlman is the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band. Her latest CD, ?The Deep End,? was honored on five national Top 10 lists and 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 topped theAlternateRoot.com?s Readers? Poll as top Americana vocalist, joining other winners Paul Thorn, The Mavericks and Rodney Crowell.
In 2017, Ohlman was inducted into the National Blues Hall of Fame of American Heritage International. 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?; worked on a musical with the late Cy Coleman (who compared her sense of timing to Peggy Lee?s); duets live with friends like the aforementioned Miss Spector, Mac Rebennack (two private evening of duets she calls ?absolute highlights?), Americana stalwart Paul Thorn, Bonnie Bramlett (who has become a longtime friend), Muscle Shoals legends Donnie Fritts and John Paul White of the Civil Wars, and New Orleans mainstays The Subdudes; worked often with the late blues giants Hubert Sumlin and Eddie Kirkland; collaborated on critically-acclaimed tracks with Marshall Crenshaw (?Labour Of Love: The Music of Nick Lowe?), Big Al Anderson (?Pawn Shop Guitars?) and Ian Hunter (?When I?m President? and ?Shrunken Heads?); edited legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham?s autobiography ?2Stoned? and appears also on Oldham?s historic 2013 release ?Andrew Loog Oldham and Friends Sing The Rolling Stones Songbook Vol. 2.?
A musicologist of note, Ohlman is a cover-story-writing contributor to Elmore Magazine, and worked with Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder and others on the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Awards.
Ohlman tours relentlessly, torching clubs up and down the Eastern Seaboard 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.
$25 advance/ $30 at the door