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CHRISTINE OHLMAN & REBEL MONTEZ…Welcome to the Hip-Shakin’ Summer of 2015!!!!

tix on sale!! Fri. May 29 8 pm CAFFE LENA Saratoga Springs, NY 47 Phila St. #1 call for tix: 1-800-838-3006 -TIX $25 public/$22 members ADVANCE TIX HERE !! The Beehive Queen returns with Cliff Goodwin, Michael Colbath and Larry Donahue to this lovely, historic performance space that has become a great favorite. Christine will introduce new tunes and rock the house gently, Beehive-style! more info and menu at: www.caffelena.org ALSO: CONCERT STREAMS LIVE ON CONCERT WINDOW.. PURCHASE TICKETS FOR $5 HERE AND JOIN US IN A VIRTUAL BEEHIVE WAY (CONCERT IS NOT RECORDED, BUT YOU CAN WATCH IT LIVE IN HD): https://www.concertwindow.com/caffelena

TIX ON SALE!! Sat. May 30 7:30 pm NEXT STAGE ARTS Putney VT 15 Kimball Hill Rd. – SUMMER RENOVATIONS KICKOFF DANCE PARTY!! ADVANCE TIX HERE !! TIX $18 advance/$20 day of show The Beehive fix will be on as the Queen returns to Next Stage and there’ll be room in the front for DANCING! Next Stage is a fab tin-roofed church performance space that is a recent winner of the ArtPlace America grant, AND THIS CONCERT WILL BE THE LAST BEFORE RENOVATIONS BEGIN! Rock with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez as summer begins in a venue designed by artists, for artists!!! MORE VENUE INFO AT : www.nextstagearts.org

tix on sale! Fri. June 5 @8 pm (doors 7:30) THE RECORD COLLECTOR “Living Room Concert Series” Bordentown, NJ 358 Farnsworth Ave. 609.324.0880 ADVANCE TIX HERE! Join the Beehive Queen as she and the Montez Boys return to this super-cool performance space that’s also a top-notch record outpost (vinyl, CDs, and more!!) plus cafe. The SUMMERTIME Beehive hip-shake will be in full force among the LPs, 45s and vintage goodies!!!! Come on down to The Collector!!! More info and directions: www.the-record-collector.com P.S. This concert will be streamed live via www.40footholestudio.com, a 24 hour no-repeat radio station bringing you the best from indie artists worldwide.

tix on sale! Sat. June 6 7 pm (doors 6 pm-come early for drinks & dinner snacks) THE BIJOU THEATRE Bridgeport CT 275 Fairfield Ave. 203.332.3228 (Parking directly across the street)
AMERICANA THROWDOWN w.CHRISTINE OHLMAN & REBEL MONTEZ/The Paul Gabriel Blues Trio/Seth Adam !!! ADVANCE TIX HERE! Americana king Seth Adam, rockin’ Blues king & Connecticut legend Paul Gabriel (BMA nominee!) and the Queen Of The Beehive & Rebel Montez share the historic Bijou stage in cool, cool Bijou Square for a summer night of deep, deep soulfulness! All venue info at www.thebijoutheatre.com

new date! Tix on sale! Fri. June 12- 8 pm (note earlier show time!-doors 7 pm) The Knickerbocker Cafe Westerly RI 35 Railroad Ave. 401.315.5070 ADVANCE TIX HERE (general admission) It’s TGIF at the Knick as Christine Ohlman, Cliff Goodwin, Michael Colbath & Larry Donahue bring the hot, hot Beehive Hip-Shake to further warm up a summer’s eve. The Knick is famous for its great sight lines and big, big dance floor. There’s great food too (have the fish!!!) and the party lasts until 11 pm. Log on to www.theknickerbockercafe.com for more info and dinner reservations.

Tix ON SALE! Sat. June 13 – 7:30 pm The 1794 Meetinghouse 26 South Main Street New Salem, MA 978.544.5200 Tix $20/$15 students/children under 12 free ADVANCE TIX HERE! Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez are honored to kick off the season at this wonderful, historic Northern Massachusetts performance space set in the pristine, tiny village of New Salem. The Beehive Queen cherishes the many beautiful friendships formed here, and the B-Queen Hipshake will be on, big-time! Admission $20/children under 12 Free. Log on to www.1794meetinghouse.org for more info

new date!! tix on sale! Sat. June 20 8 pm BAYSTREET THEATER Sag Harbor NY 1 Main St. “GE SMITH & SNL BAND MEMBERS” ADVANCE TIX HERE! Christine guests with members of the SNL Band present and past and other special guests in a first-weekend-of-summer musical celebration with her longtime musical brother GE. For more info: www.baystreet.org Venue: 1 Bay St. (corner of Bay and Main Sts.) Box Office: 631.725.9500 (tix also avail by calling box office)

tix on sale!! Sun. June 28 4:30 pm MYSTIC BLUES FESTIVAL FINALE ALL-STAR JAM…Main Stage @ Mystic Shipyards- 100 Essex St. Mystic, CT ADVANCE TIX HERE!!!
The Beehive Queen appears with The Knickerbocker All-Stars alongside special guests like James Montgomery for a kick-out-the-jams closeout to this year’s Blues Fest at the Mystic Shipyard on the beautiful Connecticut shoreline. Rebel Montez guitarist Cliff Goodwin will also join in the fun…more guests to be announced! Join Christine and Cliff for this great finale! Fest runs Fri-Sunday, June 26-27-28…More details at www.mysticbluesfestival.com

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FREE! Wed. July 1 7:30 pm The MADISON BEACH HOTEL Madison, CT 94 West Wharf Road RAIN OR SHINE! SUMMER KICKOFF CONCERT… FREE….. The Beehive Queen opens the “Concerts on The Grassy Strip” series and kicks off the Hip-Shakin’ Summer of 2015 right where she used to, and you NEED to be there….This free early-evening concert is a great chance to hang at on the beautiful lawn with its gorgeous beach view. Make dinner reservations earlier and then join the crowd on the lawn, or just come for the Beehive Concert! All ages are welcome, bring your own chair, and PARTY WITH THE QUEEN. As always, if you want to book a room at the hotel to stay the night, don’t wait! EVENT MOVES TO GRAND BALLROOM IN EVENT OF RAIN…
More info at www.madisonbeachhotel.com or by calling 203.245.1404

new date! Free admission! Sat. July 4 7 pm RIVERLINK CONCERT SERIES Amsterdam, NY at Riverlink Park- 25 Church St. The Beehive Queen rocks this gorgeous waterfront amphitheatre on the most fab summer night of all, the Fourth of July! Concerts sponsored by the Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation. Enjoy dinner at the Riverlink Cafe and swing on over for the Beehive HipShake! More info at: www.riverlinkconcerts.com

tix on sale!! Saturday, July 11 – 9 pm (w.special guest Lovelace Stoltz at 8 pm..one show only) BRIDGE STREET LIVE 41 Bridge St. Collinsville, CT 860.693.9762 ADVANCE TIX HERE The Beehive Queen returns to this pristine Northern-CT concert room that showcases the best in music with great sight lines and a fab dinner menu. Her fab friends, the Americana duo Lovelace/Stoltz, do their wonderful thang at 8 pm. Directions, menu, more info at: www.41bridgestreet.com

Fri. July 17- Opening Parade and Concert: The WC Handy Festival, Muscle Shoals AL- Christine serves as this year’s festival Grand Marshall, ridin’ in the Cadillac in the opening parade! More details on Handy Week follow…..

Tix on sale! Fri. July 17 8:30 (8 pm doors-The Local Saints open at 8:30) THE SHOALS THEATER Florence AL Christine Ohlman & Travis Wammack w/special guests: “THE SNAKE KING MEETS THE BEEHIVE QUEEN” ADVANCE TIX HERE!! Travis Wammack is one of the pre-eminent session guitarists to come out of the Memphis-Muscle Shoals scene, and a blue-eyed soul singer beyond compare. Christine is proud to be teaming with this great musician for a show to benefit the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and The Shoals Theatre. Killer Americana heroes The Local Saints open at 8:30, and special guests will include the ultra-wonderful Donnie Fritts, Kelvin Holly, Wayne Chaney, Will McFarlane, Travis “Monkey Man” Wammack, and more! . SPONSORED BY THE TASUS CORPORATION OF FLORENCE AL…. Stay tuned for more news and ticket link!!!!
more info at: www.shoalstheatre.org 123 N. Seminary St. Florence AL 256.764.1700

2015 Handy Festival!! Sat. July 18 4 pm THE CONCERT ON SHOAL CREEK 384 Johnson Drive Florence,Al CHRISTINE OHLMAN w. Fathers and Sons and special guest The Mary Mason Band The Beehive Queen rocks the traditional first-week-end-of-Handy afternoon concert on the Creek….. Fathers and Sons are Shoals guitar gods Kelvin Holly (The Decoys/ Pegi Young Band) and Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt) with Jamie McFarlane and Justin Holder (The Local Saints). Soul goddess Mary Mason opens with her great band. It’ll be a party to start the party!

2015 Handy Festival!! Monday July 20 7:30 pm THE MUSCLE SHOALS ALL-STARS in Concert (W.C. Handy Music Festival) Shoals Marriott Hotel Florence, AL 10 Hightower Pl. (256) 246-3600
Christine guests with the Swampers, including the legendary David Hood and Jimmy Johnson, in a romp through the classics of Shoals Soul. All the greats of the Shoals music scene will be on stage, and The Beehive Queen is honored to be asked to sit in! Don’t miss it!

2015 Handy Festival! Thurs. July 23 7 pm Cypress Lakes Golf Course (W.C. Handy Music Festival) 1311 E 6th St. Muscle Shoals (256) 386-7783 Christine Ohlman w/The Decoys & special guest Brad Guin. The Beehive Queen gets down hard with “The House Band Of The Shoals,” the Decoys, in a concert that’s become a Handy tradition, outdoors on the spectacular grounds at Cypress Lakes. The always-fabulous Kelvin Holly, Scott Boyer, NC Thurman, Mike Dillon and Jimmy Clay will be joined by sax king Brad Guin. Bring a chair and your dancing shoes, and get down seriously with The Queen and the Cream of the Shoals!!!!

TIX ON SALE!! Sat. Aug. 1 – 7 pm – THE IRON HORSE Northampton, MA- 20 Center St. – 413.586.8686 ADVANCE TIX HERE! Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez w. special guests THE REPROBATE BLUES BAND blow the roof off the Horse for the second summer in a row. Northampton is an especially rockin’ town, and The Queen can’t wait to return! Watch for tix link and get info at: www.iheg.com

new date! FREE admission! Wed, Aug. 5 6-8 pm. ROCK THE DOCKS – Norwich CT – Howard Brown Park, Chelsea Harbor Drive (on the Norwich Waterfront) FREE ADMISSION (RAIN DATE Wed. Aug. 12) The Beehive Queen & The Montez Boys rock this long-running CT weeknight fest on the beautiful Norwich waterfront. (Concert moves one week ahead to Aug. 12 in the event of very inclement weather)
More Info: www.norwichchamber.com

new date! tix on sale!! Friday August 7 9 pm Daryl’s House Club – Pawling NY 130 Rt. 22 845.289.0185 w.SPECIAL GUEST HAMELL ON TRIAL! ADVANCE TIX HERE! The Beehive Queen & The Montez Boys premier at the “House of Dary Hall” with ultra-rocking troubadour Hamell on Trial opening!! (for those of you who’ve been clubbing around the area of decades, you’ll recognize the address as the former home of the Towne Cryer). Join The Queen for the hot, hot, High-Summer hip-shake. There’s a killer restaurant here, too, so come hungry. Reservations recommended. More info: www.darylshouseclub.com

Sat. Aug. 8 – 4 pm – THE TEA FOR 200 to benefit the New Milford Hospice and VNA…. 63 River Road Washington Depot, CT This yearly fling features a throw-down by Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez on the grounds of a beautiful private residence under a festive dance-floor-equipped tent. There’s fabulous food and drink, a riotous hat contest that’s become a wonderful tradition, and it’s all for one of the best causes around. The Tea rules!!!!

Fri. August 21 7:30 pm (HEADLINER) The Hamburg Fair LYME, CT 263 Hamburg Rd. Join The Beehive Queen as Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez headline this great late-summer fair that is a more-than-100-year Connecticut tradition. Come join the summertime Beehive party…Admission $5/children free…. More info at: www.hamburgfair.org

FREE! Wed. Aug. 26 7:30 pm The MADISON BEACH HOTEL Madison, CT 94 West Wharf Road RAIN OR SHINE! SUMMER KICKOFF CONCERT… FREE….. The Beehive Queen closes out the “Concerts on The Grassy Strip” series and the Hip-Shakin’ Summer of 2015 right where she used to, and you NEED to be there….This free early-evening concert is a great chance to hang at on the beautiful lawn with its gorgeous beach view. Make dinner reservations earlier and then join the crowd on the lawn, or just come for the Beehive Concert! All ages are welcome, bring your own chair, and PARTY WITH THE QUEEN. As always, if you want to book a room at the hotel to stay the night, don’t wait! EVENT MOVES TO GRAND BALLROOM IN EVENT OF RAIN…
More info at www.madisonbeachhotel.com or by calling 203.245.1404

Sat. Sept. 12 9 pm BLACK-EYED SALLY’S Hartford CT 350 Asylum St. 860.278.7427 The Beehive Queen rocks the Capitol Area’s Home Of The Blues as summer turns to Fall…Sally’s rules the blues scene, and the Queen loves it! Make it a total blues fling with dinner and dancing…because there’s great Southern cooking from the kitchen, too! Reservations recommended at www.blackeyedsallys.com

tix on sale soon! Sat. Oct. 17 7:30 pm (doors 6 pm for refreshments and auction item viewing) AHM Fall Foliage Concert & Auction Presented by AHM Youth & Family Services Hebron, CT 25 Pendleton Drive Call for tix: 860.228.9488 The Beehive Queen & The Montez Boys will rock this great yearly event. Come listen, dance, and participate in a fun auction that helps support the great work that AHM does in the communities of Andover, Hebron, Marlborough and Columbia CT. More info: http://ahmyouth.org/fundraisers-and-events/fall-foliage-auction-concert

Fri. Nov. 27 9 pm BLACK-EYED SALLY’S Hartford CT 350 Asylum St. 860.278.7427 The Beehive Queen gets down seriously with Cliff Goodwin, Michael Colbath, and Larry Donahue for her annual Thanksgiving Friday extravaganza (p.s. it’s her birthday week…shhhh!!) This show will sell out…reservations recommended! Throw the leftover turkey in the ‘fridge and join the Queen for a hip-shakin’ blues fling…and there’s great Southern cooking from Sally’s kitchen, too! Info and reservations at: www.blackeyedsallys.com

Christine appears on the new Blu-Ray revamp of the historic PBS concert at Madison Square Garden for Bob Dylan’s 30th Columbia Records Anniversary ..with George Harrison, Johnny Cash, Neil Young and SO many more… ORDER ON AMAZON HERE

CHRISTINE appears on Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Andrew Loog Oldham’s historic “Andrew Loog Oldham and Friends Sing the Rolling Stones Songbook Vol. 2” ORDER HERE

CHRISTINE APPEARS ON Ian’ Hunter’s latest, “When I’m President” Order on Amazon

The Deep End…Latest release…Five national End-Of-Year Top Ten honors…
ORDER THE DEEP END ON AMAZON HERE
“Tough, tender, thoughtful and sassy– R-E-A-L, as Sam Phillips was wont to say.”- Peter Guralnick, Award-Winning Author and Musicologist (Last Train To Memphis, Sweet Soul Music)

MAINSTREAM RECORDS COMP RELEASED IN THE UK…The Wrongh Black Bag was Christine & brother Vic Steffens’ “baby” garage band. This cool comp on Ace Records UK features “I Dont Know Why,” the B-side of The Bag’s only 45. The Amboy Dukes were the kings of Mainstream, and the Wrongh Black Bag was the “teen-dream” band. Amazon Link Here

LIVE HIVE…The first-ever concert DVD by Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez ..available NOW on Amazon. “[Ohlman] is a visual feast. If you haven’t seen a live performance, you’ve missed half the show. With this video, you get a front-row seat”- Kay Cordtz, Elmore Magazine, Jan. 2012
Click here to order on Amazon

CHRISTINE PERFORMS THE TITLE TRACK to “The Deep End”
CLICK HERE

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “LOVE MAKE YOU DO STUPID THINGS” feat. special guest Eric “Roscoe” Ambel of the Del Lords:

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Sat. June 1 8 pm (note earlier show time!-doors 7 pm) THE KNICKERBOCKER CAFE Westerly RI 35 Railroad Ave. 401.596.4225 GET TICKETS Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez return to the Knickerbocker with the Beehive Hip-Shake on a warm early summer’s night. The Knick is famous for its great sight lines and big, big dance floor. There’s great food too (have the fish!!!) and the party lasts until 11 pm. Log on to www.theknickerbockercafe.com for more info and dinner reservations.

Fri. June 7 7:00 (approx stage time..come early for seating) THE BLACK-EYED AND BLUES FESTIVAL HARTFORD CT – BUSHNELL PARK PAVILLION (100 Wells Street) Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez light up this fest that consistently celebrates blues in the Capitol Region on a grand scale. Fest is free, seating is on the ground, so come early and bring a blanket. More info later this Spring at www.blackeyedsallys.com

Sat. June 8 7:30 pm 1794 MEETINGHOUSE New Salem, MA 26 South Main Street 978.544.5200 2013 Season Opener!!! Champagne reception at 6:30 included in tix price! GET TIX HERE NOW Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez are honored to kick off the season at this wonderful, historic Northern Massachusetts performance space set in the pristine, tiny village of New Salem. The Beehive Queen cherishes the many beautiful friendships formed here, and the B-Queen Hipshake will be on, big-time! Admission $15/children under 12 Free. TIx link posted May 1! Log on to www.1794meetinghouse.org for more info

Sat. June 29 6 pm THE MYSTIC BLUES FESTIVAL Mystic Shipyard Stage 100 Essex St. Mystic, CT ADVANCE TIX HERE !! Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez headline and rock the main stage (www.mysticshipyard.com) at the premier outing of this brand-new 3-day fest. There are headliners Fri. & Sat. on the Shipyard Stage, a great closing concert on Sunday, and special shows (including Al Kooper on Sunday) at The Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly, RI. More details at www.mysticbluesfestival.com

Saturday, July 13 9 pm (one show only) BRIDGE STREET LIVE 41 Bridge St. Collinsville, CT 860.693.9762 ADVANCE TIX HERE!!!! with special guest Carrie Johnson opening at 8 pm!! The Beehive Queen returns to this pristine Northern-CT concert room that showcases the best in music with great sight lines and a fab dinner menu. Christine is grateful to have Americana soul sister Carrie Johnson opening at 8. Directions, menu and more info here: www.41bridgestreet.com

Friday July 19 – 9 pm THE TURNING POINT Piermont, NY 468 Piermont Avenue 845.359.1089 ORDER ADVANCE TICKETS TGIF on a hot, hot summer night as The Beehive Queen & The Montez Boys return to this showcase performance space that is rich in history for its long-running, top-notch presentation of the country’s best Americana, roots and blues artists. Just up the Hudson from NYC, in the shadow of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Dine upstairs at Tequila Sal Y Limon (845.680.6740), too! Advance tix $20. More info and directions at www.turningpointcafe.com

festival date!! Thurs. July 25 8 pm The 2013 W.C. Handy Festival – Marriott Shoals Conference Center (ballroom)- 10 Hightower Place Florence, AL 256.246.3600 “A TRIBUTE TO JERRY WEXLER” Christine leads the charge with Muscle Shoals legends The Decoys and many special guests for the WC Handy Festival to benefit MSMA (Muscle Shoals Music Association) – show to be broadcast on “Muscle Shoals 2 Music Row Live”. Watch for more details!!

new date!! Sat. Aug. 3 7 pm MUSIKFEST Bethlehem, PA The Aetna Americaplatz Levitt Pavillion @ SteelStacks The Beehive Queen returns to this historic FREE 10-day fest to rock Saturday night at the gorgeously-lit Steel Stacks. If you haven’t been to this fest, you owe it to yourself. Bethlehem has become a VERY hip hang, so come for the night..or two! Watch for more details!!! Learn more and get daily schedules for the nations’s longest-running 10-day non-gated music festival at: www.musikfest.org

new date!! Wednesday, August 7 6-8 pm BLUES ON THE BEACH AT MISQUAMICUT RI (at the Westerly Town Beach 365 Atlantic Ave. Westerly RI) The Beehive Hip-Shake will be on, big-time, at the rockin’ beach. This is a long-running, super-cool summer concert series under the stars. Rain or shine……

WEST COAST!! Saturday, August 17 8 pm The Fox Theater Oakland CA 1807 Telegraph Ave. 510.302.2250 Christine joins the Rockers in Recovery All-Star Band on a West Coast swing. More details forthcoming!

West Coast!! Monday, August 19 8 pm The Nokia Theatre Los Angeles CA 777 Chick Hearn Ct. 213.763.6030 w.Richie Sambora Christine joins The Rockers In Recovery Band All-Star Band as they appear as the special guest of Richie Sambora, continuing their West Coast swing. More details forthcoming!

new date!! Wed. August 28 7:30 pm Lake George Summer Concert Series – Lake George NY at Shepard Park 26 Old Post Road. Join the Beehive Queen as she torches the last great week of the Summer of 2013 and brings this long-running concert series to a Hip-Shakin’ close. The Queen promises a night to remember, so Leap into Labor Day with her!
Concert takes place rain or shine. Call 518.668.2612 in the event of inclement weather for rain location. More info at www.lakegeorgearts.org/summer-concerts.

just announced! free show! Sat. August 31 7 pm LABOR DAY CONCERT on the lawn of the the MADISON BEACH HOTEL -Madison, CT 94 West Wharf Road Shoreline Fans and Friends rejoice…history DOES repeat itself!! The Beehive Queen closes out the Hip-Shakin’ Summer of 2013 right where she used to, and you NEED to be there….This free early-evening concert is a great chance to hang at on the beautiful lawn with its gorgeous beach view. Make dinner reservations earlier and then join the crowd on the lawn, or feast on a “box lunch”-type meal with drinks! All ages are welcome, bring your own chair, and PARTY WITH THE QUEEN. As always, if you want to book a room, don’t wait!
More info at www.madisonbeachhotel.com or by calling 203.245.0410

new date!! Sunday Sept. 1 4 pm (approx stage time..more details to follow) Blues, Views & BBQ Festival Westport CT Levitt Pavilion For The Performing Arts- 40 Jessup Road (behind the town library) Join Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez on Labor Day weekend at the beautiful, newly-redesigned Levitt for this long-running, end-of-summer tradition. BV&BBQ is always a blast. Rock out the Summer of 2013 in hip-shakin’ style with the Queen! More details soon at www.bluesviewsbbq.com

new date!! Sat. Sept. 7 8 pm THE NELSON ODEON Casenovia (Nelson) NY – 4035 Nelson Rd. 315.655.9193 Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez return to this warm & wonderful concert hall, a renovated Grange, nestled in the foothills of NY State. This is music country, and you won’t want to miss the third-season return of The Beehive Queen to the Nelson! Tix link soon! More info at www.bluesviewsbbq.com

new date!! Saturday, Sept. 14 9:15 pm The MAPLE TREE CAFE Simsbury, CT 781 Hopmeadow Rd. (call 860.651.1291 for seating and reservations.) The Beehive Queen returns to this cozy Northern CT haunt with its great menu and big, big dance floor. Come for the wonderful food and the Beehive Hip-Shake, all night long! Log on to www.mapletreecafe.com for more info.

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new date!! Saturday, Sept. 20 9 pm THE BULL RUN Shirley MA 215 Great Road 978.425.4311 (in the Sawtelle Room) ADVANCE TIX HERE!! Join Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez as they make their premier appearance at this legendary Massachusetts concert club. The Bull Run’s motto is “Serving The Tired, Thirsty Traveler Since 1740.” Indeed! Join the Beehive Queen, and rock out historically!!!!! Tix link posted soon ($18 advance/$22 day of show). More info, directions, and menu: www.bullrunrestaurant.com

tix link soon!! Sat. Sept. 21 8 pm Casey Cares Annual Rock n’ Roll All-Star Bash Ram’s Head Live Baltimore MD 20 Market Place 410.244.1131
The Beehive Queen goes solo, joining an all-star lineup to celebrate another year of this outstanding charity that serves children with catastrophic illnesses AND their families. Their work is vital, and on this night every year we party to celebrate it! More details and tix link in early summer….

new date!! Sunday, October 20 4 pm (doors at 3:30) CONCERTS AT IMA / THE INSTITUTE FOR THE MUSICAL ARTS Goshen, MA (for GPS, google “Williamsburg”) 165 Cape Street (Rt 112) 413.268.3074 Tix avail this summer AT (scroll down the page): http://www.ima.org/concerts.html Benefit Harvest Dance & Bonfire with a Beehive Halloween Costume Twist!!! Retro wear and Beehives encouraged!!!! In what is becoming a yearly tradition, join us for THE pre-Halloween party of the year, as Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez light up this gorgeous barn/performance space (studio design by Electric Ladyland’s John Storyk) in a special pre-dinner show to support IMA and their slammin’ Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls, which just celebrated its 11th Anniversary! IMA is located just north of Northampton, with its beautiful shops and restaurants…Come and make a day of it, with the afternoon’s party the icing on the cake!!! Tix $17 advance/$20 day of. Directions and more info about IMA at www.ima.org

Sat. Oct. 26 (all day) New Orleans LA Christine guests at “The Sessions” Music Symposium with Liberty DeVitto and others….location to be announced!

new date!! Sunday, Oct. 27 5 pm stage time (Fest runs October 24-27, all day) LB ROXX NY Festival at the Long Beach Public Library 111 W. Park Ave. Long Beach, NY 516.432.7200

Join Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez on a Fall afternoon in beautiful, historic Long Beach (continuing its recovery this Spring from Hurricane Sandy). This FREE fest is an annual event and live music concept. Raffles on sale in upstairs lobby Friday-Saturday; Raffle drawing on Sunday at 3:15 pm. More info and full concert lineup soon at: www.longbeachroxxny.com

new date!! Fri. Nov. 8 8 pm (more info to follow on show time) Christine joins “Band Together” at the Fairfield Theatre Company (FTC) 70 Sanford St. Fairfield CT 203.259.1036 . This special benefit show will spotlight country and country soul music. Band Together events have raised close to a million dollars for Connecticut charities, and the Beehive Queen is always glad to be a guest performer. More info and ticket link later this summer! Watch www.fairfieldtheatre.org for more info, too!

new date!! Sunday, Nov. 10 7 pm (one show only) THE WOLF DEN at MOHEGAN SUN Montville, CT – 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. 1.888.226.7711 w/special guest Mitch Chakour
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez will torch the stage of the always-free, always-fabulous Wolf Den for one show only….Soul Brother Mitch Chakour will join in and help the Beehive Queen gospelize!!! COME EARLY FOR BEST SEATING. The Sun always rocks, with great food and fun to be had all night long. More info at: www.mohegansun.com

new date!! Friday, November 29 9 pm Black-Eyed Sally’s Hartford CT 350 Asylum Street 860.278.7427 Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez continue their tradition of Thanksgiving Friday’s Beehive Blowout at the Capital Region’s “Home Of The Blues”….throw the leftover turkey in the ‘fridge and come on down for Sally’s great cookin’, plus the Beehive Thanksgiving Hip-Shake on Sally’s big, big dance floor! Log on to www.blackeyedsallys.com for more info

new date!! Friday, December 20 9 pm (early show) SECOND ANNUAL BEEHIVE HOLIDAY BLOW-OUT..Cafe Nine New Haven CT 250 State St. (corner of Crown)….watch for more details! www.cafenine.com


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Saturday, February 23 9 pm THE TURNING POINT Piermont, NY 468 Piermont Avenue 845.359.1089 -Advance Tix $20 GET TIX HERE Christine Ohlman & Montez Boys make a return appearance at this showcase performance space that is rich in history and renowned for its long-running, top-notch presentation of the country’s best Americana, roots and blues artists. Just up the Hudson from NYC, in the shadow of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Dine upstairs at Tequila Sal Y Limon (845.680.6740), too! Advance tix $20. More info and directions at www.turningpointcafe.com

Friday March 15 10:30 pm (1 show only) HILL COUNTRY BARBECUE NYC 30 W. 26th St. 212.255.4544 TIX $12

Join the Beehive Queen & the Montez Boys as they premier at this NYC alt-roots n’ barbecue hang. Named “Best BBQ in New York by NY Mag and Time Out NY, this long-running NYC staple honors the tradition of mixing great food and great music. Rock on with the Queen! Tix $12 More info at: www.hillcountryny.com

New date!! Fri. March 22 9-11 pm (doors 8 pm) Rockers in Recovery (RIR) All-Star Band at Revolution Live- Ft. Lauderdale, FL 100 SW 3rd Ave. (1 more band to be announced.) The Beehive Queen joins her RIR bandmates (Ricky Byrd, Liberty DeVitto, Mark Stein, Kasim Sulton & Richie Supa) in a special concert evening. Tickets on sale soon. Call 954.826.4920 for more information.

Saturday, March 30 9 pm Black-Eyed Sally’s Hartford CT 350 Asylum Street 860.278.7427 Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez kick off their 2013 season at Hartford’s Home Of The Blues. Sally’s is one of the Beehive Queen’s favorite places to rock, with its big, big dance floor and fine, fine Southern cooking from the kitchen, all night long… Log on to www.blackeyedsallys.com for more info.

New date!! Sun. April 14 6 pm (early show!!) Christine guests on “Parker Wheeler and Friends: Sunday Blues Party” THE GROG, NEWBURYPORT, MA 13 Middle St. 978.465.8008 Come rock with The Beehive Queen for Patriots Day Weekend as she joins her running partners Cliff Goodwin, Wolf Ginandes and more in a fabulous blues-rockin’ band led by Mr. Wheeler, the harp-wielding host with the most. The dance floor will be packed from the first beat, and the place is always jammed with the best kind of party folk…so come early, get a seat, and get down in the Beehive Patriots Day groove! More info, menu and directions at www.thegrog.com

Fri. April 19 8 pm Caffe Lena Saratoga Springs NY 47 Phila St. 518.583.0022 The Beehive Queen will rock this lovely room, rich in history. More details to follow. CALL 1.800.838.3006 FOR TIX, or log on to www.caffelena.org and follow the tix links (advance tix available late Feb.)

Sat. April 20 7:30 pm Next Stage Arts Project Putney VT 5 Kimball Hill 802.387.8500 More details follow…Christine is delighted to be returning to this historic performance space! More info soon at www.nextstagearts.org

DATE CHANGE (formerly March 16)!! Friday, April 26 9 pm (doors 7 pm) VIOLET JAM at Stardust Plaza @The Verve Crowne Plaza Natick, MA 1360 Worcester St. 508.416.1364 (21+older) ORDER ADVANCE TIX HERE Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez get down, Beehive-style, at this extremely rockin’ monthly concert event. Violet Jam is known as “A Rock n’Pop Cocktail Party”. Tix @ $15 include complimentary mixers & munchies (cash bar & premium drinks also available).
For more info and reservations: www.violetjam.com

New date!! Sat. April 27 9 pm stage time (7 pm Doors& opener…more details to follow) Puck Live – 1 Printer’s Alley Doylestown, PA 215.348.9000 Advance TIx $15 Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez return to this long-running Philly-area nightspot on a Spring evening…and the Beehive Queen will throw down! Come on out for the B-Queen hipshake, Philly-style…There’s great food from the Puck kitchen, too!!! Watch for tix link to be posted soon. More info and menu at www.pucklive.com

ON THE HORIZON….
watch for more detalls!! Wed, May 1 Christine guests at The Ponderosa Stomp’s birthday celebration for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic…new Orleans, LA

watch for more details!! Thurs, May 2 8 pm “Down On The Bayou IV” at Tipitina’s New Orleans, LA to benefit the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic Join the Beehive Queen as she guests and co-emcees this start-studded event during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. More details soon!

New date!! Friday, May 3 8 pm (one show only) ROCKERS IN RECOVERY BAND AT THE CUTTING ROOM NYC 44 E. 32nd St. ( bet. Park and Madison) 212.691.1900 The Beehive Queen joins her NYC running partners Ricky Byrd, Liberty DeVitto, Mark Stein, Kasim Sulton and Richie Supa in a return to NYC’s “Musicians’ Living Room”. The Cutting Room is newly-relocated, fabulously renovated, and THE place for music..so come and rock and celebrate with RIR! Tix link to be posted soon… log on to www.thecuttingroomnyc.com for more info on the venue!

New date!! Sunday, May 5 5 pm Join Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez for “5/5 @5” THE BREAD BOX THEATER 220 Valley St. Willimantic, CT (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church) 860.429.4220 . Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez are proud to be part of the Spring 2013 schedule at this venue dedicated to collecting food and revenue for the Covenant Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. The sanctuary of St. Paul’s has been transformed into a hundred-seat theater with beautiful stained glass and a superb sound system. All proceeds of this volunteer program go to the charity. Enjoy a very special semi-acoustic early-evening with The Beehive Queen for a very, very good cause!!! Tix will go on sale in late February. Log on for more info and to watch for ticket link: www.breadboxfolk.org

More details coming! Sat. May 25 (fest runs all day) THE THIRD ANNUAL ROCKERS IN RECOVERY MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT AND PICNIC…FREE FEST… Deerfield Beach, FL-Quiet Waters Park 401 S. Powderline Rd. Watch for more details about the RIR All-Star Band (featuring Christine Ohlman, Ricky Byrd, Liberty Devitto, Kasim Sulton and Mark Stein)’s return to The Sunshine State to kick off the Hip-Shakin’ Florida Summer of ’13 !!!! 4 more bands to be announced. Join us at this FREE fest….More info at: 954.826.4920

New date!! Sat. June 1 8 pm (note earlier show time!-doors 7 pm) THE KNICKERBOCKER CAFE Westerly RI 35 Railroad Ave. 401.596.4225 Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez return to the Knickerbocker with the Beehive Hip-Shake on a warm early summer’s night. The Knick is famous for its great sight lines and big, big dance floor. There’s great food too (have the fish!!!) and the party lasts until 11 pm. Log on to www.theknickerbockercafe.com for more info and dinner reservations.

New date!! Fri. June 7 7:00 (approx stage time..come early for seating) THE BLACK-EYED AND BLUES FESTIVAL HARTFORD CT – BUSHNELL PARK PAVILLION (100 Wells Street) Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez light up this fest that consistently celebrates blues in the Capitol Region on a grand scale. Fest is free, seating is on the ground, so come early and bring a blanket. More info later this Spring at www.blackeyedsallys.com

New date!! Sat. June 8 7:30 pm 1794 MEETINGHOUSE New Salem, MA 26 South Main Street 978.544.5200 2013 Season Opener!!! Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez are honored to kick off the season at this wonderful, historic Northern Massachusetts performance space set in the pristine, tiny village of New Salem. The Beehive Queen cherishes the many beautiful friendships formed here, and the B-Queen Hipshake will be on, big-time! As he did last year, soul brother supreme Mitch Chakour will sit in on keys!!! Admission $15/children under 12 Free. TIx link posted in early Spring! Log on to www.1794meetinghouse.org for more info

New date!! Sat. June 29 6 pm THE MYSTIC BLUES FESTIVAL Mystic Shipyard Stage 100 Essex St. Mystic, CT Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez rock the main stage at the premier outing of this brand-new 3-day fest. Watch for more details, ticket link, etc….

New date!! Saturday, July 13 9 pm (one show only) BRIDGE STREET LIVE 41 Bridge St. Collinsville, CT 860.693.9762 The Beehive Queen returns to this Northern-CT concert room with great sight lines and a fab dinner menu. Tix link and more info coming soon! Log on to www.41bridgestreet.com

New date!! Sat. Aug. 3 7 pm MUSIKFEST Bethlehem, PA The Aetna Americaplatz Levitt Pavillion @ SteelStacks The Beehive Queen returns to this historic FREE 10-day fest to rock Saturday night at the gorgeously-lit Steel Stacks. If you haven’t been to this fest, you owe it to yourself. Bethlehem has become a VERY hip hang, so come for the night..or two! Watch for more details!!! Learn more and get daily schedules for the nations’s longest-running 10-day non-gated music festival at: www.musikfest.org

New date!! Wednesday, August 7 6-8 pm BLUES ON THE BEACH AT MISQUAMICUT RI (at the Westerly Town Beach 365 Atlantic Ave. Westerly RI) The Beehive Hip-Shake will be on, big-time, at the rockin’ beach. Watch for more details……

New date!! Saturday, October 27 8 pm (doors at 7:30) CONCERTS AT IMA / THE INSTITUTE FOR THE MUSICAL ARTS Goshen, MA (for GPS, google “Williamsburg”) 165 Cape Street (Rt 112) 413.268.3074 Tix avail this summer AT (scroll down the page): http://www.ima.org/concerts.html Benefit Harvest Dance & Bonfire with a Beehive Halloween Costume Twist!!! Retro wear and Beehives encouraged!!!! In what is becoming a yearly tradition, join us for THE Halloween party of the year, as Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez light up this gorgeous barn/performance space (studio design by Electric Ladyland’s John Storyk) to support IMA and their slammin’ Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls, which just celebrated its 11th Anniversary! IMA is located just north of Northampton, with its beautiful shops and restaurants…Come and make a day of it, with the evening’s party the icing on the cake!!! Tix $17 advance/$20 day of. Directions and more info about IMA at www.ima.org

Be sure to order “The Deep End” on Amazon.com!

“Tough, tender, thoughtful and sassy– R-E-A-L, as Sam Phillips was wont to say.”- Peter Guralnick, Award-Winning Author and Musicologist (Last Train To Memphis, Sweet Soul Music)

MAINSTREAM RECORDS COMP RELEASED IN THE UK…The Wrongh Black Bag was Christine & brother Vic Steffens’ “baby” garage band. This cool comp on Ace Records UK features “I Dont Know Why,” the B-side of The Bag’s only 45. The Amboy Dukes were the kings of Mainstream, and the Wrongh Black Bag was the “teen-dream” band. Amazon Link Here

LIVE HIVE…The first-ever concert DVD by Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez ..available NOW on Amazon. “[Ohlman] is a visual feast. If you haven’t seen a live performance, you’ve missed half the show. With this video, you get a front-row seat”- Kay Cordtz, Elmore Magazine, Jan. 2012.

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Tuesday night saw a benefit produced by  City Winery owner Michael Dorf at Carnegie Hall. Dozens of musicians took part in a tribute to the Rolling Stones. This tribute concert, benefiting music & arts programs for

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull

underprivileged youth brought superstar performers to the stage putting forth their  renditions of all 21 tracks from the band’s classic collected-hits album, “Hot Rocks 1964-1971,” http://www.rollingstones.com/album/hot-rocks-1964-1971.

Christine Ohlman

Christine Ohlman

The program featured Art Garfunkel, Steve Earl, Taj Mahal, Marc Cohn, Glen Hansard, David Johansen, and Jackson Brown. But leave it to the women to raise the roof and  bring people into the aisles dancing ! Marianne Faithfull http://www.mariannefaithfull.org.uk/ performed “As Tears Go By,” which Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote for her, and “Sister Morphine,” which she wrote with Jagger. Rosanne Cash did “Gimme Shelter”. Peaches, the Canadian club singer, let go with “Heart of Stone,” and actress Juliette Lewis performed her version of “Satisfaction”.  Angélique Kidjo, “Street Fighting Man,” coaxing the crowd to its feet. Rickie Lee Jones on guitar played “Sympathy for the Devil”. Finally, Ronnie Spector, joined by our good friend Christine Ohlman http://www.christineohlman.net, gave the audiance her all-out rendition of “Time Is on My Side.”

The heart of Christine Ohlman has belonged to rock n’ roll from just about the moment she could walk and talk. By the time she traveled from Boston to New York on an overnight train to make her first record at the age of 16, writing the “B” side on the way to the studio, she was already a veteran of the local coffeehouse circuit around New Haven, Connecticut. “The first guy who ever signed me flew down from New York City to hear the band; he signed us the same day,” she says. “We were in the studio practically before we knew what hit us recording a version of Al Kooper’s ‘Wake Me, Shake Me.’ The next thing we knew, we were on the charts and I was in heaven!”

Christine was a founding member of The Scratch Band, legendary throughout the Northeast for their incendiary and eclectic live shows, and her stark, piano-accompanied version of Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Want To Be With You” from their first LP was a turntable hit in the U.K. Beginning in September 1991, a portion of The Scratch Band reunited in the studios of NBC’s Saturday Night Live with Christine joining guitarist/vocalist/musical director G.E. Smith and bassist Paul Ossola, both former Scratch Band members, in the SNL band. At one point, the 11-member group, featuring in its repertoire a heavy dose of Christine’s favorite music—southern soul—took the stage (joined by Ry Cooder, Steve Cropper and Maceo Parker) as the house band for The Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards, a performance that was, in Ohlman’s words, “just about the biggest flat-out thrill of my life.

While touring and recording with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez are the main focus, Ohlman has other all-star concert appearances to her credit, including the Lincoln Center “American Songbook” Series (with Sting and Lou Reed), the 2009 Obama Inaugural Gala, and Celebrate Brooklyn’s Tribute to Bill Withers (with Nona Hendryx and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James). She continues to perform with the SNL Band, appearing with Al Green on the show’s 25th Anniversary Special and in the hilarious 2010 commercial parody “Carter n’ Sons Barbeque.” She is a sought-after studio guest vocalist, appearing on Ian Hunter’s Shrunken Heads (named one the Top 20 CDs of 2007 by the New York Daily News), Big Al Anderson’s Pawn Shop Guitars, and two CDs by esteemed Irish punk group Black 47.

Cliff Goodwin: Lead Guitar
Cliff Goodwin, a native son of Worcester, MA, came up, as a founding member, with legendary New England rock n’ roll gods The American Standard Band, appearing on their self-titled LP. In 1976, he answered the call to become Joe Cocker’s lead guitarist, where he stayed until 1988, sharing the stage with Nicky Hopkins and Bobby Keyes; recording Luxury You Can Afford (Asylum), Cocker (Capitol), Live In Central Park (Casablanca), Standing Here, and Live in Montreaux; and cementing his reputation as an musical director par excellence when he assumed that role for Cocker upon joining the band. Along the way, Cliff worked with John Mayall, Steve Miller, and Robert Palmer, appearing on Palmer’s Secrets, three Billboard Hot 100-charted singles with the New City Rockers, and the million-seller Twisted Christmas with The Bob Rivers Comedy Corporation.

Wolf Ginandes: Bass Guitar
Wolf is Christine’s guest bass player for the evening while Rebel Montez bass guitarist Michael Colbath is on vacation. Wolf has been playing since high school and started playing full time in 1972. About eight years later he started repairing guitars for a living and playing gigs nearly every day of the week. He has toured internationally with multiple artists. He has lived in the Boston area for several years and plays for local favorites Digney Fignus, Dan King and others. He is also considered to be one of the best guitar repair technicians around, and he has served an endless stream of Berklee College of Music students, faculty, and Boston axemen in their quest for the perfect-sounding instrument.

Larry Donahue: Drums and Percussion
The heartbeat of the Rebel Montez sound resides within the heart, hands, and feet of Larry Donahue. Joining up after a stint in LA’s turbulent music scene, Donahue brings to the band an unshakeable sense of timing and a musical sensibility that is open to a world of inspiration, from the elegant Stax stylings of Al Jackson, Jr. through the garage/rockabilly madness of Travis Wamack’s “Scratchy” and Frank Kirkland’s jungle-drum excursions with Bo Diddley.

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez with special guest; Mitch Chakour

Saturday, July 9, 7:30 P.M.

1794 Meeting House
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By: Christine Ohlman

Fellow Stringbenders and Soul Music Fans From Far and Wide…..This last week was such a cool one, for so many reasons, that I wanted to share a few memories.

I’d long been invited to come to Muscle Shoals to sit in with The Decoys (legends in their own right, and Donnie Fritts’s touring band) at their regular Wednesday night hang at a roadhouse outside of town. One thing led to another and months went by. Finally, I decided to just book a flight and do it. Kelvin Holly, the Decoys’ monumental guitarist who’s been with Little Richard for many years, was the king mixer of the week’s festivities, and my dear soul sister Kim Stovall planned everything. You all know I collect soul music on vinyl and have for years. Going to the Shoals (this would be my second trip) is like going to church for me.

During my two-day stay, I toured FAME and the former Muscle Shoals Sound (now renamed Cypress Moon and largely a film studio, nestled beautifully on the Tennesee River; that’s me sitting on the couch in front of the wall covered by moss green shag carpeting in the main office); sat in the FAME control room and met with Rick Hall; met my friend Jerry Phillips, Sam’s son, whose 100,000 watt radio station Q-107 is beaming “Love Make You Do Stupid Things” from The Deep End all over the South; saw the set for Jerry’s cool new podcast “Muscle Shoals To Music Row” ( www.ms2mr.com ); had coffee with celebrated photographer and local bon vivant Dick Cooper (many of the best Shoals music photos are Dick’s); lunched with cool chicks Suzanne Bolton (who manages everything at FAME for Rick) and my soul sister and tour guide Kim Stovall; had a quick photo taken outside 3614 Jackson Highway (because no one likes the present owner, we had to sneak around); and toured through the Alabama Music Hall of

Fame, where I learned that Nat “King” Cole had two other music-playing brothers (I’d thought there was only one) and saw Webb Pierce’s gold-plated cadillac with ornamental guns mounted on the hood.

All this was a prelude to the gig at Sidelines II, a local watering hole out on Ford Road (“It’s a joint,” Kelvin had said, and he was right.) Spooner Oldham ended up missing in action (he didn’t get out of church in time), but showing up to play were Donnie Fritts, a bunch of cats from Little Richard’s band, and Travis Wammack. I knew The Decoys were good, but they turned out to be more than that. Mike Dillon rules the drum kit and sings his ass off, while Kelvin, Steve Vickery (sitting in for David Hood, who apologized personally for having to go to London and do Jools Holland’s show) NC Thurman and Barry Billings similarly rule their corners of the stage. This was American music at its best, played with heart and soul and grit, for the pure joy of it. Everyone could sing, and sing well. They told me after I got there that there had never (not for any special reason–there just had never) been a woman in the “sitting in” spot with the Decoys, so I was honored, to begin with. But the welcome I got will stay with me for the rest of my life. We did Erma Franklin’s version of “Piece Of My Heart,” romped through Freddy King’s “I’m Tore Down” (after Donnie Fritts and I decided Freddy is, indeed, the best King) and, when, after a swamped-up turn through “Take Me To The River,” Mike Dillon announced, “She’s a Decoy!”, my heart was pretty full.

Donnie got up to sing “We Had It All,” and I joined him on the bridge. Then The Decoys burned through the Fritts/Penn/Oldham anthem “Memphis Women and Chicken.” The crowd was whooping, dancing, drinking, sweating and smiling (with Dick Cooper snapping what turned out to be 400 photos of the evening) by the time Travis Wammack quietly took the stage with his signature red 335—and just as quietly blew my mind. His 1964 hit “Scratchy” wasn’t (and didn’t need to be) on the bill: he was there to be part of the band. They played a couple, he shredded—and I mean SHREDDED—and then announced, “I’d like to sing a little…” as he sounded the arpeggio that introduces “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby.” This was perfect, pristine country soul, sung so true, deeper than any well, and I was proud to stand up there and be part of the gospel choir that the bunch of us made (remember I said they can all sing…) at the chorus. THEN Wammack ripped into the most ass-kickin’, hip-shakin’ version of the Isley Brother’s “It’s Your Thing” that the world has ever known. I danced all over the stage, Mike Dillon and I aced the harmonies, and the Beehive Queen’s soul was very, very, very, very content. So many folks came over to the table to thank me. It was I who felt grateful, and I still do, and I always will. What a beautiful thing, to be there with everyone, so DOWN in the groove, all night long. My thanks and respect to Kim, Kelvin, and all involved.

Before I left, very early on Thursday morning, I visited Jimmy Oliver’s morning show on Q107 Eric Ambel, Cliff Goodwin & Andy York’s triple-tremlo-guitar attack on “Love Make You Do Stupid Things” sounded mightly fine beaming out over those megawatts. And, by the way, the cotton opened up overnight, between Tuesday and Wednesday. The drive south back to Birmingham on Route 157 was through a sea of white.

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Just a few days back, we posted a vid on Facebook – Christine Ohlman at Lincoln Center with the Uptown Horns Revue and Andre Williams and Lester Chambers, from a couple of summers back. Christine’s rockin’  in the video (below) doing “Are you Lonely For Me” – a hit from her friend, the late Freddie Scott. We got back to Christine earlier this week and asked her to share a few of her recollections of Freddie.

“I met the great Freddie Scott in the mid-nineties. I’d long admired his great sixties soul records like “Hey Girl,” “Am I Grooving You,” and,inparticular, the chugging, ultra-groovy “Are You Lonely For Me.” I was absolutely thrilled when Freddie and I ended up on a couple of the same shows at NYC’s late, lamented Bottom Line club and I got the chance to join him on stage. In 2004 I was on a concert bill at New York’s Lincoln Center with some of the greats of R&B–Andre Williams (“The Bacon Fat” and “Jailbait”) and Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers (“Time Has Come Today”) along with one of the best rhythm sections in the business as part of the Uptown Horns Revue (the Horns, themselves, famously toured with the Rolling Stones). And how delighted I was to be asked to sing “Are You Lonely For Me.” I got the chance to tell Freddie about it before he passed in 2007. He was one of the true gentlemen of soul music…and what a killer voice!!”

Super,  Christine!  Thanks so much sharing your memories and music!!!

THE DEEP END
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
HMG Records: HMG 2009
Radio Impact Date: May 3, 2010
Featuring duets with Dion, Ian Hunter and Marshall Crenshaw plus special guests Levon Helm, Big Al Anderson, Andy York, G.E. Smith, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Catherine Russell, The Asbury Juke Horns (Chris Anderson & Neal Pawley) w/ Mark Rivera, Vic Steffens, Jeff Kazee, Shawn Pelton, Paul Ossola   and Mitch Chakour.

The HVUM team is pleased to let you all know that our friend Christine Ohlman (a.k.a. “The Beehive Queen”) is the flashy, gritty, long-time featured vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band whose five CDs (The Hard Way, Radio Queen, Wicked Time, Strip and 2008 career retrospective Re-Hive) are critically acclaimed for their truth-telling songwriting and blue-eyed soul-queen vocalizing. (Guest shots and Grammy-nominated collaborations can be accessed at her full bio at ChristineOhlman.net)

Working in a swampy, guitar-driven style that Dave Marsh has dubbed “Contemporary Rock R&B,” Ohlman and co producer Andy York (John Mellencamp) have crafted 15 songs of life and love tempered by loss, together with core band Rebel Montez (Cliff Goodwin, guitars, whose resume includes Joe Cocker and Robert Palmer; Michael Colbath, bass, and Larry Donahue, drums). It is Ohlman’s first CD of new work since 2004; her recording hiatus followed the deaths of both long-time producer and mate Doc Cavalier and Rebel Montez guitarist and founding member Eric Fletcher.

The covers were lovingly chosen from Christine’s fabled record collection. She duets with Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame member Dion on the obscure southern soul gem “Cry Baby Cry” and with Detroit native Crenshaw on a Motown classic,  “What’s The Matter With You Baby.” A third duet with Ian Hunter on Ohlman’s own “There Ain’t No Cure” celebrates herlove of the music and language of the Delta behind a punked-out, soul-searing groove. It’s one of a group of eleven neworiginals that includes “The Gone Of You” (a song of loss and longing so central to The Deep End ‘s theme that it appearstwice, in a full-band version and in Andy York’s evocative, loop-driven demo, dubbed “After Hours” both for Ohlman’s late-night vocal and its darkest-before-the-dawn sensibility); the Muscle Shoals-tinged ballad “Like Honey;” and flat-out barnburners “Bring It With You When You Come” and “Born To Be Together.” Eric Fletcher is memorialized in the album’s third cover, a pristine radio air shot of Link Wray’s “Walkin’ Down The Street Called Love.”

Also included is “The Cradle Did Rock,” soon to be available for download to benefit the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic as part of the re-release of the compilation Get You A Healin’.

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