Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
Saturday Night Live vocalist Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez will kick off the Meetinghouses 2018 season; Champagne reception precedes concert.
Christine Ohlman - Vocals, acoustic & electric guitar
Michael Colbath - Bass, vocals
Larry Donahue - Drums, percussion
Cliff Goodwin - Lead guitar
This queen of blue-eyed rock n soul, who 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 in the process. Shes the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band (SNL40s anniversary post-show concert also featured her star turn onstage with Jimmy Fallon, Elvis Costello and the B-52s), whose latest CD, The Deep End, was honored on five national Top Ten 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 the Alternate Root.coms Readers Poll as top Americana vocalist, joining other winners Paul Thorn, The Mavericks and Rodney Crowell.
Ohlmans legendary voice and stage presence (shes known as The Beehive Queen for her towering blonde hairdo) have most recently been featured at the 2016 AMA Conference in Nashville; The PBS series Music City Roots with Bonnie Bramlett, Sarah Potenza and the McCrary Sisters during June, 2016; 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals Tribute To David Bowie; on numerous guest vocal shots on the HBO series Vinyl" that feature a duet with Elvis Costello; on SNLs 40th Anniversary telecast (pulled onstage by Jimmy Fallon at the after-party concert at the Plaza Hotel, she tore the roof off with the B52s as her backup vocalists), The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (guest shot with Black 47); the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Concert in Cleveland (filmed by HBO); the Carnegie Hall tribute to the Rolling Stones; the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Little Kids Rock galas in NYC (taking the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, Steve Miller, Graham Nash, Bill Medley, Tom Morello and others); and the 2012-2015 WC Handy Festivals (she was the special guest of the Blind Boys Of Alabama and soul queen Candi Staton, and helmed a sold-out tribute to legendary producer Jerry Wexler; in 2015 she was the festivals Grand Marshall and co-billed with iconic guitarist Travis Wammack), as well as on both SNLs 25th and the aforementioned 40th Anniversary telecasts; Bob Dylans 30th Anniversary bash at The Garden (with George Harrison, Chrissie Hynde, and others); the 2013 Obama Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C.; The Lincoln Center American Songbook series with Sting, Lou Reed and Van Dyke Parks; and the Central Park Summerstage Tribute To Janis Joplin (where she fronted both Big Brother & The Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues Band).
In 2017, she 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 Musselwhites One Night In America (with Marty Stuart); sings the theme song for NBCs 30 Rock; worked on a musical with the late Cy Coleman (who compared her sense of timing to Peggy Lees); 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 (she joins The Dudes, BB King, Irma Thomas, Richard Thompson and others on Get You A Healin to benefit the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and has guest-hosted five editions of Down On The Bayou during successive Jazz & Heritage Fests with Widespread Panics JoJo Hermann, again to benefit The Clinic); 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 Im President and Shrunken Heads); edited legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldhams autobiography 2Stoned and appears also on Oldhams 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 & others on the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Awards.
Ohlman tours relentlessly, torching 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 aforementioned The Deep End, 2011 concert DVD Live Hive and 2016s upcoming The Grown-Up Thing with her band Rebel Montez (Michael Colbath-bass; Cliff Goodwin-guitar; Larry Donahue-drums).
Ive come here tonight to set your souls on fire, shell tell an audience. And she will.
*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 Cockers 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 (famously appearing on singles like Leave Your Hat On and Grammy-winner Up Where We Belong); 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 Palmers Secrets, (and, again famously, on singles Bad Case Of Loving You and Suspicion), three Billboard Hot 100-charted singles with the New City Rockers, and the million-seller Twisted Christmas with The Bob Rivers Comedy Corporation.
Goodwin is profiled in the Sept. 2013 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine. His ongoing tenure as MD and lead guitarist with David Foster & The Mohegan Sun All-Stars has brought him to stages across the country with Delbert McClinton, BB King, and other notables of the blues world. Goodwins production projects have taken him most recently to Amsterdam, and he continues a career as a sought-after sideman both on-stage and in-studio. Additionally, he consults with the Bose Corporation as Musical Director for Research and Development for the new L-1 Amplification Speaker System and leads the band that demos the system worldwide.
Goodwin stepped seamlessly into the musical shoes of Eric Fletcher (1954-2006), Rebel Montezs charter member and guitarist, who passed away suddenly in May, 2006, bringing with him, then and now, a wealth of musical knowledge and a rock n' roll sensibility that is soulful, fresh and inspiring.
*Michael Colbath - Bass Guitar*
Michael started out a jazz freak, and in many ways it's still his first love. But from the time he picked up his first bass to the present, his interest in music has been truly global. Mike got his start working out with R'n'B soul groups in Hartford's North End and continued to cut his teeth on the Hartford scene with the Hibachi Brothers, a World Beat band, while at the same time playing with a succession of jazz combos.
Known as "The Buddah Of The Bass" for his unflappable Zen-trance stage presence, Colbath goes to the well of Duck Dunn, James Jamierson, and John Paul Jones for inspiration. He says, "Playing with Christine allows me to work on music in an original context, which is very gratifyng to me as a musician." Michael brings many influences to his playing style and bass lines and a spark that few can match when he straps on his axe.
*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.
In addition to his recordings with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, Larry guests with Lucinda Williams on 1998's Grammy-nominated A Tribute To Howlin' Wolf. Donahue's motto of "Have Drums, Will Groove," is borne out every time he picks up a pair of sticks.
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