Known as “the Beehive Queen” for her Ronnie Spector-esque ‘do, Christine Ohlman has been a force on New England scene since her days as a teen in Connecticut-based bands like the Wrongh Black Band and Fancy. Fancy later morphed into the soul/R&B-fueled rockers the Scratch Band, and featured guitarist G.E. Smith, whom Ohlman followed to New York in 1991 when he joined the Saturday Night Live band; though rarely seen on TV, she has served as that band’s vocalist ever since. (She also sings theme song to the NBC comedy 30 Rock.) In addition to her television duties, Ohlman fronts the band Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez, which has released six albums since the mid-‘90s, and has worked with the likes of Al Anderson, Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt. Ever the Renaissance woman, she is also a knowledgeable musical historian/archivist/writer, having edited Andrew Loog Oldham’s second autobiography,2Stoned and maintaining an informative website, which collects her writings and musings.
(by Stephen Haag)