Christine Ohlman, also known as “The Beehive Queen”, will be returning to Boston on Saturday, March 26, to perform at the Amazing Things Art Center in Framingham. Christine Ohlman hit NBC’s Studio 8H, in Rockefeller Center, to resume her duties as the lead vocalist with the “Saturday Night Live” Band, for the second half of Season 41, back in January. It’s where she’ll be till the season ends in late May.
Ohlman’s band, Rebel Montez will return to the studio this summer to begin work on their seventh CD, tentatively titled, “The Grown-Up Thing”. Bandmates are well known Worcester guitar king, Cliff Goodwin; Michael Colbath on bass; and Larry Donahue on drums. The projected guests on the new CD include Paul Thorn, members of the Subdudes, Muscle Shoals’ The Swampers, GE Smith, and others.
The HBO hit series, “Vinyl”, directed by Martin Scorcese and produced by Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, has featured Ohlman’s voice on multiple episodes. Her performances include a duet with Elvis Costello and her track, “Cha Cha Twist”, appears on the double-CD series soundtrack.
Her career has been filled with many accolades, and a most recent was being chosen as the #1 Female Americana vocalist in The Alternate Root International Readers’ poll.
Examiner spoke with Ohlman via telephone to ask her a couple of questions about her return to Boston.
Amy Nachbar: Why is the Boston audience special for you?
Christine Ohlman: Boston is a very special place to me. I spent my college years at Boston University (the ultimate party town!) and bands like the Neighborhoods and The Del Fuegos are special favorites. Glad to call Dan Zanes a friend now. Can’t wait to rock such a great town!
AN: What was the one career hi-lite when you knew, ‘this is what I was meant to do’?
CO: The first time I heard Ray Charles, which was quite a while ago, I knew I was born to sing that kind of music. The Rolling Stones cemented it for me.
AN: Can you share some memorable experiences from over the years?
CO: My career has given me so many opportunities to be on stage with great performers. It continues with my headlining, “Music City Roots” on PBS, with Bonnie Bramlett and the McCrary Sisters. We are taping in Nashville and the show will air in June. I call it, an all diva line up.
Another moment was having George Harrison come over and politely introduce himself to me at Madison Square Garden rehearsals; Johnny Cash coming into a dressing room once looking for Rosanne and having us all fall out laughing; and a Carnegie Hall show with Ian Hunter. There have been so many fabulous memories. I am intensely grateful, each and every day.
For ticket information for Ohlman’s March 26 show at Amazing Things Art Center visit their website or call: (508)405-2787