A five-man band out of Boston,MA, Swinging Steaks are among the originators of the current roots rock/ alt.country movement. Fueled by singer/songwriters Jamie Walker, Tim Giovanniello, and Jim Gambino the group’s material explores a rich diversity of musical Americana from full tilt rockers to mandolin-driven melodies and soulful ballads. The Steaks’ second album, ‘Southside of the Sky’ introduced the band to a national audience with two top ten AAA radio singles and appearances on NBC-TV’s ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ and NPR’s ‘Mountain Stage’. Their four self-released albums, ‘Suicide at the Wishing Well’, ‘Shiner’, the live, acoustic ‘Bare’, and their latest ,’KickSnareHat’ have continued to expose the group to new audiences and garner them appearances at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon and Nashville Extravaganza. The Steaks have appeared with John Fogerty, Hank Williams,Jr., the Black Crowes, Poco, Los Lobos, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Paul Westerberg, The Band, Jason and the Scorchers among others and have toured extensively on their own. . Known as ‘The Beehive Queen’ for her outrageous, mile-high hairdo, Christine is the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band, who sang at SNL’s 25th Anniversary telecast, Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary bash at The Garden (with George Harrison, Chrissie Hynde, and others), the 2009 Obama Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C., The Lincoln Center ‘American Songbook’ series with Sting and Lou Reed, and the Central Park Summerstage Tribute To Janis Joplin (fronting both Big Brother & The Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues Band); 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 whenever possible with the aforementioned Miss Spector, as well as with blues legends Eddie Kirkland and Hubert Sumlin; 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 (Shrunken Heads); edited legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham’s autobiography 2Stoned and is a cover-story-writing contributor to Elmore Magazine; and worked with Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder & others on the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Awards–all the while continuing to torch 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, and 2010’s The Deep End, her first CD of original material in five years, featuring 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) with her band Rebel Montez (Michael Colbath-bass; Cliff Goodwin-guitar; Larry Donahue-drums).
Friday, December 8, 2023