Saturday Night Live's Christine Ohlman On Blues Music & Slow Dancing With Chris Farley

Jun 6, 2013

What can you say about the Blues? Maybe more than any other musical form, it exists to explore the ineffable -- and to guide us almost wordlessly along that corridor connecting sorrow to joy.

In the precinct of music and emotions, the blues are that one phone call you can make when you're under arrest and have no place to turn. They'll lift you up and out of your cell without letting you know why.  So today, we'll talk about the blues with one of its ecstatic practitioners. Born in the Bronx, Christine Ohlman started her blues career right out of New Haven. Since then, she has worked with everybody, even overdubbing for the Rolling Stones. She's possibly most famous for her two decades singing with the Saturday Night Live Band, and, with Hartford bracing for a blues festival (and a rainstorm), she seemed like just the person to talk to. You can join the conversation. E-mail colin@wnpr.org or tweet us @wnprcolin. ***This program was engineered by WNPR's Eugene Amatruda***