Video by Joel Patterson
Live from Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, Christine Ohlman and her band Rebel Montez tell the tale behind the nearly forgotten soul song “Cry Baby Cry.”
Call it “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About ‘Cry Baby Cry’ But Were Afraid to Ask.” The first six minutes of the above video features Christine telling the story of how she stumbled upon an inconspicuous record at a tag sale, and how it changed her life. Finally at long last she plays with her band Rebel Montez their own luxuriously smooth rendition – stately, haunting and heartrending.
George Brantley, who with his brother sang the original 1968 version (credited as “Van & Titus”), was there in the crowd at Caffe Lena, and then afterwards they all sat around talking about the blues as an art form and music in general. As the credits roll, we listen to the original ole 45…