Christine Lavin (born January 2, 1952) is a New York City-based singer-songwriter and promoter of contemporary folk music. She has recorded numerous solo albums, and has also recorded with other female folk artists under the name Four Bitchin' Babes. She is known for her sense of humor, which is expressed in both her music and her onstage performances. Many of her songs alternate between comedy and emotional reflections on romance.

Christine Lavin
Ahrre Maros and Christine Lavin
Lavin with New Jersey coffee entrepreneur and music promoter Ahrre Maros in 2006.
Background information
Born (1952-01-02) January 2, 1952 (age 68)

Lavin worked at Caffe Lena in Saratoga, New York until Dave Van Ronk convinced her to move to New York City and make a career as a singer-songwriter. She followed his advice and accepted his offer of guitar lessons. She was the original host of Sunday Breakfast on WFUV in New York City and a founding member of the Four Bitchin' Babes when they were formed in 1990.[1]


  • The ASCAP 43rd Annual Deems Taylor Award for her book Cold Pizza For Breakfast: A Mem-Wha??, 2011
  • The ASCAP Foundation Jamie deRoy and Friends Award, 2010
  • Top 100 of the Most Influential Artists in the Last 15 Years, Singer Songwriter Magazine
  • Top 30 iPod Singer/Songwriters of Choice, WUMB, Boston 2006
  • ASCAP Composer Award 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Singer/Songwriter of the Year, Backstage Magazine, NYC 2001
  • Honorable Mention, NAIRD Singer / Songwriter Album of the Year, 1996: Please Don’t Make Me Too Happy
  • New York Music Award Folk Artist of the Year 1990, 1992
  • World Folk Music Association Kate Wolf Memorial Award 1990
  • NAIRD Folk Album of the Year, 1988: Good Thing He Can’t Read My Mind


  • Absolutely Live (1981; re-issued by Winthrop, 2000)
  • Future Fossils (Philo, 1984)
  • Beau Woes and Other Problems of Modern Life (Philo, 1986)
  • Another Woman's Man (Philo, 1987)
  • Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind (Philo, 1988)
  • Attainable Love (Philo, 1990)
  • Compass (Philo, 1991)
  • Live at the Cactus Cafe: What Was I Thinking? (Philo, 1993)
  • Please Don't Make Me Too Happy (Shanachie, 1995)
  • Shining My Flashlight on the Moon (Shanachie, 1997)
  • One Wild Night in Concert (1998)
  • Getting in Touch With My Inner Bitch (Christine Lavin, 1999)
  • The Bellevue Years (Philo, 2000)
  • The Subway Series (Christine Lavin, 2001)
  • Final Exam (2001)
  • I Was in Love With a Difficult Man (Redwing, 2002)
  • The Runaway Christmas Tree (2003)
  • Sometimes Mother Really Does Know Best [Live] (Appleseed, 2004)
  • folkZinger (Appleseed, 2005)
  • One Meat Ball (Appleseed, 2006)
  • The Runaway Christmas Tree (Appleseed, 2006)
  • Happydance of the Xenophobe (2007)
  • I Don't Make This Stuff Up, I Just Make It Rhyme (2008)
  • Cold Pizza for Breakfast (Yellow Tail Records, 2009)
  • If You're Drunk You Cannot Buy A Puppy (Christine Lavin, 2014)
  • Spaghettification (Christine Lavin, 2017)


  1. ^ Carlin, Richard (2005). American Popular Music: Folk. Infobase Publishing. p. 121. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2010-07-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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