In 1986, she signed to Rounder's Philo label, which issued Beau Woes and Other Problems of Modern Life, Another Woman's Man (a 1987 reissue of Husbands and Wives), Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind (1988), Attainable Love (1990), Compass (1991), and Live at the Cactus Cafe: What Was I Thinking? (1993). She moved to Shanachie Records in 1995, releasing Please Don't Make Me Too Happy and Shining My Flashlight on the Moon (1997). Then she set up her own record company, named after her website, christinelavin.com, and released One Wild Night in Concert (1998) and Getting in Touch with My Inner Bitch (2000) herself; that year, Rounder also released the Bellevue Years collection. In 2002, Lavin moved yet again, releasing I Was in Love with a Difficult Man on Redwing's Blind Pig label. A year later, she signed with Appleseed to issue the holiday effort Runaway Christmas Tree. The concert album Sometimes Mother Really Does Know Best followed just in time for Mother's Day in spring 2004. Lavin has also made a particular point of promoting the work of her contemporaries, notably on such collections as When October Goes, and with 1991's Buy Me Bring Me Take Me: Don't Mess My Hair!!!, she launched the part-time group Four Bitchin' Babes. In 2005, Folkzinger, her 17th solo album (and third for Appleseed Records), was released, and in 2006 she compiled and commissioned songs about food for the compilation One Meat Ball, on which Lavin sang the recipe for French toast bread pudding on a track of the same name.
Her own studio effort, Happydance of the Xenophobe, followed in 2007, with Cold Pizza for Breakfast arriving in 2009. The following year, Lavin published a memoir titled Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-Wha? and later collaborated with illustrator Betsy Franco Feeney on the environmentally inspired children's book Hole in the Bottom of the Sea. A collaborative live album, Christine Lavin & Friends: Live at McCabe's appeared in 2015, followed two years later by the studio album Spaghettification. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi