Over the Rhine

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Comprised of husband-wife duo Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist from native Cincinnati, Ohio, their music is aptly dubbed “post-nuclear, pseudo-alternative, folk-tinged art-pop.”  They have been included Paste magazine’s 100 best living songwriters.

Over the Rhine had already developed a large and intensely loyal following in their native Cincinnati, OH, before they independently released their first two albums, Till We Have Faces (1991) and Patience (1992).  They have been compared to 10,000 Maniacs, the Innocence Mission, U2, and Shawn Colvin, but the band’s personality seems to owe more to its literary influences (which include Dylan Thomas, C.S. Lewis, and T.S. Eliot). They drew attention to their independent albums with their attractively arty CD packaging, and when IRS signed them in 1992, Patience became the first album in the label’s history to be re-released with its original indie cover art.

Over the Rhine’s album The Long Surrender was released nationally on February 8, 2011 on OtR’s own Great Speckled Dog label. It was recorded in California with Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry, and contains a duet with Lucinda Williams on “Undamned” and two songs co-written with Joe Henry.

Over the Rhine borrowed their name from one of Cincinnati’s most colorful and controversial neighborhoods. From its earliest days, the area served as a port-of-entry for immigrants and, over the years, has become a melting pot where people strive to make better lives for themselves. It’s here in this storied neighborhood that Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler first began making their music, somehow imbuing it with the tattered but lovely craftsmanship and sense of history that surrounded them.

Over the Rhine has won the respect of many of their peers, including the Cowboy Junkies and Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan.  Their music has been referenced in such prime time television shows as The X-Files and Angel, and their songs have been heard on Third Watch, Felicity, Jack and Bobby and Mysterious Ways as well as on international compilations alongside artists such as Radiohead, Coldplay, and Dido.

For more information on this artist, visithttp://www.overtherhine.com/

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