Letters

June 5, 2013

Dear extended musical family,   It’s a gorgeous spring day here on the farm, warm and sunny but with a cool breeze. A song sparrow has been stealing the show all morning next to the back porch, its liquid whistle rippling the air. Minnie Pearl picked up a baby starling and carried it around for […]

March 17, 2013

Hello friends,   Do you believe in coincidences?   Here’s what.   I was invited to contribute an essay to a journal called IMAGE on the word “human.” (If you’re curious you can read the essay here:)   http://imagejournal.org/page/journal/articles/issue-75/human   (And a follow up interview with readers here:)   http://imagejournal.org/page/news/ask-linford-detweiler?comment=14691   I didn’t really know […]

November 1, 2012

Dear extended musical family, Might want to pour a glass of something good and settle in. You know me. Karin and I have been writing songs together for over 20 years now and recently celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary. You would think that after so long there would not be many “firsts” left to experience. […]

September 4, 2012

Dear ones, Hope you all had a good Labor Day weekend. Is it just me or are there strong hints of autumn everywhere?  The birds have gone mostly quiet in the mornings.  The staghorn sumac is already turning crimson, the field of golden rod is starting to turn, evening mist is creeping into the low […]

April 1, 2012

Hello again friends,   It has been good to watch the many tiny miracles we refer to as ‘spring’ reveal themselves yet again here on Nowhere Farm. The buds and blooms (and birds) arrived early this year. As March now winds down, and the crescent moon climbs higher in its dark and curving dance with […]

January 28, 2012

Hello again, Well, 2012 has fully arrived; a new year circled the earth and found each of us, and here we are again, well on our way, ready or not, moving into what lies ahead. The turning of the year has always felt like a sacred moment to me. Before I was married, I would […]

November 25, 2011

Greetings extended musical family, It’s a crisp sunny morning in Ohio. Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. Karin spread the table here at home yesterday for just the two of us: Nowhere Farm Thanksgiving Menu 2011 Chicken stuffed with garlic, onions and rosemary (basted and infused w/Sauvignon blanc and citrus stock)Homemade gravyMashed potatoesChestnut fig dressingFordhook […]

October 25, 2011

THE LETTER: There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It […]

September 21, 2011

Dear friends, The hummingbirds are history.  Karin tends her feeders all summer and the porch thrums continuously. And then one day in September, they vanish.  The wild asters are finally blooming: the last flower of summer.  And the field of golden rod is alive with honeybees. You walk a mown path and the whole world […]

July 30, 2011

Dear extended musical family, Hello from Santa Fe – where we just lingered over a gorgeous brunch at Pasqual’s, with dear friends Barry Moser and Emily Crowe. Wrote the letter below a few days ago at the farm, but didn’t get it mailed before we hopped on the plane… xo. +++ Woke up this morning […]

June 11, 2011

Dear extended musical family, Well, after 20-some-odd years in the music business, songwriting, recording, releasing projects,touring in the USA and abroad, performing on radio stations, the occasional tv show, on moving trains, on a ship at sea, outdoor festivals, headlining our own Over the Rhine shows, supporting more well-known artists on the road, being on and off record labels, running our own label along the way at […]

May 17, 2011

Dear friends, compatriots, co-conspirators, fellow travelers, A late night dispatch from the farm… One year ago today, Karin and I walked into The Garfield House in South Pasadena, California, for the first time. Many of you who had found Over the Rhine’s music and given it a good life had stepped forward in advance of […]

April 20, 2011

Greetings friends, Hello from Ohio. We returned home from tour, loaded in the suitcases and guitars and I immediately took an after dark walk around the farm. I had forgotten the physical sensation of feeling bright moonlight on my face with eyes closed. The robins build their nests, but put no eggs in them for […]

March 22, 2011

Hello from Ohio, Hope you’re enjoying Spring so far. This past Saturday night, we gathered with a few friends on Nowhere Farm to watch the swollen perigree moon rise. And rise!  Then we moved to what Karin likes to call her Winter’s Funeral Pyre. Earlier, we had gathered up armloads of fallen branches out of […]

February 14, 2011

Hello friends, Last year when an ice storm came through this part of Ohio, it turned our 5-acre field of waist-high frozen weeds into a junkyard of discarded chandeliers. Every growing thing was leaning over, bending a knee, covered in heavy glass. There it all was the next morning, sparkling in the sun. I had […]

December 14, 2010

Over the Rhine Big Weekend/New Record Hello friends, I’m sitting alone at the Iris Book Café on Main Street in the neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine on a dark, December, Tuesday night. Baby It’s Cold Outside. Karin is running her bundled errands in the city. We spent her birthday at home yesterday, happy to be back safely […]

December 5, 2010

Hello friends, I’m sitting in an Irish Pub in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I can hear the distant hum and roar of Sunday football up by the bar, but I found a quiet corner in the back near the fireplace, which is crackling happily. Strands of white Christmas lights are strung above the stone hearth. A […]

October 26, 2010

Greetings friends, It’s a blustery fall day out here on Nowhere Farm. I made the coffee dark and strong, and Karin and I sat on the porch swing for awhile. Five deer crossed the road at the edge of our property. A redtail hawk was flying low over the fields. The leaves of the towering […]

August 16, 2010

Over the Rhine, Update, THE LONG SURRENDER,September Concerts, Conversations on a Musical Train Hello friends, If you knew how many times I have sat at my desk to start a letter to you all, you would laugh. Sometimes life is too big to write down, too saturated with significance, too sad, too happy, too much. […]

May 14, 2010

Hello from Ohio, The coffee is made and goes down dark and smooth on a cool gray Spring morning. The dogs are outside. (We had never seen this before but they actually treed a groundhog yesterday. He was about 25 feet up a black locust tree when I came out to see what the ruckus […]

April 23, 2010

Hello extended musical family, Might want to pour a cup of something good and settle in. You know it always takes me at least four pages to say a proper hello. Hope you are well. Many thanks to all of you who were able to join us at our recent concerts down South and beyond: […]

March 1, 2010

Hello friends, This morning as I was walking the dogs on the paths – that is before Elroy and Porter took off and chased the neighbor dog over a mile down the road, heading East, we won’t talk about that (Karin saw what happened, put her coat on over her pajamas, started the car and […]

November 24, 2009

Hello extended musical family, Happy Thanksgiving! Might want to sit down, pour a glass of something good, and get cozy. Over the Rhine arrived safely home from the West Coast. A wonderfully warm, SOLD OUT crowd awaited us in Denver at the Soiled Dove. Thanks for making us feel so welcome and for your generosity. […]

October 29, 2009

Hello friends, Clouds of leaves were fluttering down this morning in the breezy fall sun. The normally contemplative cattle dog began barking at the wind, challenging the change in the weather. He runs back and forth along the three-board fence for the sheer pleasure of it, restless with nameless joy. It’s supposed to get up […]

October 6, 2009

Hello extended musical family, How in the world are you? (You might want to pour a glass or mug of something good, sit back and get comfortable.) It’s October in Ohio. Our little piece of slow curving earth is changing right in front of our eyes everyday. Color is slipping into the faces of the […]

July 15, 2009

Hello friends and extended musical family, It’s been a beautiful summer so far. Hope you’re enjoying it. I woke up at 7:15 and gave everything in the vegetable garden a drink.Karin watered all of her flowerbeds last night. We’ve been eating cucumber salads and making pesto and last week we tooktwo laundry baskets full of […]

April, 2009

Hello friends and extended family, I know of a glass blower who gets up every morning in the dark to do his work. Before the world wakes up, before the phone starts ringing, in the sacred remains of the night when all is still, he gathers and begins to fuse his raw materials: the breath […]

February 5, 2009

Hello friend, Over the Rhine is setting out to find a little midwinter inspiration. We’re looking for a dash of warmth on the inside, a timeless tune, a little laughter and conversation. We’re going to drive and watch the winter go by and make ghosts with our breath on the cool glass as we look […]

November 27, 2008

Hello friends, Happy Thanksgiving from sunny Southern Ohio. I tried writing this on the porch swing, but it’s just a little too chilly around the edges. This is our last day on the farm before Over the Rhine’s Snow Angels Tour 2008 commences on the West Coast. We had four beautiful deer grazing in the […]

September 2, 2008

Greetings dear listeners, This first day of September feels like a new beginning. Here we are hunkered down on our little farm in Southern Ohio. What will happen next? Some of you no doubt heard that we cancelled our recent trip to Colorado because of a health setback. We missed you. But there’s no place […]

July 18, 2008

Greetings dear listeners, Just a quick update to say that Live From Nowhere Volume Three was mixed and mastered a while back, but we’re still waiting on the finished copies from the manufacturer.  Wait, wait, wait. Last year, give or take, we released four projects: Snow AngelsLive From Nowhere Volume TwoDiscount FireworksThe Trumpet Child This […]

April 30, 2008

Dear listener, Hello, this is Linford from Over the Rhine. Thanks for pre-ordering your copy of Live From Nowhere Volume Three. (Hard to believe we’re up to Volume Three already.) We do appreciate the support immensely. As my wife and partner in crime, Karin, still likes to say, Without you, we’d be homeless. It’s true. […]

February 21, 2008

Hello again, We stood outside last night in the freezing air on snow so cold that it squeaked when we walked and watched the total eclipse of the full moon.  (I’ll try not to break into verse.) The shadow coming across her lunar face was eery, turning her into an overripe blood orange, or a ball-shaped wound that […]

January 27, 2008

Hello again from Ohio… Ahh, it’s a new year, still. It’s been freezing cold on Nowhere Farm for weeks – temperatures hovering well below freezing, short days, long nights, weather that tempts us to mostly stay indoors, try to stay cozy, draw relaxed, extravagant hot baths in the evenings, snuggle on the couch with sleepy […]

November 16, 2007

Hello all,  We returned home to the farm to chilly fall weather. The old maples had waited for us: they still had their leaves and have slowly blushed crimson and rusty yellow in the last week or so as if on cue. The first mildly shocking thing upon arriving home was the absence of birds […]

November 1, 2007

Rounding 3rd and Heading for Home Hello all, Just a quick late night note from Philly to say thanks for an unforgettable tour — undoubtedly the best of our career so far. We covered so many miles of beautiful country since late July, and those of you who attended the concerts have been inspiring and […]

October 3, 2007

Over the Rhine’s Ohio Homecoming Greetings all, Hello from sunny St. Louis. After a memorable, truly spectacular run down the West Coast from Seattle to San Diego, past redwoods and whales, we headed east through the desert, watched an eery, violet sunset, greeted a massive moon rising, waved at Pike’s Peak, woke to the morning […]

September 11, 2007

Hello everyone, We built the last fire of September on Nowhere Farm this past Sunday evening. Opened a good bottle of wine, sat by the fire, looked at the Ohio milky way spilled extravagantly over the ancient maples. I took the last bike ride of September yesterday evening on my little six mile route through […]

August 28, 2007

Back From Europe Ready for the Next Chapter Hello from Nowhere Farm, We flew back from Belfast Sunday evening, arrived home safely to acouple of grinning dogs and a swaggering cat. Last night, Karin came bursting through the screen door and said, “Drop everything, come quick.” I ran outside, and we watched a plump, golden, full […]

July 2, 2007

Hello from Nowhere Farm, It’s a cool, bright summer morning, a delicious breeze is bending the locust trees, three hummingbirds are hovering around Karin’s feeder here on the back porch, Elroy is stretched out at my feet, Shakey, our Weimaraner, is off exploring. The chipping sparrows have another nest with three grouchy baby birds in […]

April, 2007

Over the Rhine Quick Update 1. It’s springtime in Ohio. The grass is green, green, green. The maples are covered in buds. But I overheard two women speaking yesterday, and they said we might get snow later in the week. And to think that the cherry trees are already in blossom. 2. Thanks to all […]

March 10, 2007

Over the Rhine Spring Update Letter: Not a long way from OK. Karin and I are lounging this afternoon drinking coffee, doing some writing, a little reading. In Shawnee, Oklahoma. (And it’s Springtime to boot – seventy degrees, sunny, bright.) Might want to grab a cup of coffee yourself and settle in somewhere comfortable. This […]

December 14, 2006

Hello fellow travelers, Just a quick hello and a note to let you know what’s shakin’… We’ve had a great time on the road these last few weeks and in spite of the fact that there’s a nasty bug going around, we’re fighting back. We’re strong when we’re together. And we’re lookin’ forward to seeing […]

November 25, 2006

Hello again, Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. We’ve been having beautiful Indian Summer weather in Ohio. Sunny, mild… At night the stars have been bright and close, Orion’s sword pointed at the roof of the farmhouse. We’ve seen one twinkling star or planet (we’re overdue for a refresher map of the night sky) […]

November 10, 2006

Hello, Hello, It’s been awhile. (Might want to get comfortable, pour a glass of something… This could take a little time.) How have you been? It’s an unseasonably warm November day today in Ohio. The fog snuck up all around the farmhouse in the wee hours this morning – we couldn’t even see the barn […]

May 27, 2006

Hello again, We wake up on Nowhere Farm on a Saturday morning and let the dogs out. Mist lying in the fields, bobwhite whistling from hidden places, doves bending a few notes from slender throats… Hummingbirds darting up to the back porch and hovering on a single vibrating note, like tiny musical instruments with invisible […]

April 24, 2006

Hello everyone, Springtime. Hope all is well. Thought we’d pass along a little overdue news from Nowhere. (Might want to get comfortable: it’s a long one. If you just want the Over the Rhine tour dates, skip to the end.) First, here’s the part that was written in March: We’re home again, sitting at the […]

February 26, 2006

Hello from Nowhere, It’s a beautiful winter morning in Southern Ohio, bright, crisp and cold. Elroy and I walked on the paths, and he’s had his breakfast. We saw no rabbits. Karin is about to put the coffee on. The house is waking up slowly. The winter Olympics hockey final is LIVE on TV. Finland […]

February 7, 2006

Just a quick hello and the latest from Over the Rhine: The limited edition Over the Rhine CD (LIVE from Nowhere, Volume One) is mixed and mastered. We feel like this little collection of concert recordings far exceeded our expectations. We’re quite sure you’ll be tickled at what we were able to bottle. Sonically, it […]

January 4, 2006

Rambling Tour Diary – And a Glimpse of 2006 Once again, Hello from Nowhere Farm, Happy New Year. The quilted earth is asleep out here, steeped in winter moisture beneath a soft gray sky. We wanted to send some words your way to thank you all once again for making our December tour better than […]

November 16, 2005

Hello from Nowhere Farm, (No-where, or now-here, you decide.) There’s a lot going on. We’ll try to be brief. As a friend once sang, Life is strange, life is good, life is all that it should be… *** Come see Over the Rhine this weekend… Thursday, November 17, at the Kent Stage (a lovely old […]

October 20, 2005

Hello from Nowhere Farm, A Stray Dog’s Life is Good Enough For Me… Today is Friday, October 7, 2005. There’s a different kind of chill in the air today. It’s a gray day, breezy, and wet through and through with gentle rain. Change is afoot. The grass is green. The grass loves this cooler weather. […]

August 19, 2005

Pour me a glass of wineTalk deep into the nightWho knows what we’ll find Intuition, deja vuThe holy ghost haunting youWhatever you gotI don’t mind I was born to laughI learned to laughThrough my tears I was born to loveI’m gonna learn to loveWithout fear “Born” (c) Over the Rhine, from the new release “Drunkard’s […]

July 27, 2005

Nowhere Farm Hello, It’s a breezy July Wednesday morning, and a breeze on our little farm is a significant gift. First of all, we haven’t seen a car all morning, so the air is well worth breathing deeply. It’s a sensation closer to drinking than breathing. Second, the locust trees have been an unexpected surprise. […]

May 8, 2005

Hello fellow travelers, Hello from Nowhere Farm. I sit in the morning sun of a Sunday with my thick, cream-colored mug of Karin’s fresh-brewed coffee. Here I am on the back porch of our new 170-year-old house. I look out across hundreds and hundreds of acres of undulating farm fields at a woods full of […]

February 25, 2005

Hello from Ohio, There’s a chicken hawk that has been shadowing the neighborhood of Norwood these last few weeks. The pigeons have never been so nervous. The hawk doesn’t really fly. It hurtles in perfect silence from some high vantage point, slices the air outside of our kitchen windows, rounds the corner of the house […]

February 11, 2005

Goodbye Grey Ghost Hello fellow travelers, Another overcast, chilly winter day here in Ohio. Hopefully all the clouds just mean that nature is stirring up some cosmic cookie dough in the sky. Hopefully the sun will come out before too long, and we’ll have spring, fresh out of the oven. I love snow, but this […]

December 22, 2004

Dear Apples, Rhinestoned Cowboys, Lostees, Friends, Fans and Folks, We are home again, home again, jiggity jig, in the midst of a winter storm — our first of the year — and the timing couldn’t be better. God seemed to smile on our travel this season. Unbelievable weather for driving, touring. And the shows — […]

November 27, 2004

Hello fellow travelers, It’s a rainy November Saturday night in Ohio. Big moon last night behind naked oak branches. Roaring fire in our back yard under crisp star-sprinkled sky. Tonight, cold and wet outside, so we sit in a warmly lit kitchen. And wouldn’t you know, we’re listening to our new record. Giving it a […]

September 15, 2004

Subject: Northern Spy #41 Hello from the attic of the Grey Ghost… 1. Fall is our reward for living in Ohio. A swing state. A battleground state. Whee! 2. This past Saturday we played The Black Swamp Arts Festival in Bowling Green, Ohio. Gorgeous day, great crowd, some familiar faces. (Big college football game down […]

July 8, 2004

Hello from OHIO, It’s a breezy summer day here at the Grey Ghost, not too hot, bright skies, wispy clouds. Tracy just brought the kids over for a swim this afternoon. We’ve got a big round galvanized watering trough full of fresh water under the grape vines in the backyard. It’s rather small as swimming […]

March 3, 2004

Hello from OHIO, We thought we’d send a long overdue update letter your way regarding the goings on here in this gently sloping orchard called Over the Rhine. It’s not hard to believe in the idea of Spring these days. Something about the way the air smells, the light lingering longer in the evenings, the […]

November 27, 2003

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, Just a quick note to bring you up to date on a few things. First, thanks to all of you who sent words of encouragement our way when we decided to postpone part of our Fall tour. Your sweetness and wisdom meant alot. The break was much needed, however unfortunate the timing. […]

October 28, 2003

People talkin’, keep on walkin’… Lucinda Williams Hello again, This is humbling and hard to write but necessary. We’ve been having the most amazing tour musically this year and we extend our deepest gratitude to all of you who joined us at the concerts in the past five weeks or more. The people we are […]

October 22, 2003

Over the Rhine: Upcoming dates, volunteers etc Hello from OHIO, We’re home once again for a tiny break. We start our trip heading West this Friday: save a bus bunk for me. It’s been exciting and rewarding to take these new songs out on the road this Fall and let them explode in concert. Thanks […]

September 16, 2003

Hey y’all, Hello from OHIO. Well, it’s just about time. Our suitcases are lying open in the bedroom. There’s a hint of crisp Fall weather in the air. The squirrels in the backyard have been stuffing black walnuts in unlikely places. The clouds have had a deep blue backdrop of late and breezes to skid […]

September 1, 2003

Note from Karin: Hello everyone and thank you so much for coming out this weekend in support of the release of ‘OHIO’. You gave us much to be thankful for. I can’t tell you how great it felt to be able to see you all, and of course, how amazing it was to play our […]

July 1, 2003

Hello everyone, It’s been a long time. Hope you’re all doing well this summer. Just a short update for now. Over the Rhine has finished a new double album. It’s called OHIO. OHIO contains 20 new songs and over 90 minutes of music. If you have as much fun listening as we had recording, it’s […]

December 21, 2002

Howdy, Today is a blustery, bright December day in Ohio. We wanted to take a few moments to wish you all happy holidays. We returned home safely from our Christmas tour and have been reflecting on how much we enjoyed ourselves. Thanks to all of you who attended the shows and (heavens to Betsy) to […]

December 5, 2002

Well folks, It’s time. There is snow outside. Highs in the low-20’s today. Towns w/o power in the south and parts of the Midwest. Yes, it’s time for Over the Rhine to hit the road. Quite often, prior to these December tours, Karin and I look at each other and say, What were we thinking? […]

November 21, 2002

Hello all, The towering oak tree in the corner of our backyard has been messing with me. I know that many oaks are funny about their leaves. The black walnut is bare. The sycamore across the street is newly white-limbed. The lilac bush is nothing but nude. The catalpas in the park are up to […]

October 24, 2002

Hello from Ohio, The Grey Ghost, the 111-year-old wooden house we call home, is being poked and prodded, scraped and scrubbed. A new coat of paint has been a long time coming, and she’s going to look pretty good in her new grey gown. The sun hit the gable just right yesterday, and we could […]

October 17, 2002

Hello everyone, Hope all is well. Karin and I drove to Hagerstown, Maryland, yesterday. We have concerts this evening (10/17) in Vienna, Virginia, tomorrow (10/18) at Messiah College (near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) and then Saturday (10/19) in Pittsburgh. If you can join us, check out overtherhine.com for more details. We’d love to see you. We couldn’t […]

September 18, 2002

Hello from Ohio, It’s high time we checked in with you all. Autumn is just around the corner. Sign me up. We arrived back safely from Europe. It’s good to be home. We got to spend most of a week with Jack and Hazel and Finlay at their cottage in Lead Hills, Scotland. Scotland was […]

June 29, 2002

Greetings campers, It’s summertime and I rarely walk out of the house without pausing to pull a small weed or two out of one of the flowerbeds. Jack says a weed is just a flower growing in the wrong place, but he’s not a gardener, as of yet. Quack grass is not a flower under […]

May 14, 2002

Hello everyone, Before the laundry, before unpacking, before giving the dog her much needed bath, before I plunge into the salty wave of the mundane that is the stuff of life, I want to first pause and say thank you to all of you who came out to support us on the west coast. Many […]

April 10, 2002

To our extended, ragtag musical family strewn about the world, greetings. The weather has been all over the map here in Ohio this Spring: early last week it was 75 degrees Farenheit, then it dipped down to the upper 20’s, and we woke one morning to snow that looked like powdered sugar sprinkled on a […]

January 23, 2002

Hello, Happy January. This is Linford taking a moment to send a few quick words your way. I hope your year has been a good one so far. Karin and I have spent quite a few days in Barnesville, Ohio, where she grew up, packing up her mother’s belongings, getting the house ready to sell. […]

November 28, 2001

Hello everyone, The late November sky in Ohio is a gray goosedown comforter flung gently over our town, held aloft by leafless trees. It rained before the sun came up. The branches are dark and slick and feminine. An American flag ripples gently on a front porch down the street. A housewife backs her car […]

October 10, 2001

Hello again, We have gotten many dozens if not hundreds of perplexed letters from fans of the band over the years that have expressed dismay, lack of comprehension, amusement, disgust or grave offence over things they have read on the Over the Rhine discussion list. And we’ve watched the list shrink over the years to […]

October 10, 2001

Hey folks, It’s Linford here with a quick update for you all. First, Karin sends her thanks for the heartfelt words of encouragement that so many of you took time to send regarding her mother’s health. They meant more than you know. Look for a longer update from Karin as things continue to progress. Karin’s […]

August 20, 2001

As we walked off stage after our concert in Hoboken, New Jersey, this past Thursday, we received word that Karin’s mother had suffered a serious stroke and wasn’t responding. Because no flights were available, we checked out of our room in NYC and drove through the night back to Ohio. Upon arrival, we learned that […]

July 26, 2001

Hello fellow travelers, A welcome breeze blew in yesterday evening. The trees waved goodbye to the heat as things cooled down a bit. I love how they turn their leaves inside out in expectation. This morning the world is grey and it looks as if the rain could stay awhile. I’m in the attic again. […]

June 3, 2001

Hello folks, I’m stealing a rare moment at home in the attic of the Grey Ghost to write this brief letter of thanks, and to let you know a little of what the rest of the year holds for us. First of all, to those of you who joined us at any of the 50 […]

March 12, 2001

Films For Radio Pre-order update Hello everyone, Thanks to all of you who took time during February to pre-order a copy of Films For Radio. Almost 2000 of you took time to call or write in advance for your signed and numbered copy. Thanks for your generosity and enthusiasm. Good things have been happening with […]

February 6, 2001

Films For Radio Red Light Special: Whoa! Hello again everyone,The phones have been ringing off the hook at the office. It’s like trying to win tickets on the radio to the Reading Festival in England or something. So glad that so many of you are looking forward to this recording. Thank you so much for […]

February 5, 2001

Overwhelming to some, Addicting to many… Hello everyone. I guess it’s really going to happen. This morning we received a box of pre-releases: final versions of Over the Rhine’s new record, Films For Radio. CDs with final artwork will follow shortly. The official due date is March 13, 2001. I’m not sure how to feel. […]

November 28, 2000

Give Me Strength Hello to all of you who have been asking where you can find a recording of Karin’s performance of the song “Give Me Strength” as featured on NBC’s Third Watch. (We’ve been deluged with inquiries.) We have good news and bad news. The bad news is the song has not yet been […]

November 26, 2000

Hello from the attic, These gray November days bathe everything in gray: my thoughts, my dreams, my world. I was talking to a friend on Thanksgiving morning after running five miles (Jim Wilson) who said he was going to try to write eight good songs by Christmas (and he was hopeful), but the hard part […]

September 8, 2000

Over the Rhine – Press ReleaseConey Island Moonlight Gardens ConcertCincinnati, OhioFriday, September 15, 2000Doors open @ 7pm, Showtime @ 8pmWith Special guests Ticklepenny Corner and BrownhouseTickets available at all Ticketmaster locations… Virgin/Backporch recording artists Over the Rhine will be taking a break from putting the finishing touches on their new album long enough to perform […]

March 28, 2000

Hello again, Just a quick note to invite you once again to join Over the Rhine on April 5th in New York City for a full day of music, dizzy heights and who knows what all. For those of you who would like to be part of the studio audience for Over the Rhine’s performance […]

March 23, 2000

Hello again already, We realized after our office dispatched my letter yesterday that the paragraphs were butchered en route leaving a rag tag trail of words a mile long that looked as if they’d been drug along the bottom of the Ohio River all night by someone trolling for catfish. Now if you’re like me, […]

March 21, 2000

Dear Grace, It’s all greek to me. There may come a day when it is not enough to touch you with words. In the meantime, I choose them carefully and recklessly. I look for the curves and the pulse in the language and try to wrap something around you that will warm you and cause […]

February 7, 2000

Welcome to the new Over the Rhine web site. Welcome home. You have found the definitive resource for all things Over the Rhine. We hope this trove of words and images will answer a few questions, raise a few eyebrows, make you smile and perhaps bring a tiny bit of the sea to your eyes […]

December 2, 1999

PRESS RELEASE: HOLIDAY CONCERT IMMINENT, OFFER OF NATIONAL RECORD DEAL ACCEPTED It has taken three years of hard work as an independent act, four independent records, an international tour with Cowboy Junkies and a lot of “Thanks, but no thanks” bargaining along the way, but once again, Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler of Over The […]

September 21, 1999

Hello again, Whole grain toast with red raspberry preserves from Oregon and orange juice for breakfast on a grey Monday morning – I’ll start writing and see how far I get before Karin wakes up and puts the coffee on. I want to thank all of you who made your way out to Coney Island […]

September 9, 1999

Dear Faithfully Dangerous, I am painting you. The rough textural handlings, the murky settings, the wholly original approach to oils, the treatment of light and shade. I am painting you. I’ve been profoundly affected by your meeting place for the avant-garde, peeling back the comfortable to expose a world. I am painting you. Large, figurative, […]

September 7, 1999

I don’t have the kind of temperament that burns out young – I’m a late bloomer. I hope to be painting when I’m 90 years old. – Alex Colville I’m sitting here by the lake on the edge of Toronto but I’m thinking of the river on the edge of Ohio. How many days until […]

September 1, 1999

Hello again, How have you been? This is Linford writing from Toronto, Ontario on a fabulously brisk morning, bright and airy, Northern and keen. I’ll be meeting Karin at 7pm tonight at one of our favorite little French restaurants in all the world, Le Select Bistro on Queen Street. We’ve grown fond of this city. […]

July 26, 1999

Hello, Karin and I just got to spend a day at home, a blazing hot Sunday in Ohio. (A friend of mine, Eric King, recently described this weather as “hotter than a Deuteronomy based sermon at a summer holiness camp meeting revival.”) As most of you know, Karin and I have been touring as members […]

May 5, 1999

Hello everyone, My sister Frances in San Francisco has a birthday today. All together now, “Happy Birthday Frances!” Thanks to all of you who were part of the 900-plus folks who slipped into Bogart’s the other night. We had big running-over buckets of fun sloshing that music all over each other, having the wind knocked […]

April 21, 1999

Hello, I’m up here in the attic again in the morning. If you were sitting here, I would hit you with a barrage of possibilities and watch your face. God bless you what is this? We will be releasing two CD’s at the Bogarts show this April 30 here in Cincinnati. The first is called […]

March 31, 1999

Hello again, I’ve set the timer for five minutes. The days are full beyond measure. Spring. Thanks again to all of you who sent words regarding our future. I will respond at length soon. It was heartening to find out just how much this curious adventure means to all of us. It’s certainly a story […]

March 17, 1999

Hello again, I just realized when I handed my handwritten scribbles to Stacie the other day, I missed a page. So here are a few additional words. When I got back from all that travelling with Cowboy Junkies early this February, I sat down over the course of a week or so and recorded a […]

March 12, 1999

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark. – Agnes De Mille I remember the first stroke: cobalt blue, […]

December 16, 1998

Over the Rhine: A new band is picking up fans as its music keeps rolling along. CBS This Morning Co-Anchor Mark McEwen calls Over The Rhine “one of the great unsung bands in America.” (CBS) Every once in a while, a great band sneaks up on you and, before you know it, you’re telling your […]

April 2, 1998

Dear Rhines, Hello again. Thanks to everyone who found us at Bogarts. You were a fine looking bunch. We had a good time getting the songs across even though as usual by the end of the night at that particular venue, the sound seemed to get more and more elusive on stage. I heard mixed […]

March 26, 1998

Hello e-mail Friends, This is Linford Detweiler. I’ve been thinking about shortening the last name to Wilder, but that’s neither here nor there. I’m writing to say, hello. It’s been a while. I have not been trapped under a large, heavy object. Shelly left town and I used to pass her notes in study hall, […]

May 15, 1997

Dear Near Misses Mine, “We could you know. We can live any way we want. People take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience – even of silence – by choice. The thing is to stalk your calling in a certain skilled and supple way, to locate the most tender and live spot and plug into […]

November 6, 1996

Folks, A few words to say hullo and what not. We’re home for a short spell from the Double Cure Fall Tour and frankly, well, we’ve had sweaty fun. We found ourselves in an odd assortment of rooms night after night which I’ve come to believe is not a bad thing (guessing is good) and […]

April 3, 1996

Dear Mason Jar Collectors, I’m sitting in the back room of Kaldi’s Coffeehouse and Bookstore on Main Street here in Cincinnati. I live more-or-less across the street and have for almost 8 years. Y’know, my third-story bedroom window and all that. The neighborhood has changed almost as much as I have… I’m drinking coffee and […]