April 30, 2008

P.O. Box 12078
Cincinnati, OH 45212

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.

As you may have heard, we had a plan. We were going to finish our tour with Ani DiFranco mid-March of this year, return home, tie a bow on the LFN3 project, and send it off to the manufacturer so that we could ship them all out in April.

But then I got the call that no traveling musican ever wants to get on the road. My father passed away unexpectedly on March 15th, and I must admit I was completely caught off guard by this bit of unfortunate news. Other than Karin, my father was the character who had figured most prominently in my life. He was the one who brought home the upright piano and first recorded my childhood compositions. He was the one who discovered so much of the music that influenced me as a child. He was the one who wasn’t afraid to ask the big questions, and ask them often. I could go on. 

But after driving through the night from Birmingham to return home, there was my family asking me to write my father’s obituary.

There has been an incredible series of events since then, but it’s been a difficult chapter, a chapter for which I’ve had no rehearsal. I’ve started to write about it on various occasions so that I could bring everyone up to date, but I guess I’m not able to do that just yet. I take a good run at it, but I end up wandering outside after a few paragraphs to sit on the porch swing for awhile.

Dovetailing with the above was a health issue that became acute for Karin, which required surgery. So we decided to postpone some dates, and we were both in recovery for the most part for several weeks. Lying low at home, trying to heal up. I went for many a walk through the surrounding fields. Sometimes Elroy (our Great Dane) would follow along to try to keep my spirits up, although he seldom left the foot of Karin’s bed for her first several days of healing.

We played our first shows this past weekend at a favorite little venue here in Ohio, and it felt good and right to begin making music again together. But other than that, we haven’t been able to get a whole heckuva lot done. 

So, we’re going to need a little grace from you. Realistically, it’s probably going to be late June before we get this limited edition CD out the door. The good news: we’re going to work very hard to give all of you who pre-ordered some extra, free downloadable music and conversation that will hopefully make your wait worthwhile.

Again, thanks for pre-ordering, and please forgive the delay. As John Lennon once said, Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans. We’ll get there.


Linford and Karin

ps And of course, if the above doesn’t work, we’ll happily pass along a refund.