August 20, 2001

P.O. Box 12078
Cincinnati, OH 45212

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 a brain hemmorage had caused her to lose consciousness. Fortunately, she had been talking on the phone to a friend when this occurred, and an emergency crew was able to break into her house, resuscitate her, and get her to the emergency room. She was then transferred two hours away to the surgical intensive care unit of a large hospital. The right side of her body is showing signs of paralysis, but she has begun breathing without a respirator and the next few weeks will involve a lot of waiting to see what develops. (Barbara Bergquist is 69 years of age, and Karin is her only child.)

We are uncertain what will be possible for us this Fall at this point, but we have canceled some of our August dates so that we can focus on the important family decisions that will need to be made.

If you would like to send a note of support to Karin in the meanwhile, mail will be forwarded to her from this address:

Over the Rhine
P.O. Box 12078
Cincinnati, Ohio 45212

We’ll post any developments with the band’s schedule etc at overtherhine.com. Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated.

That’s all for now,