February 6, 2001

P.O. Box 12078
Cincinnati, OH 45212

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 your enthusiasm. Orders have been pouring in. We are deluged with your kindness. We are drowning in good will. Grace has been put on hold, and joy has been monopolizing the call-waiting.

I guess my mysterious letter managed to confuse a few people, and we’re still not sure who got it and who didn’t. I’m told it hasn’t appeared in the archive. At least some people probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Yesterday’s letter will be posted at overtherhine.com soon, and the Films For Radio Pre-Order Special should be up and running on line by the end of the day at overtherhine.com. Please order on line using our Secure Server if you can. It will save Stacie a lot of work. Poor girl.

Karin had to hold the phone while she took a pee break.

A few quick clarifications: this special is running for the entire month of February. Come March 1st, it will be over, and there will be no more signed and numbered editions available. But it IS running for the entire month of February, so don’t panic if you didn’t get through today. We’ll sign and number the cd’s to fill however many orders we receive during the month of February, whether that ends up being 500 or 5000. (My hand hurts already.)

Stacie will ship these out so that they will be delivered to your door on March 13th. The cost is $15 per signed cd–we pay the shipping anywhere in the U.S.A. Foreign orders, please add $5 per cd for shipping and handling overseas etc.

One other quick aside: someone printed out a copy for us of an on-line article that was recently sent to the Over the Rhine discussion list. We had a wonderful time speaking with Jessica at Kaldi’s, but one part of the interview made me feel a little awkward when I saw it. The interview took place last November before our Christmas Tour, and since it was published well after the tour, I’m assuming the editors probably changed a few things in order to make it sound more recent.

Jessica was asking about the line-up that we were planning on taking out in December, and it hadn’t been confirmed yet at that time. I answered by saying something like Karin, Jack, Terri and myself and a drummer and a bass player. The editors changed the question to, Who did you take out on tour last December? They left the answer Karin, Jack, Terri and myself and a drummer and a bass player. In my mind, it sounded like, Oh, y’know, Karin, Jack, Terri, myself and some drummer and bass player–like who cares…

Well in case it matters to anyone besides me, we care! Just to clarify, the drummer was Dale Baker, and the bass player was Chris Donohue. If someone would have actually asked me after the tour who we took out, I would have named them with a big grin on my face, because they are a fantastic rhythm section that played such a wonderful part in making our tour last December so enjoyable and memorable. (Wade Jaynes filled in for Chris in Lafayette, Indiana and at The Taft in Cincinnati.)

We always seek to acknowledge the players that we’ve had the privilege of working with. And Dale and Chris are two of the best ever. Just thought I’d mention it.

Well, I better run along. We’ll see you on that Spring Tour that is going to take us to some bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, down to Austin where we’ll be drinking from those deep musical wells, and back to Chicago which a friend of mine just described as the #1 city in America for live music. I couldn’t think of a reason to argue.

Bon courage,

Linford Detweiler