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June 5, 2013

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OVER THE RHINE
P.O. Box 12078
Cincinnati, OH 45212

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 awhile, but she used her soft mouth and set it down when Karin asked her to. I took it over to the maple grove, and it happily flew away, its young life still in tact, its dark eyes glittering. (I’m not sure that it knew until that moment that it could fly.)
 
I’m now sitting in our little writing shack. Karin and I had always dreamed of having a writing shack, a simple room inspired by the likes of Dylan Thomas etc. We were able to put the finishing touches on the old springhouse just before our farm concerts, and we now have this simple room with a view. We’ve been living here on Nowhere Farm for eight plus years, and it took every bit of that to restore this old shed little by little. The folks who attended our farm concerts (from near and far) christened it for us by signing our guestbook.
 
If I have a memoir in me, it will be written in this room. If I don’t, I will find out I don’t in this room. And maybe I’ll get that first book of poems together as well. If all the new songs leave room…
 
The first ever Nowhere Farm gatherings were lovely. We put up a big top tent, and strung some lights along the paths, and Greer hand-painted signs on cedar shakes to keep everyone pointed in the right direction. Chuck from La Terza served world-class cappuccinos. We grilled some gourmet hot dogs for a late night snack, and the cookie carry-in was out of the park. It was very moving to offer the songs to those with ears to hear on the very soil they grew out of. At the very least, we will probably try to make this an annual event, and who knows, maybe the next time we can do a “barn raising” with an Amish crew… Take another step toward having a permanent venue/structure out here. Thanks for the inspiration.
 
The new double album that many of you helped us make has been mastered, and we are now in the manufacturing/set up phase, which takes awhile.
 
Meet Me At The Edge Of The World.
 
The official release date is September 3, 2013. Those that pitch in to help us record (catch and release) receive the music early.
 
Can’t wait for you to hear. It feels very much like the start of a new chapter. Stay tuned at overtherhine.com
 
We didn’t have much time to bask in the afterglow, because last wknd we flew to Colorado for three concerts. An amazing trip that began in Ouray, and ended in Boulder via Denver… Thank you to all who found us – it really was stunningly beautiful to make the drive from Durango to Ouray, and then drive up to Denver. We’ve made some good friends in the shadows of those mountains. You all have a beautiful state. We hope to come back soon.
 
It’s been a busy spring, and the weather was a little chilly for awhile, so we are finally going to plant our vegetable garden this evening. Should grow like gangbusters now that the ground has warmed up.
 
We have a number of shows throughout the summer where we will be previewing songs from the new record as well as the tried and true. And we are happy to announce that on the first official leg of the Meet Me At The Edge Of The World Tour, (September) we will be joined by kindred spirits – a very inspiring duo to be sure, Kenneth and Joey, aka The Milk Carton Kids. Looking forward to the communion.
 
Let’s get together soon.
 
Peace like a river, love like an ocean,
 
Linford and Karin
 
Over the Rhine 2013 Summer Concerts
 
* M A R K  Y O U R  C A L E N D A R S *
 
This wknd!
 
Friday, June 7, Hudson, NY, Club Helsinki
Saturday, June 8, Northampton, MA, Iron Horse Music Hall
 
Saturday, June 22, Nelsonville, OH, Stuart’s Opera House (come see us in the heart of the Appalachians, not far from home)
 
Friday, July 12, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Winnipeg Folk Festival (our first time!)
 
Saturday, July 20, Akron, OH, Musica (seated show)
Sunday, July 21, Charleston, WV, Mountain Stage – Culture Center Theater
Monday, July 22, Lexington, KY, Woodsongs
 
Saturday, July 27, Calgary, Alberta, Calgary Folk Festival (near where Linford went to High School in Three Hills. Lookin’ forward!)
 
Sunday, August 11, Nashville, TN, 3rd & Lindsley (WRLT broadcast)
 
Friday, August 23, Decatur, GA, Eddie’s Attic
Saturday, August 24, Duluth, GA, Red Clay Theatre
 
Meet Me At The Edge Of The World Official Release Date: September 3, 2013
 
Meet Me At The Edge Of The World Hometown Release Concert: Cincinnati, OH, Coney Island Moonlight Gardens, Friday, September 13 (tickets on sale soon)
 
Meet Me At The Edge Of The World Tour Dates, Leg One, with very special guests, The Milk Carton Kids: (tickets on sale soon)
 
Friday, September 20, Chicago, IL, Park West
Saturday, September 21, Grand Rapids, MI, Calvin College
Sunday, September 22, Milwaukee, WI, Turner Ballroom
 
Tuesday, September 24, Iowa City, IA, Englert Theatre
Wednesday, September 25, St. Louis, MO, Old Rock House
 
Friday, September 27, Minneapolis, MN, Cedar Cultural Center
Saturday, September 28, Madison, WI, Majestic Theatre
 
More dates (Northeast and West Coast TBA soon. Stay tuned at overtherhine.com)
 
Rave on.