May 15, 1997

P.O. Box 12078
Cincinnati, OH 45212

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 that pulse. This is yielding, not fighting.

I think it would be well, and proper, and obedient, and pure, to grasp your one necessity and not let it go, to dangle from it limp wherever it takes you. Seize it and let it seize you up aloft even, till your eyes burn out and drop; let your musky flesh fall off in shreds, and let your very bones unhinge and scatter…”

Annie Dillard
Living Like Weasels

I could very calmly go wild this Spring. How about you? It’s embarrassing and beautiful, but an awful lot has happened. Have you heard? Some of you on this list
have kept abreast of the shipping hews, and some of you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. I know I don’t.

I’ll back up and slow down and hold still.
(I keep telling myself.)

Spare Change Anyone?

(Yeah, this is old news in some quarters, but, ready, set, go.)

1. I.R.S. Records, the record company that released Over the Rhine’s first three recordings, went out of business last summer.
2. Over the Rhine independently released two full-length recordings in the second half of 1996: GOOD DOG BAD DOG The Home Recordings and The Darkest Night of the Year.
3.Ric subsequently turned in his apple-picking overalls, and left Over the Rhine after seven years as guitar-slinger, to pursue a solo career and to do some producing.
4.Brian left Over the Rhine for a spell and got engaged to be married, but returned in March to help Linford and Karin write the new swerving chapter of Over the Rhine.
5.Mike Georgin, formerly of Plow on Boy, is playing fretless bass in the new group.
6.We’ll be adding at least one new member in June.
7.Over the Rhine has opened up the archives (full of strange and sometimes compelling intimations from the last seven years) and compiled a third independent collection of unreleased songs, out-takes, “live” cuts (including ‘My Love is a Fever,’ and ‘If I’m Drowning,’) et cetera. This full length CD called *Besides* is available only to those who join the fan club. We wade into a river, immerse you, and you walk out a Rhinelander, dripping smiles in front of family and friends. Behold all things are become new.
8.And finally, work-in-progress or not, we’ve opened our map of the tiny world. We are venturing out again with tweed suitcases full of songs. For I have learned that a good song even partially dressed, can make me shiver and can discover places inside that I didn’t know were there… On a good night, a scantily-clad song can be even more alluring than a song fully clothed. Anyway, we’ll be looking for you. (The plot thickens.) We’ll be looking for your face in Chapter Two.

Bon Courage,
9.The Green Rat

Over the Rhine in Concert MAY DATES
(Sur le Rhin)

Friday, May 2, Schuba’s, Chicago, IL. Two shows: 8 pm, all ages welcome. 10 pm, 21 and over. With Mike Helm.
Thursday, May 8, Carnegie Theatre, Covington, KY.
Emmylou Harris with Over the Rhine.
Doors open at 7 pm. 8 pm show. (All ages.) Tickets available at Ticketmaster.
Friday, May 9, Jammin’ on Main, Cincinnati, OH.
8:05 – 8:50 Cinergy Stage (Between K’s Choice and Barenaked Ladies.)
Saturday, May 17, Canal Street Tavern, Dayton, OH.
Doors open at 8 pm. 9:30 show.
Sunday, May 18, Staches, Columbus. OH.
Doors 8 pm. Show 9pm. With Richard Buckner. (The club has a new location.)
Thursday, May 22, Cafe Milano, Nashville, TN.
Live broadcast with WRLT. 9:30 show.
Friday, May 23, Downstairs Cafe, Dallas, TX.
(This is in the basement of Wilshire Baptist Church.) Jump back we’re playing a Baptist Church Basement in Texas. Oh my! 7 pm Doors. With Barbara Kessler (7:45 – 8:15) Kirk James (8:30 – 9:15) and Over the Rhine (9:30 – 11:00ish.)
Saturday, May 24, Coffee Haus, Dallas, TX.
(6911 Hillcrest, across from S.M.U. Campus.) 3 pm, all ages welcome. Free acoustic set with Over the Rhine. (We bask in the afterglow, sip mochas, do a few naked tunes, hang out with you in Dallas.)
Sunday, May 25, EMO’s, Austin, TX.
Showtime 11:30 pm. This is a late all-ages show. Over the Rhine after midnight! Monday is a holiday.
Saturday, May 31, Congratulations Brian and Mallory.

A few other noteworthy gatherings:

On Friday June 20, 1997, Over the Rhine will officially be unveiling the new line-up at Bogarts. It looks like our old buddies from Athens, Georgia will join us.
Saturday, June 21, 1997, The Rhinelander Round-up. Stay tuned for details. (For Rhinelanders only.)
We’ll share a meal together, bring out some tall songs, play red rover and dash through some scenes from an Oscar Wilde play if we want.
Wednesday, July 2, 1997. C-Stone Fest, Bushnell, IL.
With The Electrics, Adam Again and The Call. (OTR 8:30-9:45 pm.)
Saturday, July 5, 1997, C-Stone Fest, Busnell, IL.
(OTR 6:30-7:45 pm. with guests.)

We’re off to Europe in August. That’s all we’re saying for now.