November 27, 2008

P.O. Box 12078
Cincinnati, OH 45212

November 27, 2008

Hello friends,

Happy Thanksgiving from sunny Southern Ohio. I tried writing this on the porch swing, but it’s just a little too chilly around the edges. This is our last day on the farm before Over the Rhine’s Snow Angels Tour 2008 commences on the West Coast. We had four beautiful deer grazing in the front yard this morning. The two frisky yearlings were trying to get the older ones to play, but they were too watchful. The bluejays were curious. An illuminated cardinal absorbed and reflected sunlight from the top of a bare maple, an anonymous beacon, the tip of God’s paintbrush.

There are little surprises from time to time, but things get a little bleak, monochromatic out here when all the leaves come down in the fall. But then again, it’s revealing to see the structure of things underneath, the dark skeletal silhouettes of familiar trees, bare limbs veined against billowing skies.

The land rests in the winter after the harvest, and we come here to our little farm to rest.

But come tomorrow morning we’ll be flying to the city of Seattle and points beyond, and we love to feel that energy too. Someone said that the story of the peaceable Kingdom of God starts in a garden, and ends in a city. We’ve come to appreciate and need both.

I know of no better time of year to convene in warmly lit rooms for real music. There’s something about bundling in out of the cold and the dark of these late Fall evenings, and gathering together with friends and strangers alike for the simple grace of a song sung from the heart. 

What we really need this time of year is music.

We are thankful that we’ve been given the privelege of making music for coming right up on 20 years now. We’re glad we’ve found each other. We couldn’t have done it without the generous spirit of so many of you – some of you found the music in recent years, some of you found it years ago. Regardless we hope to see many of your faces once again in the coming weeks. Let’s lift a glass of something good together.

Please share this info freely with family and friends. Details (and much more) available at OvertheRhine.com.

Lookin’ forward,

Linford and Karin and the band and crew


(With Special Guest Jim Bianco)

(SOLD OUT) Saturday, November 29, Seattle, WA, THE TRIPLE DOOR
(SOLD OUT) Sunday, November 30, Seattle, WA, THE TRIPLE DOOR

(We love this venue, and we always look forward to visiting Seattle, but these shows have been sold out now for weeks. Easy road trip anyone? Please consider joining us in Portland at the beautiful Aladdin Theater, or in Klamath Falls at the beautiful Ross Ragland Theater. We don’t wanna miss you.)

Monday, December 1, Portland, OR, ALADDIN THEATER
Tuesday, December 2, Klamath Falls, OR, ROSS RAGLAND THEATER

Thursday, December 4, San Francisco, CA, SLIM’S (***Please note the venue change. This is a full-circle night for us as we played Slim’s on our first ever national tour opening for Adrian Belew. We’ll catch The Fillmore some other time. Please spread the word, and we hope to see you for what promises to be a cathartic, electric evening.)

(Friday, December 5: Happy Birthday Juicy!)

Saturday, December 6, Los Angeles, CA, TROUBADOUR (Our first appearance at this storied club once frequented by Tom Waits and so many others. Sure hope you and yours can join us.)

(Sunday, December 7, Pasadena, CA, Private show.)

(With Special Guest Jim Bianco)

Friday, December 12, Louisville, KY, BOMHARD THEATER (We are excited to return to this lovely venue in Louisville, one of our new favorites. Please note we will also be performing this same Friday on WFPK for their “Live Lunch” at noon. Join us if you can or tune in online at WFPK.org.)

Saturday, December 13, Chicago, IL, DOUBLE DOOR (Happy Birthday Karin! Another evening that promises to be highly energized as we all squeeze in out of the cold of one of Chicago’s great neighborhoods. Come early and do some exploring or get some shopping done. And get your tix soon: they are going fast. Lookin’ forward!)


And finally:


Friday, December 19, Cincinnati, OH, THE TAFT THEATER (Original bandmembers Ric Hordinski and Brian Kelley (along with Jake Bradley, Mickey Grimm, Kenny Hutson, Julie Lee, Kim Taylor, and Paul Patterson) join us as we revisit quintessential OtR songs from the first decade of the band’s existence. We’ll explore/explode songs from Till We Have Faces, Patience, Eve, Good Dog Bad Dog and The Darkest Night of the Year (and more). We’ve been rehearsing with Ric and Brian, and this is shaping up to be a very special night. If you enjoyed the band back in the early days at Sudsy Malone’s and far beyond, this is a not-to-be-missed evening.)

Saturday, December 20, Cincinnati, OH, THE TAFT THEATER (Night two finds us along with Jake Bradley, Mickey Grimm, Kenny Hutson, Julie Lee, Kim Taylor and Nick Radina, rolling out favorites from Films For Radio, OHIO, Drunkard’s Prayer, The Trumpet Child, Snow Angels (and more). These annual holiday shows are something we look forward to all year, and this year promises to be memorable. Hope to see you!)

Sunday, December 21, Norwood, OH, ST. ELIZABETH’S – Over the Rhine’s Sunday Soiree: Join us in a ragged cathedral for festive food and drink, relaxed conversation and careening acoustic tunes as we celebrate the end of our working year together with our extended musical family (you). And bring the whole family. (Tix available at OvertheRhine.com)

(PS For those who have e-mailed asking, Why no Christmas show this year in Philly, Nashville, Kent etc. etc. !!!, we had to spread the December love to the West Coast for once. In the meanwhile, please join us if you dare for the big weekend in Cincinnati. We’ll do our darndest to give you the OtR feast of a lifetime over the course of three days. Hope you can join us.)

PPS Karin cooked our Thanksgiving meal a few days ago since we’re leaving first thing in the morning. Ask her sometime about her homemade stuffing with roasted chestnuts and figs. Thank God for leftovers.