Letters

October 24, 2002

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

October 24, 2002

Hello from Ohio,

The Grey Ghost, the 111-year-old wooden house we call home, is being poked and prodded, scraped and scrubbed. A new coat of paint has been a long time coming, and she’s going to look pretty good in her new grey gown. The sun hit the gable just right yesterday, and we could almost convince ourselves we were living in Maine.

Thanks to all of you who made our concerts last wknd in Virginia and Pennsylvania so memorable. We truly enjoyed ourselves. We were able to fit in a short tour of the Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland, and we couldn’t drink in deep enough the fall colors in Pennsylvania. We stopped at Sidling Hill on the way to Pittsburgh and stocked up on this year’s apple butter for the winter. There’s a buffet-style restaurant in St. Clairsville, Ohio, called Mehlman’s that did the trick for Sunday Dinner on the way home. (We were some of the few people under the age of 60.) Great pumpkin pie, devilled eggs, pickled beets–check it out sometime.

This is all so rock and roll.

We finally have our itinerary (99%) nailed down for December, and we wanted to get that to you pronto. We always look forward to these end-of-the-year tours. There’s something about breathing the crisp air in a new town every morning while the year winds down. And there’s that indescribable sense of coming in out of the cold after dark to make some warmly-lit music with a bunch of you folks.

We’re very happy to announce that Bill Mallonee from Athens, Georgia, will be joining us for all the December dates this year. Those that know Bill’s music know that it’s road-tried and tested. Bill is one of the most prolific songwriters we’ve ever met, and I think the reason we’ve connected with his music over the years is because (like most good music) it’s connected to his deepest human places. Bill’s music is all about busted-up dreams, hard-won personal victories and a few deeply-cherished loved ones. (For those of you who are not familiar with Bill, up until recently he called his band Vigilantes of Love. Check out billmallonee.com for more.)

So here’s what we’re looking at:

*************OVER THE RHINE W/very special guest Bill Mallonee**************

FRI 12/6 – CINCINNATI, OH Taft Theatre
SAT 12/7 – CHICAGO, IL Schuba’s (two shows)
TUE 12/10 – CLEVELAND, OH – Beachland Ballroom
THU 12/12 – BOSTON, MA – House of Blues
FRI 12/13 – NORTHAMPTON, MA – Iron Horse
SAT 12/14 – NEW YORK, NY – Makor
SUN 12/15 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Point (two shows)

The Taft date changed several times due to some unintentionally crossed wires etc. Show biz stuff. We were going to try to do a smaller Q&A concert after The Taft show, but after the Taft date changed for the third time, we had to let the smaller gathering go for the time being. We’ll try to do something along those lines when our next Virgin/Backporch release comes to fruition. (Late Spring 2003?) More later on that.

Check out overtherhine.com for more details on the dates which will be posted as soon as Eric gets back from his camping trip. We’ll try to let you know soon when tickets go on sale for The Taft. This show is our only hometown appearance this year!

Also, be sure to check out the special we’re running at the website between now and the end of the year…

That’s it for now. Looking forward to seeing you.

Best,

Linford and Karin of Over the Rhine

ps Holy cow, we almost forgot November.

FRI, 11/1 – MEMPHIS, TN – Hi-Tone
SAT, 11/2 – ST. LOUIS, MO – Blueberry Hill
SAT, 11/23 – ANN ARBOR, MI – The Ark