Letters

October 26, 2010

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

October 26, 2010

Greetings friends,

It’s a blustery fall day out here on Nowhere Farm.

I made the coffee dark and strong, and Karin and I sat on the porch swing for awhile. Five deer crossed the road at the edge of our property. A redtail hawk was flying low over the fields.

The leaves of the towering maples are mostly rosy or wine dark or fiercely yellow. Karin has been saying we need to pull out the leaf rakes. I tend to want to wait until every last leaf comes down before I roll up my sleeves.

The last flowers of summer to bloom are the wild asters, and I brought in a huge white bouquet a few days ago, which Karin arranged on the dining room table. That’s the last wild bouquet of the year. Now we turn our attention to arranging our songs and setting out to find you, with hopefully a little of the same wild beauty still fresh in our minds.

Living out here on our own is an ongoing experiment. We do love the deep solitude, but we weigh the isolation. Maybe someday we’ll have a dog friendly apartment on the edge of a park in a vibrant city, where we can surround ourselves more often with the flinty sparks of creativity of other writers, musicians, painters. But hopefully we can always keep our little Ohio farm. I was reminded of all the memories we’ve made out here when a chipping sparrow nest blew out of one of the maples this morning. The nest had been lined earlier this summer with Elroy’s hair.

As for all the Over the Rhine news… this is the time of year when we squint our eyes and see all the way to New Year’s Day.

THE LONG SURRENDER

The brand new Over the Rhine record, THE LONG SURRENDER, produced by Joe Henry, which many of you helped us make is getting closer everyday to being let loose in the world. There’s a lot that goes in to getting this music wrapped up and ready, but we are just about there. We had a clandestine online listening party for all those who contributed and will be letting all of you (blood) donors download THE LONG SURRENDER very soon. Then we’ll be starting the presale for the rest of the world. The official release date is 1/11/11, but those who preorder can experience our latest labor of love much earlier. Stay tuned at OvertheRhine.com for all the details. Feels like it’s gonna be a good chapter in this ongoing story.

THIS COMING WEEKEND

Join Over the Rhine in the land of the Amish, apple orchards and frosty pumpkin fields for two very special fall concerts. We will be previewing many of the songs from THE LONG SURRENDER and much more as a sultry trio. (You’re going to feel it in the hips.) (Karin says I’m the only writer she knows who can get away with invoking sultry hips and the Amish in the same paragraph.)

Friday, October 29, 2010, Goshen, INDIANA, Goshen Theater (with Julie Lee!)
Saturday, October 30, 2010, Grand Rapids, MICHIGAN, Calvin College (the inaugural performance at the newly renovated Fine Arts Center, anxious to see their brand new venue, hope you can come find us)

CONVERSATIONS ON A MUSICAL TRAIN

November 5-10 There are just a few spots (2?) still available if you want to hop on board. We haven’t left the station just yet.

Check out OvertheRhine.com for all the details – some of our favorite people join us for a musical train ride through the great American Southwest.

SANTA FE

Please note that the following Santa Fe concert is open to the public. (We’ll all be hopping off the train for an evening. Hope you can join us!)

Saturday, November 6, 2010, Santa Fe, NEW MEXICO, Santa Fe Brewing Company (with special guests Swan Dive and Lucy Wainwright Roche)

WEST COAST – THE LONG SURRENDER PREVIEW

Karin and Linford will be bringing the aforementioned sultry trio West, rolling the grand piano out on stage and previewing songs from THE LONG SURRENDER in some of our favorite West Coast venues. Look for some special guests along the way in addition to our lovely supporting star, Lucy Wainwright Roche. We envision an extended, intimate evening of music and conversation. Hope to see you and yours!

Friday, November 12, 2010, Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, The Troubadour (former haunt of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and many others)

Saturday, November 13, 2010, San Francisco, CALIFORNIA, Great American Music Hall (former haunt of burlesque dancers and bootleggers, still beautiful and wild around the edges, a perfect venue for our infamous love songs)

Monday, November 15, 2010, Eugene, OREGON, WOW Hall (a lovely old community theater in an amazing town)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010, Portland, OREGON, Aladdin Theater (a beautiful neighborhood theater in one of our favorite progressive cities, a city full of great coffee and books, see you at Powell’s etc)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, November 19, 20, 21, THREE SHOWS!,
Seattle, WASHINGTON, The Triple Door (great sounding room, amazing hospitality, roomy stage, the wine dark sparkle of polished glasses in dim light)

Over the Rhine DECEMBER TOUR

Come in out of the cold and join Over the Rhine for some warm evenings of music as we not only preview songs from THE LONG SURRENDER, but dip into The Darkest Night of the Year, Snow Angels and beyond. We are putting together a world-class band this year to bring our touring year to a close, and it won’t be the same without you.

Friday, December 3, Marion, OHIO, Palace Theater (a first for us)
Saturday, December 4, Kent, OHIO, Kent Stage (red velvet seats, piano with a broken heart)
Sunday, December 5, Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN, The Ark (coziest listening room in America)

Tuesday, December 7, Columbus, OHIO, Lincoln Theater (a first for us, and a long overdue return to Columbus – hope to get more than a little reacquainted)

Friday, December 10, Louisville, KENTUCKY, Bomhard Theater (gorgeous theater in a very musical city)
Saturday, December 11, Chicago, ILLINOIS, Old Town School of Folk Music,
TWO SHOWS: 7pm and 10pm (our favorite venue in Chicago, beautiful 400 seat theater, fabulous holiday neighborhood)

THREE DAY CINCINNATI HOLIDAY WEEKEND:

Friday, December 17, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre (In the beautiful Aronoff Center),
Cincinnati, OHIO: Special world premiere performance of THE LONG SURRENDER (featuring some of the musicians who played on the record as well as our producer Joe Henry). We are going to perform the new record from beginning to end.

Yes, we are keeping alive one aspect of our Great Speckled Dog fundraising campaign: LIVE IT. This special performance on Friday is being offered only as part of an exclusive three-day package that INCLUDES admission to The Taft the next evening, as well as our Sunday afternoon Soiree at St. Elizabeth’s in Norwood. Check out OvertheRhine.com for all the details. Proceeds will assist us in operating our own Great Speckled Dog record label, as we prepare to officially release THE LONG SURRENDER. Thank you.

Saturday, December 18, Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OHIO: Our annual homecoming concert will feature very special guest, Joe Henry, the producer of our latest record, and an extended cast of musicians. (Tickets available separately or as part of a three-day pkg.) Available at OvertheRhine.com…

Sunday, December 19, St. Elizabeths: Join Karin and Linford for an acoustic performance, some conversation, and festive food and drink in a ragged but lovely cathedral in Cincinnati. Tix available separately or as part of three-day pkg.)

Details on all the above at OvertheRhine.com…

And that will bring our 2010 touring year to a close. Thank you for being a part of it.
Without you, we’d be homeless.

Peace like a river,

Linford and Karin