Letters

September 16, 2003

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

September 16, 2003

Hey y’all,

Hello from OHIO.

Well, it’s just about time. Our suitcases are lying open in the bedroom. There’s a hint of crisp Fall weather in the air. The squirrels in the backyard have been stuffing black walnuts in unlikely places. The clouds have had a deep blue backdrop of late and breezes to skid them across the sky…

We’re going on the road.

Karin and I drove to Bloomington, Indiana, this past Sunday to have dinner with Paul Mahern, the silver-haired, radiant young man who helped us record the songs on OHIO. Paul lifted a glass and said, Hooray for us! And we laughed and talked our way through a meal outdoors, a cool late summer evening. We agreed that we had all been given good lives. There is such a thing as grace.

Our new double disc set, OHIO, was released several weeks ago. Reviews have been coming in and a lot of critics have taken time to really wrestle with the songs and themes of this accidental double album. Even writers who were unfamiliar with Over the Rhine seem to want to spend a lot of time with the music. One reviewer said he secretly hated the record because he couldn’t stop playing it! Anyway, we think of our fans as deep listeners, and we try to make records accordingly. Thanks for all the little notes of encouragement you’ve sent our way. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

If you’d like to read a couple reviews of OHIO, copy and paste these links into your browser:

http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/o/overtherhine-ohio.shtml

http://www.nynewsday.com/entertainment/local/newyork/ny-p2top23417932aug19,0,7279223.column?coll=ny-nyc-entertainment-headlines

http://promontoryartists.org/lookingcloser/music/ohio.htm

We’ll start posting more at overtherhine.com when we get around to it, which might take awhile actually.

We received an advance issue of Paste Magazine #6 and were a bit stunned to see that the editors had devoted 6 and a half pages to OHIO, and given it a five star review. It’s especially gratifying, because it’s one of the few magazines that Karin and I read pretty much cover to cover. The editors of Paste Magazine are doing a beautiful job of spreading the word regarding music (and culture) they feel is deserving that may or may not receive coverage in the mainstream media. If you haven’t subscribed yet, go to PasteMagazine.com. If you’re a music lover that enjoys looking a bit deeper, you won’t regret it. Each magazine comes with a 22-song sampler cd of new music.

It was through Paste Magazine that we discovered the music of Irish singer, Susan Enan, and we asked Susan to join us, along with Stephen Delopoulos, as the opening acts for the first two legs of our upcoming tour. (Stephen has a song on the forthcoming Paste sampler as well.) We certainly hope you can join us for a wonderful evening of music and camaraderie.

Once again, we’re asking for two volunteers to look after our merch on these upcoming dates. Volunteers receive free admission to the concert and a free cd and get to meet many of the fine folks that attend our shows! If you’re interested, please e-mail Michele at micbunch@yahoo.com and put “Merch volunteers” w/venue, city and date in the subject.

Here are the tour dates:

(Shows with asterisks are already covered…)

THU 9/18 CLEVELAND, OH Beachland Ballroom w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
*FRI 9/19 GRAND RAPIDS, MI Calvin College w/special guests Susan Enan and Sufjan Stevens (Sufjan has a new cd called Michigan. Nebraska and Ohio were taken.)
SAT 9/20 CHICAGO, IL Schuba’s w/special guest Susan Enan
SUN 9/21 CHICAGO, IL Schuba’s w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
TUE 9/23 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Fine Line w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
WED 9/24 MADISON, WI Luther’s Blues w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
FRI 9/26 DUBUQUE, IA Busted Lift w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
SAT 9/27 ST. LOUIS, MO Duck Room w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
SUN 9/28 MEMPHIS, TN Hi-Tone w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
TUE 9/30 KNOXVILLE, TN Pilot Light (Note new venue) w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
WED 10/1 LOUISVILLE, KY Uncle Pleasant w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
THU 10/2 INDIANAPOLIS, IN Birdy’s w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
FRI 10/3 BLOOMINGTON, IN Vertigo w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
SUN 10/5 CRITTENDEN, KY GRANT COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS (Near Cincinnati,
afternoon show) w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
THU 10/9 PITTSBURGH, PA Moondog’s (Note new venue) w/special
guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
FRI 10/10 PHILADELPHIA, PA North Star Bar w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
SUN 10/12 NEW YORK, NY Bottom Line w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
MON 10/13 NORTHAMPTON, MA Iron Horse w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
TUE 10/14 BOSTON, MA TT the Bears w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
THU 10/16 ARLINGTON, VA Iota w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
FRI 10/17 ASHEVILLE, NC Stella Blue w/special guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
SAT 10/18 ATLANTA, GA Echo Lounge w/special
guests Susan Enan and Stephen Delopoulos
SUN 10/19 NASHVILLE, TN 12th and Porter w/special guests
Griffin House and Stephen Delopoulos
FRI 10/24 DAYTON, OH Canal Street Tavern
SAT 10/25 DAYTON, OH Canal Street Tavern
SUN 10/26 BERWYN, IL Fitzgerald’s

We’ll start with the above, and work on the West Coast dates a little later. We’re still finalizing a few things… Stay tuned for more at overtherhine.com…

If you’d like to be among the first to join our new “Over the Rhine Street Teams”, and help spread the word about our music and the above, please e-mail OTRteams@yahoo.com for more info.

We think you’ll love this five-piece band. We’ve been blessed through the years with the privilege of collaborating with a lot of good people and players who have taught us much. But wow, fasten your seatbelts. We are so looking forward to this.

We’ll be sending out information soon regarding the forthcoming special edition of OHIO on vinyl! My head’s spinning like a broken record player…

Have a wonderful Fall and come say Hello.

Godspeed,

Linford Detweiler