Personal update via Jeffrey Overstreet:
I've just heard from Linford Detweiler of Over the Rhine. The new album is coming (no longer titled "Born"), and the band's ready for an ambitious tour. They *will* be at the Cornerstone Festival this summer (and I hope to be as well).
Here's the scoop:
BACK PORCH RECORDS TO RELEASE ‘DRUNKARD’S PRAYER’ MARCH 29
OPENING THE FLOODGATES OF THEIR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP THROUGH THEIR INTENSELY CONFESSIONAL STYLE OF CHAMBER POP, KARIN BERGQUIST AND LINFORD DETWEILER RECORDED ‘DRUNKARD’S PRAYER’ IN THEIR HOME
The songwriting team of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler immerse themselves in profoundly deep waters on their new release, DRUNKARD’S PRAYER (Back Porch Records, March 29)
DRUNKARD’S PRAYER, made in the couple’s living room, showcases the sonic warmth that can come from recording at home. The combination of Berquist’s voice, coupled with upright bass, piano, acoustic guitars, a few horns and superb songwriting make their new record the band’s finest achievement to date.
The title, DRUNKARD’S PRAYER, sets the tone of redemption for the record. The confessional singer/songwriters had a realization last year during their national tour for their previous record, OHIO. Although good things were happening with their music, there was very little energy or creativity or time left over for their marriage. They pulled the plug on the tour and directed more energy toward their life at home. According to Detweiler, “It ended up being a really good thing for us. And hopefully, some of what we’ve learned has not only made us better people, but better songwriters as well.”
Over the Rhine is named for the Cincinnati neighborhood where the husband and wife team of Karin Berquist and Linford Detweiler began making music a decade ago.
Over the Rhine will tour extensively in 2005.
Feb. 28 Annapolis, MD Ramshead Tavern
March 1 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
March 2 Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel
March 4 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
March 5 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
March 6 New York, NY Mercury Lounge