Over the Rhine will hit the road on a five-part tour to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
In 1989, the band recorded demos that eventually became its debut album, 1991’s Till We Have Faces. Now Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler (a resilient songwriting team by any measure) look back on a 12-album discography and hundreds of thousands of road miles traveled.
“Almost 20 years, it’s just sort of hard to take in,” says Detweiler on the band’s Web site. “There are days when we feel utterly blessed and charmed. That this labor of love could continue for 20 years, that our audience still continues to grow, that this music continues to get spread around by people who are often in the process of becoming life long friends — it all smacks of the miraculous.”
What will the next 20 years hold for Over the Rhine? There’s no telling. But before they ponder the next two decades, they’re going to log some more road miles and then celebrate 1989-2009 in Cincinnati with some of their earliest and most loyal fans.
Karin Bergguist and Linford Detweiler were included in Paste magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Living Songwriters.
Tour dates, cities and venues include:
Nov. 7 – Greensboro, N.C., Guilford College
Nov. 8 – Athens, Ga., Melting Point
Nov. 9 – Charlotte, N.C., Visulite Thater
Nov. 15 – Madison, Wis., – Majestic Theatre
Nov. 29 & 30 – Seattle, The Triple Door
Dec. 1 – Portland, Ore., Aladdin Theatre
Dec. 2 – Klamath Falls, Ore., Ross Ragland Theater,
Dec. 4 – San Francisco, The Fillmore
Dec. 6 – Los Angeles, Troubadour
Dec. 11 – Louisville, Ky., Bomhard Theater
Dec. 12 – Chicago, Double Door
Dec. 19 – Cincinnati, Taft Theater: An evening with Over the Rhine. featuring music from decade one.
Dec. 20 – Cincinnati, Taft Theater: An evening with Over the Rhine, featuring music from decade two.
Dec. 21 – Cincinnati, Elizabeth’s Cathedral: A Sunday afternoon soiree with Over the Rhine, featuring wine, festive food, conversation and a special acoustic performance.
Other 20th Anniversary events include Over the Rhine participating in Cayamo Cruise in Feb 2009 with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and others.