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Over The Rhine

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Biography All Music Guide

Group Members: Ric Hordinski, Linford Detweiler

All Music Guide:

Over the Rhine had already developed a large and intensely loyal following in their native Cincinnati, Ohio before they independently released their first two albums, Till We Have Faces (1991) and Patience (1992). Their music, which they aptly dubbed "post-nuclear, pseudo-alternative, folk-tinged art-pop," is difficult to pigeonhole. They have been compared to 10,000 Maniacs, the Innocence Mission, U2, and Shawn Colvin, but the band's personality seems to owe more to its literary influences (which include Dylan Thomas, C.S. Lewis, and T.S. Eliot). They drew attention to their independent albums with their attractively arty CD packaging, and when IRS signed them in 1992, Patience became the first album in the label's history to be re-released with its original indie cover art.

But 1994's Eve would end up the only album the band would record on an IRS budget (with the exception of a slightly touched up re-release of Till We Have Faces in 1995). When the label was bought out in 1996, Over the Rhine escaped from their five-record contract, fearing a loss of artistic autonomy. By the end of the year the band had released two imaginatively sparse acoustic CDs on its own: Good Dog Bad Dog and The Darkest Night of the Year, a melancholy Christmas album. The year 1996 also saw significant personal changes for all four bandmembers: Over the Rhine's chief songwriters (bassist/pianist Linford Detweiler and classically trained lead singer Karin Bergquist) were married in October. In December, guitarist Ric Hordinski left to devote more time to his own band, Monk, and drummer Brian Kelley followed (before he changed his mind in 1997).

The group issued Besides, a fan-club-only compilation of rarities, in early 1997; the official album Amateur Shortwave Radio appeared in 1999. The band's sixth studio effort, Films for Radio, appeared in early 2001. Two years later, Detweiler and Bergquist returned with Ohio. This double-disc set, which marked Over the Rhine's tenth album overall, reflected the band's Midwestern connections. Following a tumultuous year of heavy touring, they returned to the studio (Bergquist and Detweiler's living room, to be precise) and recorded their next album, Drunkard's Prayer, which came out in 2005. They released a career retrospective, Discount Fireworks, in February 2007, followed by the all-new Trumpet Child later that summer. Bergquist and Detweiler released the intimate, epic, and largely fan-funded Long Surrender in 2011, marking the group's 20-year anniversary. Produced by Joe Henry and recorded in just two long sessions, the double-album Meet Me at the Edge of the World followed in 2013.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
03.30.17 Fitzroy Church Belfast, Bfs ND
04.02.17 Cecil Sharp House London, Lnd UK
04.07.17 The Barns at Wolf Trap Vienna, VA US
04.08.17 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, MD US
05.04.17 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA US
05.06.17 City Winery New York, NY US


  • 03.29.17 Belfast, Dublin ~ lookin' forward! https://t.co/iIWDs498DK
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  • 03.27.17 RT @markthetent: One week to go until @overtherhine in London. Excited. https://t.co/1bh6chWy2L
  • 03.27.17 RT @Scandre2011: Thanks @overtherhine for a intense Dutch acoustic tour and 25 years of music. Were you there, where it all began in the lo…
  • 03.27.17 We regret to announce today's concert in Groningen is cancelled due to illness. We will make up this date & Middelburg on our next visit.
  • 03.26.17 We regret to announce today's Over the Rhine concert in Middelburg is cancelled due to illness.
  • 03.25.17 RT @UITloperGrunn: OVER THE RHINE @TakeRootNL presents: @overtherhine, roots met invloeden uit blues en folk Maandag in de @oosterpoort htt…
  • 03.25.17 RT @sellingservTim: Why you should be @overtherhine London show Sunday 2nd April for some of the best music you can imagine #160gigblog htt…
  • 03.25.17 RT @margrietvw: Went to see @overtherhine tonight, cried bc of the piano and Poughkeepsie and will need days to recover. In a good way 💙
  • 03.25.17 RT @leonvansteensel: Tonight, I bathed in the serenity that is @overtherhine's music. https://t.co/B6lWtt72yl
  • 03.25.17 RT @Sarah_Zahn: Just bought my tix for @overtherhine at @MidtownScholar! May 5 - Let's all go! https://t.co/XAbrYtauP5…