Over the Rhine

Over the Rhine Biography

"If the last decade was a woman, then we ran our fingers through her hair and she swept us downstream and we seldom came up for air" - Linford Detweiler

"Now if you asked me where I'd rather be, I'd say nowhere."

- Karin Bergquist

Over the Rhine is currently celebrating ten years of music and recording, ten years of incredible insomnia, ten years of redreaming the world, ten years of show business - all it what you will. The songwriting team, that sprouted when the voice of Karin Bergquist and the words of Linford Detweiler first got into bed together, has grown deep roots in the shadow of the Ohio River and branched out far beyond.

In the last ten years, Over the Rhine's music has taken Karin and Linford (and the unpredictable array of musical nightwatchmen, metaphysical houseguests and guitar theologians with whom they surround themselves) around North America repeatedly, as well as to Europe for weeks at a time on six different occasions.

Over the Rhine has released seven full-length recordings and performed alongside a host of notable peers and mentors including Cowboy Junkies (100+ dates), Adrian Belew (21 dates), Shawn Colvin, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan (5 dates), Squeeze (37 dates), Jane Siberry and Bruce Cockburn among others.

Artist as established as Sarah McLachlan have sought out Karin Bergquist to express their admiration for her work. Emerging acts such as Sixpence None The Richer have cited Over the Rhine as an important influence.


When Over the Rhine began passing out copies of a collection of home recordings, playfully entitled, Good Dog Bad Dog, their lives changed forever. Their peers and the handful of critics that heard the songs immediately began referencing such defining records as Neil Young's After The Gold Rush, Joni Mitchell's Blue and R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People,among others.

When Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies heard Good Dog Bad Dog, he not only asked Over the Rhine to open for the group indefinitely, he asked Karin and Linford to join the Junkies' line-up for an extensive tour of North America, Australia and New Zealand, including appearances on David Letterman, Good Morning America and Sessions at West 54th with David Byrne. Although never formally released, Good Dog Bad Dog was profiled on CBS This Morning where Over the Rhine performed several songs from the collection. Karin and Linford also had characters named after them on a recent X-Files episode, replete with inside jokes about Good Dog Bad Dog,and Karin's fondness for all things canine.

Back Porch Records is proud to announce the national release of Good Dog Bad Dog.

Good Dog Bad Dog is dreamy, intensely lyrical and unmistakably Over the Rhine. Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler are inspired by the work of Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman, Neil Young, Chrissy Hynde, Lucinda Williams and Jane Siberry, but the band's personality and music owe as much or more to liteerary influences such as Annie Dillard, Wendell Berry and Carson McCullers. Good Dog Bad Dog is the definitive Over the Rhine record to date and strongly signlas the continuation of a band's story that is undoubtedly a long way from over.


For more information on Over the Rhine, please drop in for a visit to the Apple Orchard at www.overtherhine.com

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