CINCINNATI, Ohio — Over the Rhine is ready to make waves in 2011 with a new release and tour dates that will take them to theaters throughout the U.S. The Long Surrender, the new studio album from the southern Ohio-based husband-and-wife team of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Linford Detweiler and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Karin Bergquist, is something rare and wondrous — an intimate epic.
The record, released February 8, 2011 on OtR’s own Great Speckled Dog label (named for the couple’s Great Dane, Elroy), marks 20 years since their 1991 debut. It’s the bountiful result of a collaboration between the couple and producer Joe Henry, whose songs they’ve long admired.
“Joe has been quietly making records (well not that quietly, he has won at least two Grammys) that don’t sound like other records bring made,” says Detweiler.
“They are a little bit dark and cinematic and funky and unpredictable. It seems like he loves to help performers who have already covered a lot of miles — Mavis Staples, Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, Loudon Wainwright III, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Mose Allison, Allen Toussaint — rediscover the soul of what they do in a new light.” The Long Surrender was recorded at Henry’s Garfield House studio in South Pasadena, Calif.
Earlier this year in Los Angeles, the band was joined onstage at the Troubadour by Joe Henry and Lucinda Williams (and supporting artist Lucy Wainwright Roche, whose special guest was her father, Loudon Wainwright III).
Over the Rhine promises to bring their smoldering live performances to every corner of the globe in 2011 . . . and here is the Fall round of dates:
Thurs., Sept. 22 ALBUQUERQUE, NM Kimo Theatre
Fri., Sept. 23 DURANGO, CO Smiley Theatre
Sun., Oct. 2 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Tues., Oct. 4 SALT LAKE CITY, UT The State Room
Thurs., Oct. 6 DENVER, CO The Soiled Dove
Fri., Oct. 7 DENVER, CO The Soiled Dove
Sat., Oct. 8 FT. WORTH, TX Billy Bob’s
Sun., Oct. 9 HOUSTON, TX Warehouse Live
Tues., Oct. 11 LITTLE ROCK, ARK Juanita’s
Wed., Oct. 12 ST. LOUIS, MO The Pageant
Thurs., Oct. 27 PITTSBURGH, PA Club Cafe
Fri., Oct. 28 CANTON, OH Malone University
Sat., Oct. 29 FT. WAYNE, IN C2G Music Hall
Sat., Nov. 5 LOUISVILLE, KY Bombard Theatre @ The Kentucky Center
Sun., Nov. 13 LOS ANGELES, CA El Rey
Tues., Nov. 15 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Great American Music Hall
Thurs., Nov. 17 PORTLAND, OR The Aladdin Theatre
Fri., Nov. 18 SEATTLE, WA The Triple Door
Sat., Nov. 19 SEATTLE, WA The Triple Door
Sun., Nov. 20 SEATTLE, WA The Triple Door
Fri., Dec. 2 BOSTON, MA Berklee Performance Center
Sat., Dec 3 NEW YORK, NY Le Poisson Rouge
Sun., Dec 4 ALEXANDRIA, VA The Birchmere
Mon., Dec 5 PHILADELPHIA, PA World Café Live
Wed., Dec 7 COLUMBUS, OH The Lincoln Theatre
Thurs., Dec 8 KENT, OH The Kent Stage
Fri., Dec 9 GRAND RAPIDS, MI Calvin College
Sat., Dec 10 CHICAGO, IL Old Town School of Folk
Sat., Dec 17 CINCINNATI, OH The Taft Theatre