Over the Rhine Presents a Christmas Playlist

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Looking Closer's month-long celebration of Christmas music continues with a new Christmas music playlist as imagined by Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist of Over the Rhine.If you're just joining us, we're well along in our playlist series. So far, I've published imaginative programs of music from Joe Henry, Ashley Cleveland, Sara Zarr, and Alissa Wilkinson.Then, yesterday, I interviewed Linford Detweiler about Over the Rhine's new Christmas album.Here now, is what Over the Rhine … [Read more...]

“It Can Entrance You For a Moment…”

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The Internet is filling up with tears and tributes to the great poet Seamus Heaney, who died yesterday. Here's a short and sweet one, well worth reading, by novelist Colum McCann.Many thanks to Linford Detweiler for passing along these words... the wisdom of Seamus Heaney, from an interview in The Paris Review: … [Read more...]

Linford Detweiler of Over the Rhine interviews Joe Henry in Image

The new issue of Image is out! Order yours today.In the meantime, you can get a preview online... … [Read more...]

Linford Detweiler Tells Over the Rhine’s “Made in America” Story

At Paste, Linford Detweiler slips into that storytelling voice that fans of Over the Rhine know and love, and he vividly illustrates the events leading up to his career as a songwriter, to the recording of The Trumpet Child, and to the arrival of a song about Tom Waits. … [Read more...]

Auralia on the Over the Rhine Tour Bus

Just got a note from Linford Detweiler of Over the Rhine: Auralia was my traveling companion all across Europe and the UK. Wow. Congrats on bringing her to life. I came home and immediately began reading The Hobbit — wanted to stay in a world somewhat reminiscent of Auralia's. So I'll be taking Gandalf to the West Coast for old time's sake. See you soon, Linford. Kinda freaks me out to think that Auralia toured the UK with OTR. Wow. Life's just full of surprises. … [Read more...]

Specials: Linford Detweiler! Radiohead! Balthazar!

Today's specials:"We often end up writing the music that we need to hear at the time." My latest interview with Over the Rhine's Linford Detweiler is up!Radiohead's OK Computer is the best album of the last 20 years, says Spin Magazine. Well, they're wrong: The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby both deserve the honor more, but hey, considering how wrong they could have been, I'm not going to complain much. OK Computer's definitely in my top ten list for the last 20 years....New … [Read more...]

Coming Home to Ohio: A conversation with Over the Rhine’s Linford Detweiler about the New Double Album

[This interview was originally published July 30, 2003, at the original Looking Closer website.] -On August 19th, 2003, Over the Rhine will celebrate the release of their tenth album by making it a double.Ohio boasts two full-length discs of new material. And that most astonishing thing is that, after they have played for ten years to stellar reviews, chances are 9 out of 10 that you’re reading this and saying to yourself “Who are Over the Rhine?”Somehow those who discover the band a … [Read more...]

Making Songs Out of Stories: Over the Rhine’s Linford Detweiler on 10 Years of Songwriting

[This interview was originally published at the website for a non-profit arts organization called Promontory Artists Association in February 2000.] •Linford Detweiler has learned to take it easy.It’s a Saturday afternoon in Seattle, unusually sunny for late February, and he joins my wife Anne and me for coffee and cranberry juice at the University Plaza Hotel, his home for the weekend, far from his Cincinnati headquarters. Linford, his wife singer/songwriter Karin Bergquist, and their ba … [Read more...]


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