Over the Rhine
Dreamy, literate, spiritual folk-fock
Named for a tough but enduringly creative neighborhood north of downtown Cincinnati, Over the Rhine is the duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist. Their ethereal sounds--dreamy, sweeping, highly literate and melancholy -- have drawn comparisons to the likes of Cowboy Junkies. Says Leslie Benson of the Dayton City Paper: "The music of Cincinnati-based folk/roots band Over the Rhine seeps into you with a rich hunger -- each note a separate, glimmering cloud-diamond." And someone once described OTR"s music as a mash-up of spirituality, whimsy and sensuality ("thank you, thank you, thank you," they say). If you've never heard Over the Rhine, this is a great time to check them out. They're unlike just about another group in the music business, and they have some terrific Christmas songs that are meaningful to those of any faith (or none at all).