Over the Rhine brings The Long Surrender

Over the Rhine
The Long Surrender
Now available
Great Speckled Dog

The wife-and-husband duo of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler known as Over the Rhine return with their twelfth studio album. The couple have been making music for over two decades and for their latest, The Long Surrender, it was for the fans. No literally. The album was fan funded and released on the couple’s label Great Speckled Dog (named after their own beloved Great Dane, Elroy).

With the new album, OtR team up with Grammy winning producer Joe Henry to craft a stellar treasure trove of songs.  Karin explains that the album title “speaks to our ongoing desire to let go of certain expectations (and much of what we are so convinced we know for sure) in favor of remaining open and curious. It seems like many of our friends are currently wrestling with various forms of ‘letting go,’ so hopefully, the ideas conjured by the title feel somewhat universal. And I think the title speaks to the arc of a lifelong commitment to writing and performing regardless of recognition. Learning when to work hard and when to let go. Learning to leave room for grace to billow our sails occasionally. Learning not to white-knuckle everything.”

With that mantra, Lucinda Williams lends her vocals for “Undamned”, which pairs nicely with Karin’s vocals as they melt nicely into Lucinda rasps. “Infamous Love Songs” is classic OtR, as Karin enunciates each lyric with aching desire. A slight lyric low point would be the reference to “fuzzy whuzzies” on “Only God Can Save Us Now”, but that’s redeemed by the slow waltzy ballad “Days Like These” with lyrics that any top 40 pop artist would kill to cover.  “Oh By The Way” showcases the heart of OtR at its best when Linford and Karin sing together.  “All My Favorite People” has Randy Newman-esque keys anchored by Karin’s pitch perfect vocals that trickle in the memories of the gang from Toy Story.  Another solid release from the pair from Ohio.

Track list
The Laugh Of Recognition
Sharpest Blade
Rave On
Infamous Love Song
Only God Can Save Us Now
Oh Yeah By The Way
The King Knows How
There’s A Bluebird In My Heart
Days Like This
All My Favorite People

Tour dates
11.5 – Louisville, KY / Bomhard Theater
11.13 – Los Angels, CA / El Rey Theater
11.15 – San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall
11.17 – Portland, OR / Aladdin Theater
11.18-20 – Seattle, WA / The Triple Door12.2 – Boston, MA / Berklee Performance Center
12.3 – New York, NY / Le Poisson Rouge
12.4 – Alexandria, VA / Birchmere
12.5 – Philadelphia, PA / World Cafe Live Downstairs
12.7 – Columbus, OH / Lincoln Theatre
12.8 – Kent, OH / Kent Stage
12.9 – Grand Rapids, MI / Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center

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  1. […] Though they did treated fans to oldies but goodies, they played a majority from their latest album The Long Surrender, including “The King Knows How”, “Undamned”, “All My Favorite […]

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