When you listen to Over the Rhine, the supremely talented musical couple comprised of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, you quickly fall under the spell of Karin’s timeless voice “which has the power to stop the world in its tracks” (Performing Songwriter). But then the songs start hitting you. Paste magazine writes, “Over the Rhine creates true confessional masterpieces that know neither border nor boundary” and included Bergquist and Detweiler in their list of 100 Best Living Songwriters. Rolling Stone recently wrote, Over the Rhine is a band “with no sign of fatigue, whose moment has finally arrived.” That’s quite a sentiment for a band celebrating 30 years of writing, recording, and life on the road. But as Karin Bergquist states, “There is still so much music left to be made.” Love & Revelation, the brand new album from Over the Rhine, is a record for right now. The songs have been rigorously road tested and burst at the seams with loss, lament, and resilient hope. The LA Times writes, “The Ohio based husband and wife duo has long been making soul-nourishing music, and the richness only deepens.”
“In these uncertain times, it feels like we need music more than ever. Songs can re-invite people back into a real conversation. Songs can provide a safe container for the conflicted emotions many of us are feeling. And we’ve heard it over and over: music heals.”
– Linford Detweiler
“‘Los Lunas’ is a song that I had been working on for several years. It ended up being the first track on our new record. The narrator in the song states a simple fact at the outset: I cried…
And so we came to realize that loss is one of the undeniable themes on this record. We are grieving. And I think a lot of people are. We’ve lost loved ones. We’ve seen our friends struggling with loss – the loss of a child, or partner. We’ve stood with friends and family members as they struggled with chronic illness, or a scary-as-hell cancer diagnosis. And as Willie Nelson recently said in one of his new songs, ‘It’s not something you get over, it’s just something you get through.’ A lot of these new songs are coming to terms with our realization that certain losses will be carried with us for the rest of our lives.
Then we know a lot of people turn on the news and are in shock at what they are seeing. Beneath that shock is grief. We are grieving the fact that we aren’t quite sure who we are any more as Americans. Things are shifting and being revealed. One friend recently asked, ‘How could anyone with a soul not grieve?’ Maybe we are grieving the fact that we thought we were better than this.
– Karin Bergquist