Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, the married couple at the heart of Over the Rhine, combine Bergquist’s torchy, devil-may-care voice, with Detweiler and Bergquist’s evocative, earthy songwriting - which earned them a spot on Paste magazine’s list of 100 Best Living Songwriters – to create a sound that has earned them a fanatical following.
Named after a neighborhood in their Cincinnati homebase, Over the Rhine began in 1990 as a more conventional four-piece rock band. The group quickly became a local sensation, opening tours for Adrian Belew and Bob Dylan. After a series of independent and well-received records, the band pared to its core duo of Detweiler and Bergquist, as the two locked arms with likeminded fellow travelers, the Cowboy Junkies. While touring as “honorary members” of the group, they continued to create albums on their own.
In 2011, the pair released The Long Surrender.