Among the impressive body of Joe Henry's production work, Over The Rhine's The Long Surrender ranks as my favorite. So when Karin Berquist and Linford Detweiler announced that they would re-team with JH for their new (fan-funded) record, I was naturally delighted.
The session yielded enough material for a double album, and Meet Me At The Edge Of the World will be officially released on September 3. Those who contributed to the fundraising campaign should likely expect to hear it at least a month earlier than that. But in any case, Christmas will be coming very early this year!
The full press release…
Meet Me At The Edge Of the World, the upcoming double album from the highly acclaimed band Over The Rhine, is set for a September 3rd release on their Great Speckled Dog label. Over The Rhine’s nucleus of husband and wife duo Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler have created their most ambitious offering to date with Meet Me At The Edge Of The World, and they did not need to look far to find their muse.
The 19 tracks on Meet Me At The Edge Of The World were all recorded live in only six days, with Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Bettye LaVette et al) at the helm. Most of the songs were literally born out of the land surrounding the 1830s brick farm house Bergquist and Detweiler purchased eight years ago in southern Ohio. The couple refers to their home as Nowhere Farm. Upon moving there, they knew little about the land’s flora and fauna. Over time, the land began to slowly reveal itself to them as they became more in tune with the natural setting and began calling trees, birds, weeds and wildflowers by name. Eventually the surroundings seeped into the music, both physically and spiritually, that would become Meet Me At The Edge Of The World.
All songs were written by Bergquist and Detweiler, with the exception of their stunning rendition of The Band’s “It Makes No Difference.” The transitional experience of moving from the city to the farm is captured on “All Of It Was Music,” while the two trade vocals for the first time on the beautiful “All Over Ohio”. The heartwarming “Earthbound Love Song” cites the love of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash as an important reference for any aspiring musical couple, and “Favorite Time Of Light” documents the daily ritual of stepping outside when the changing evening light conjures an imaginary Ohio Ocean. “Baby If This Is Nowhere” is an affirmation that Nowhere Farm is where they know they are meant to be. And on “Sacred Ground” and “Blue Jean Sky” the couple discovered a new sound as they began singing in unison for the first time.
Through the years, Over The Rhine’s music has maintained an important place in the lives of their thousands of devoted fans. Their songs become close friends and often accompany the band’s followers during life’s major milestones, both happy and sad. There is no doubt the songs on Meet Me At The Edge Of The World will also become tried and true companions.