Over The Rhine Meet Me At The End Of The World on 180g 2LP + Download Card
“It’s a collection of songs that required some extra real estate,” Linford Detweiler says of Over the Rhine’s Meet Me At The Edge Of The World, the latest product of his prolific two-decade musical collaboration with longtime partner Karin Bergquist. Recorded with producer Joe Henry and released on the band’s own Great Speckled Dog label, the album marks something of a landmark in Over the Rhine’s large and remarkably accomplished body of work, exploring some challenging new musical territory while featuring some of the duo’s most compelling songs and performances to date.
The 19 song set - 18 original compositions plus a memorable reading of The Band’s classic “It Makes No Difference” - are both introspective and expansive, embodying the same mix of lyrical eloquence, emotional nuance and melodic soulfulness that have already won Bergquist (vocals, acoustic guitar, tenor guitar) and Detweiler (vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards) a passionate fan base and considerable critical acclaim.
Meet Me At The Edge Of The World’s blend of confident songcraft and creative restlessness is apparent on such vividly expressive new songs as “Meet Me at the Edge of the World,” “Sacred Ground,” “All Of It Was Music,” “Favorite Time of Light,” “Wildflower Bouquet” and the haunting “Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down,” which features guest vocalist Aimee Mann. The songs that comprise Meet Me At The Edge Of The World were largely inspired by the atmosphere of the couple’s rural Ohio home of the past eight years: a ramshackle farmhouse built in 1833, amidst the rolling, tree-lined fields of rural Highland County.
While the duo drew artistic inspiration from their home environment, they received financial support from their fans in bringing Meet Me At The Edge Of The World to fruition. Rather than use a conventional third-party crowd-funding site like Kickstarter, they appealed directly to their fans, via their website, for help in financing the recording. The fans responded enthusiastically, showing their support with contributions of between $15 (a simple pre-order with bonus tracks) and $5000 (for a private concert, and executive producer credit etc) in order to make the ambitious project a reality.
Meet Me At The Edge Of The World marks Over the Rhine’s second collaboration (following 2011′s The Long Surrender) with Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry, an iconoclastic singer-songwriter in his own right whose production resume also includes acclaimed albums with the likes of Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III. Bergquist, Detweiler and Henry gathered a stellar musical cast that included drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarist/pedal steel player Eric Heywood, bassist Jennifer Condos, keyboardist Patrick Warren and guitarist Mark Goldenberg plus a few notable guests (David Piltch, Van Dyke Parks and Aimee Mann) and cut all 19 of Meet Me At The Edge Of The World’s songs in six days.
Native Ohioans Detweiler and Bergquist launched Over the Rhine as a quartet in the spring of 1989, naming the ensemble after the historic, bohemian Cincinnati neighborhood Over-the-Rhine, where they lived and first wrote and recorded together. Their early demos and performances quickly struck a chord with listeners, and they already had a solid local following by the time they launched their recording career with a pair of well-received independently-released albums, Till We Have Faces (1991) and Patience (1992).
Over the next two decades, Over the Rhine continued to build a musically and emotionally potent catalogue, encompassing the studio albums Eve (1994), Good Dog Bad Dog (1996), Films For Radio (2001), Ohio (2003), Drunkard’s Prayer (2005), The Trumpet Child (2007) and The Long Surrender (2011), the holiday-themed The Darkest Night of the Year (1996) and Snow Angels (2006), the live Changes Come (2004), and a series of limited-edition CDs featuring live, rare and unreleased material.
The fierce independent streak that has fueled Over the Rhine from the start asserted itself when Bergquist and Detweiler decided to release 2007′s The Trumpet Child on their own Great Speckled Dog label (named after the couple’s Great Dane, Elroy). The Long Surrender marked the band’s first venture into fan-funded recording.
Over The Rhine Meet Me At The End Of The World Track Listing:
1. Meet Me At The Edge Of The World
2. Called Home
3. Sacred Ground
4. I'd Want You
5. Gonna Let My Soul Catch My Body
6. All Of It Was Music
7. Don't Let The Bastards Get You Down
8. Highland County
10. All Over Ohio
11. Earthbound Love Song
12. Against The Grain
13. It Makes No Difference
14. Blue Jean Sky
16. Baby If This Is Nowhere
17. Wildflower Bouquet
18. The Birds Of Nowhere Farm
19. Favorite Time Of Light