Vinyl Reissue of 2003's OHIO
"The songs on OHIO connect us to the piece of earth we call home. We grew up in small coal mining towns in the Ohio Valley, listening to music that could have only been unearthed in America: Southern Gospel, Country Western and Rock ‘n' Roll. This music fertilized the soil of our early lives...We grew up with the musical mingling common to many of us who were raised in "the church." There were the old hymns that seeped into our souls via our mothers' milk, and then there was the allure of the music we were finding on our radio dials and on our friends' records.
"In small town America, many of us do grow up in a surreal musical world where Elvis is King, Jesus is Lord. The records we ended up making document in part our attempts to unravel the tangle of religion we inherited. It's unsettling when someone named Jesus keeps turning up in unexpected places on a double album, but we're by no means the first songwriters to be Christ-haunted...
"We don't listen much to our own records after they finally get made, but we find ourselves replaying again and again many of the conversations that take place underneath and around the songs. We talked about Bob Dylan Starter-Kits and Tom Waits Finishing School. Sweaty hickey parties and haunted pianos with broken hearts. Shock and awe, oil and joy. We talked about how we're often more interesting when we're misunderstood. And about God, and meditation, and the waitress at the Greek restaurant. We talked about the fact that we had 21 new songs and not one damn hit.
"This music was made with an ear to the ground we walk on everyday. We live on this ground, and we will be buried in this dirt. We love the roads that take us far from this place, but those same roads have a way of bringing us back home in the end. If it's not obvious now, it will be when you hear the records we're making 20 years from now." - Linford Detweile