Straight from the horse’s mouth…or rather, from Dr. Fred Johnson’s keyboard:
Many of you already know that Over he Rhine, a folk duo (and sometimes-band) from Cincinnati will give a **free** performance for the Whitworth community on Wednesday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the HUB. Open to the Whitworth Community. They’ll also do a talk about their work (and faith and place and community) in the morning, 10:25 a.m.
They’ve been around since 1989. They’ve shared the stage with a lot of amazing musicians, including Bob Dylan and Ani Difranco. They’ve been touring members of the Cowboy Junkies (another often astounding band). They were on the same independent record label as REM back in the early 90s. And–always with the core songwriting duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist–they’ve produced a lot of stunning albums over the years.
- Here’s a recent live recording.
- Here’s a song that pictures Jesus as a woman drinking in New Orleans: Over The Rhine – Jesus In New Orleans
- Here’s one of the best and most hopeful sad songs I’ve ever heard: Over The Rhine – Latter Days
Over the Rhine is a heart-and-mind kind of band. They have never really been a part of any “contemporary Christian music” scene, but their Christian faith often finds its way into their work thoughtfully and beautifully, with all the mess you might want from real and artful engagement with questions of faith.
It would be great if you’d click the “attending” links on those pages, so we can get some sense of headcount (especially for the morning talk).
More songs? Okay, more songs.
Hope to see you all there!
Dr. Johnson (In my English Department Chair/Concert Promoter Role)