December 2010 – Musicians – Over The Rhine




Over the Rhine is an Ohio-based band the core of which is the husband-and-wife team of pianist/guitarist/bassist Linford Detweiler and vocalist/guitarist Karin Bergquist. The band originally began as a quartet with guitarist Ric Hordinski and drummer Brian Kelley. Ric left the band in December 1996 and Brian continued to play into 1997 before departing. Over the Rhine is now primarily Bergquist  and Detweiler accompanied by complementary musicians on albums and tours. Along withKarin Bergquist (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano) and Linford Detweiler (keyboards, electric bass, vocals) the line-up consists of Jake Bradley(upright bass, electric bass, electric guitar) and Kenny Hutson (electric guitar, mandolin, pedal steel, dobro). Mickey Grimm, the band’sdrummer, decided to retire from the road at the end of 2009. Mickey worked with Karin and Linford on the recording of “The Trumpet Child”and they enjoyed working together so much that he agreed to tour with the band “for a few months,” that was over three years ago.He is not retiring from music, only from touring and will continue to do  work and teach. At this time, no new drummer has been announced.

The band’s namesake and place of origin is the Cincinnati, Ohio neighborhood Over-the-Rhine. Karin attended school in Barnesville, Ohio and  from Barnesville High School in 1984. She then went to Malone College, located in Canton, Ohio, where she met Linford. They have both toured and recorded in many shapes and forms. Over the years, the band has shared the stage with a number of musicians, including Bob Dylan, John Prine, Adrian Belew, Squeeze, Ani DiFranco, and toured as “adjunct” members of Cowboy Junkies.

Abridged from Wikiepdia

Lnl Questionnaire

Completed by: Karin Bergquist

Your favourite virtue?

Your favourite qualities in a man?
Empathy, loyalty and humour.

Your favourite qualities in a woman?
Same as above plus a few dangerous curves

Your main characteristic?
I try very hard – sometimes too hard.

What draws you most to your friends?
With my friends I’m extremely comfortable, I can laugh about anything — especially myself.
Given the opportunity what would you most like to change?All of my bad habits. Well, most of them.

Who would you most like to take out for dinner?
I’d like to cook dinner for our current President (Barack Obama) and his family.
No pressure.

Your idea of happiness?
A world with no divisiveness and more listening, more discussion, more kindness and generosity.
Lots of laughter.

What is your favourite way of spending the day?
It would have to be relaxing or even working at our small farm (Nowhere Farm) with my Love and my dogs, Elroy, Shakey and Porter.

Whose life other than yours would you most like to have lived?
Other than spending five minutes inside the mind of Tom Waits for fun, probably no one.

Where would you most like to live?
Now if you asked me where I’d rather be, I’d say Nowhere. But every now and then a trip to the Caribbean is nice. There’s this little
town in Italy called Lucca where we like to hide away as well.

Who is your favourite author?
Too many to name. Couldn’t begin to go there. And I read lots of memoirs as well.

Who is your favourite poet?
BH Fairchild is my most favourite right now. But I also love Mary Oliver, James Wright, Maya Angelou, Andrew Hudgins, Scott Cairns,
Paul Mariani, Anne Sexton, and and and…
Your favourite painters?Andrew Wyeth, Grant Wood, Toulouse-Lautrec, Georgia O’Keeffe. And Marc Chagall. In no particular order…
My favourite book illustrator and engraver/woodcut artist is Barry Moser. (He also designed my tattoo.)

Who is your favourite composer?
If I had to pick one it would be Rachmaninoff.
What is your favourite Film?My Life As A Dog / Wings of Desire / It’s A Wonderful Life. Three-way tie.

Your favourite food?
Fresh garden tomatoes and home made pesto.
Your favourite drink?It’s another three-way tie between fresh water, good coffee and a dirty vodka martini.

Who do you most admire?
My step-grandfather was an agnostic. When I was four I asked him what God was and he felt he couldn’t answer me,
so he took me to
church and let me make up my own mind. He loved me that much. He also introduced me to some great music and is my all-time hero.
Unfortunately he died when I was just six years old.

What is your present state of mind?
I just drove through countryside to come home. The fall colour and natural beauty does wonders.

For what fault have you most toleration?
I have the hardest time with intentional rudeness, but can more easily forgive social awkwardness.

Your favourite motto?
Comparison is the thief of joy.


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