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Home Is Where Over The Rhine's Heart -- And Music -- Is

Of the Oakland Press

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They say home is where the heart is — and it’s also where the music is for Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, the married couple who comprise Over the Rhine.

The two own a 180-year-old house in southern Ohio. “It’s just a beautiful little brick house, and an old barn with hand-carved beams,” Detweiler, 43, says. “Fortunately most of the land around it is still being farmed, so there’s about 1,500 acres of land around us, just kind of rolling fields and meandering tree lines.

“Our nearest neighbor is sixtenths of a mile to the east, so there’s lots of wide-open space. It’s a great balance with working city to city like we do.”

Over the Rhine recorded its latest studio album, “Trumpet Child,” in Nashville. But Detweiler says the house had a marked effect on “Snow Angels, the duo’s new set of holiday songs.

“We recorded that here in the house, in these rooms where we wake up every day and walk around,” he explains. “So it’s got a little bit of the sound of the house in it.

“The title track in particular was loosely inspired by us imagining what the first couple who built the house might have been thinking as the Civil War started to unfold and all that. It’s kind of a protest song, a sad little tale of a man going off to war. (The house) had that kind of effect on that record.”

Over the Rhine performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 2) at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $25. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

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