You're my wine
You're my whiskey from time to time
I've recently brought the latest album by Over the Rhine.
'The Long Surrender" is a lovely thing; beautifully produced by the brilliant Joe Henry.
I'm not sure if it's up there with 'Ohio' or the sublime 'Drunkard's Prayer'; only time will tell.
The art work is luxurious; had me thinking "now here's a band with a budget".
Then I read in one of the two included booklets a list of 1000 folk who had contributed to the recording costs.
I'm sure that the much in demand Joe Henry doesn't come cheap.
It reminded me of my recent notes about Lloyd Cole requesting $100 a head from a fan base of 'Executive Producers'.
Seems that a few of you have been involved in helping out your struggling heroes; laudable if they are indeed struggling.
I was reading some American reviews of the album and found this interesting thread; it gets a little vinegary in places but kind of echoes my reservations about the idea.
I get that if it's done well, handled honorably, it could strengthen the bond between a band and its audience. Speaking with friends within the music world it seems that it's becoming more common.
Who knows, if I can come up with a way of humbly reaching out to you; touching you up without stitching you up; you may well be receiving that thoughtfully worded plea sooner rather than later.
Times are hard so brace yourselves...
Meanwhile, back to the music; there's a whiff of The Cowboy Junkies in the world weary delivery; although this seems more substantial. It's more about the sound than the sometimes insubstantial nature of the songs. Maybe the songs are rendered thus by the etherial nature of their presentation; but what presentation! I've always thought that Bersgquist's voice sounded like a sober Lucinda Williams (respect to Williams as I know that she's mainly dry, but her drawl does suggest a penchant for hooch) and blow me, she turns up hollering on the new album...
If you don't know their stuff have a listen to this beauty; 'Born' from 2005's 'Drunkard's Prayer'.
The album was apparently recorded in their home with a stripped down band and helped save Karen Bergquist and Linford Detweiler's troubled relationship. They both look a little 'troubled' above...
Is it me or does anyone else think that Linford looks like he's stuck paper eyes on the lenses of his glasses?