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Interview: Over the Rhine to Celebrate Twenty Years of Music with Two Nights at Largo

Paste Magazine included Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist on its "100 Best Living Songwriters" list.
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When couples celebrate a major anniversary, it's often said that they've been making beautiful music together for a long time. In the case of Over the Rhine, that description is literally as well as figuratively true. The core of the group, which was named after a neighborhood in Cincinnati, is comprised of songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Linford Detweiler and his wife, songwriter/vocalist Karin Bergquist. This year marks the band's 20th anniversary. There's always something new to discover in Over the Rhine's music—it's like musical palimpsest, with each listen revealing a new layer. The band will perform at Largo at the Coronet this Saturday and Sunday. LAist caught up with Detweiler last week to talk about Over the Rhine's 20-year history, their new live album and how he comes up with his playful song titles.

LAist: The band has recorded everywhere from the studio to your living room. How does the space you record in influence the energy of the album?

Linford Detweiler: That's something we've played with a lot. I think Karin sings differently at home. Even if we're working in a great studio, a lot of times she'll take a run at the songs there, then re-cut the vocals at home if she's unhappy with how they turned out. I think it allows her to stand fully in her own shoes and she has more insight into what she's trying to do. Sometimes in the studio you sort of lose perspective on what's working and what's not working.

Over the Rhine - "Trouble"