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Nowhere Spring
Dear extended musical family,

Karin and I would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

Although at times the disparity between the world we hope for and the broken world that we actually inhabit can feel like a wound too deep to heal, the fact remains that there is much to be grateful for:

Chosen family – we’ve found each other
Good dogs
Good music
Meaningful work
Our accumulated memories and stories
Our sometimes loneliness
The gift of learning to be astonished
The gift of learning that through our imperfect world runs a deep current of love that refuses to be contained or extinguished

Somebody reminded me today that I once wrote this in a moment of clarity:

"I’d like to leave some token of appreciation behind in exchange for the gift of having been alive in this world. I would like people to know that I tried to praise the mutilated world and that I found a little piece of unpaved earth and paid attention."

Yes, we continue to work for, write toward, sing of the healing that we all yearn for and need.
We arrived home from Colorado yesterday evening. One of the first things I like to do is fill the birdfeeders – the painted green wooden feeder that my father made by hand and gave us one Christmas, the finch feeders, the suet feeders for the woodpeckers etc. Not all birds fly south for the winter and this act of tending to the many songbirds that overwinter on or near the farm feels like a thread that connects me to an earlier time. And it reminds me that even if it’s something relatively insignificant, there is usually more than enough to go around.

We won’t take a ton of your time today as you prepare to gather with your families, but we do want to let you in on a few juicy bits of Over the Rhine news.
Our brand new Christmas record called Blood Oranges In The Snow is available, the songs being passed around for real now. Thanks for the many little notes you’ve sent our way regarding our latest. Stop by our website if you’d like to take this music home with you. You can download all the songs immediately. And yes, we hope you might share this music with a few loved ones. 

If you’d like to sample the new songs, we’d like to thank the Canadian Broadcasting Company for streaming Blood Oranges on their website this week. So much great music has come from up there north of the border, it’s an honor to be included. Here 
is the link to the CBC page:!/artists/Over-The-Rhine

We will be packing our bags and the guitars next week and taking these new songs on the road along with a few requisite old familiars. It’s a great time of year to bundle in out of the cold and share some music and conversation. We hope to see you soon.

December 13,  Grand Rapids, MI,  Calvin College
December 20,  Cincinnati, OH,  The Taft Theatre

And looking ahead just a bit, we will be visiting the West Coast in February as well – always a thrill.

February 10, Portland, OR, Aladdin Theatre
February 11, Eugene, OR, The Shedd
February 13, Berkeley, CA, Freight & Salvage
February 14, Mill Valley, CA, Sweetwater Music Hall
February 15, Santa Cruz, CA, Rio Theater
February 17, Solana Beach, CA, The Bellyup
February 18, West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour
February 20, Phoenix, AZ, Musical Instrument Museum

Finally, we will be writing much more about this in the coming weeks and months, but it’s time to let the proverbial cat out of the bag. Karin and I have commenced the biggest project of our career: we are going to restore/transform a 140-year-old barn here in rural Ohio into a permanent music venue and our creative home base for future recording projects, workshops, special concerts etc. We have acquired the barn, which is part of an old farm about 15 minutes up the road from Nowhere Farm. This new property will be an extension of our home and all things Nowhere Farm and will give us enough infrastructure to begin hosting our own concert series, offering occasional songwriting workshops, and sharing some of the amazing artists with you that we have befriended over the years. (We will continue to tour, but will also try to encourage you to come to us from time to time.) (And yes, this idea was partly inspired by Levon Helm, and the Midnight Rambles he held in his barn.)

We will be doing some fundraising events to make this longtime dream a reality, the centerpiece of which will be “barn raising” concerts held on the farm on Memorial Day Wknd, May 23 & 24, 2015. If you know you want to be a part of this huge step for us, and our music, tickets to these special concerts are now available. We hope you’ll make plans to join us – can’t wait to show you this new chapter that’s unfolding. And again, much more on this in the coming days…

Check out our website for ticket links.

Thanks to all of you who have shared this journey with us so far. We are grateful and feeling inspired.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Peace like a river, love like an ocean,

Linford and Karin
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Cincinnati, OH 45212

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