We all have bands we believe in with all our hearts. Over the Rhine is that kind of band for me. Since 2001, I've purchased all their albums, attended many of their concerts, and encouraged many of my friends to listen to their songs like "Latter Days" and "Spark."
Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler of Over the Rhine will soon be recording the follow-up to 2007's The Trumpet Child, with Joe Henry producing. It will be released via their own label, Great Speckled Dog, which they 100% own. Sounds great, right?
Well, they need your help.
I'll leave it to Linford Detweiler to explain:
Our first chapter with our very own Great Speckled Dog Records was the release of The Trumpet Child and Snow Angels. We learned a lot. Thanks to you, those projects supported us, and our touring ensemble, for almost 3 years. The Trumpet Child is on pace to eventually out sell any record released on our behalf by a label in the last 20 years. It has been a rare blessing, to see the audience for our music continue to steadily grow.
But now we find ourselves very much at the end of an album cycle winding down. It's time for the next step. It's time for a new Over the Rhine record.
Friends, the good news is this:
In 2010, there is no middleman.
It's just us and you.
So, for the first time in our career, we are simply going to appeal directly to you, the people who care about Over the Rhine's music, and ask if you will partner directly with us in making this new record.
We have a little less than four weeks to raise the money. It's an ambitious step for us, but it feels right.
Whatever funds we are able to raise will go directly to our label, Great Speckled Dog, to help take care of this new music we will make. It will be used to help cover actual recording costs, and give the songs the best send-off into the world that we can afford. (We do plan to see the record distributed nationally and internationally.)
Close friends are always surprised when we begin to tally the costs involved in getting an Over the Rhine record recorded and out the door. We'll spare you a full report, but generating a well-made thing - it does add up.
If you're willing to help us make this record, we will offer our gratitude in all sorts of ways. (We're not asking for something for nothing. We had a little fun and came up with a whole range of options you can grin at.)
Click here to see how you can help Over the Rhine make their next record!