TRAVELLING TO California to work with a name producer instead of staying home with a 4-track may have cost Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, the couple otherwise known as Over The Rhine, a chance to make their Nebraska.
The Long Surrender is about learning to turn your troubles over to a higher power, something they’ve recently watched friends struggle with in a variety of ways. The songs are heartfelt and extremely well written, usually needing nothing more than piano for accompaniment, as illustrated in the demo versions I’ve paired with album cuts and on tracks like Infamous Love Songs and Oh Yeah By the Way. If only Only God Can Save Us Now was done that way too!
It is a terrific, at times brilliant album well worth buying. A home demos only version might have be one of the great albums of all time, however.
Meet accompanist – and songwriter – Kim Taylor