Philadelphia Weekly, September 14, 2010
After 20 years and almost as many albums, Over the Rhine’s “aw, shucks” demeanor and workmanlike devotion have worn into a soft patina of modest indie greatness. The married duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist play finely crafted, genre-straddling songs, as unassuming as their Ohio origins. Bergquist bends her smoky voice around jazz-dappled torch songs and sturdy alt-country tunes. She sings like Billie Holiday with a river town lilt: the molasses ooze of her alto conjures up both back porch strumming and basement cabarets. Despite their troubadour-like touring, Detweiler and Bergquist still have their feet deep in Cincinnati soil and their music reflects it: songs like “Nobody Number 1” are salt of the Earth Americana with a little Rust Belt grit. (Lauren Smith)
Friday, Sept. 17. 7pm. $25-$40. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
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