Well folks, 

It's time. There is snow outside. Highs in the low-20's today. Towns w/o 
power in the south and parts of the Midwest. Yes, it's time for Over the 
Rhine to hit the road.

Quite often, prior to these December tours, Karin and I look at each other 
and say, What were we thinking? 

But in spite of snowy roads, in spite of our breath making ghosts in the icy 
air, these hard-won, after-dark Christmas concerts are usually among our 
favorite shows of the year. There's just something about coming in out of the 
cold to make music for warm-blooded folks. We're playing as an acoustic 
quartet this December with a cellist and percussionist--something we've never 
tried. And somehow, even after all these years, we are excited by the 
prospect that we have no idea what will happen.

A few reminders:

If you're coming to the Cincinnati show on Friday, please remember to bring 
an item to donate to the Cincinnati YWCA Battered Women's Shelter. (There's 
something oddly heartening about showing up at a concert with a 24 pack of TP 
under one arm. Sort of helps everyone keep perspective.)

And if you'd like to be interviewed before the Cincinnati concert, doors open 
at 7pm. Kris Barberg, our producer, will be set up in the downstairs lobby. 
She and a crew are shooting the concert. We're beginning to gather footage 
for a DVD project, and we'd like you to participate if you're so inclined. 
Bring along a few stories, and you can leave your hat on.

So we're playing this month in Cincinnati, Chicago (two shows), Cleveland, 
Boston, Northampton (Mass), NYC (two shows) and Philadelphia (two shows). 
Bill Mallonee is joining us for all the dates. Woot!

You can check out overtherhine.com for more on all the above. (And it's a 
great place to get your hands on a fist-full of cd's if you want to spread 
some music around this Christmas.)

Thanks for everything.

Happy holidays,

Over the Rhine