Graham Reid | | <1 min read
When this alt.country duo from Cincinnati made a short promo tour in '06 they were widely interviewed, and their albums Ohio ('03) and The Drunkard's Prayer ('05) much acclaimed.
Grammy-winner Henry returns for this double disc (divided into Sacred Ground and Blue Jean Sky) recorded in less than a week and funded by fans contributing through the OTR website.
There's a confidence here in Karin Bergquist's vocals when she gets saucy'n'funky (Gonna Let My Soul Catch My Body), drops towards a cracked and melancholy folk-cabaret style (All Of It Was Music) or works their melodic, thoughtful Americana.
And writer/guitarist Linford Detweiler here makes more prominent vocal contributions.
Guests include Aimee Mann and Van Dyke Parks, but although there's also a small group on hand this is OTR as fans will want them: up-close and intimate, intelligent but emotional.
Aside from the Band's It Makes No Difference, these are all crafted originals from Detweiler and/or Bergquist which come direct from heart to heart.