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Watch Strand Of Oaks perform four songs from ‘Eraserland’ live in the studios of Seattle-based independent radio station KEXP.
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, Strand Of Oaks shared an alternate version of the song “Moon Landing.”
Episode 37 of The JamBase Podcast features Tim Showalter of Strand Of Oaks, “The Rundown” of recent news stories is sponsored by Harmonized Records and the new self-titled Perpetual Groove album.
Reignwolf, Garcia Peoples, Los Coast and CHAI were just a few of JamBase contributor David Schultz’s discoveries at SXSW 2019.
Release Day Picks this week highlights new albums by Strand of Oaks, Ghost Light, Jenny Lewis, Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon, Andrew Bird, Bill MacKay and Head for the Hills.
Watch Strand Of Oaks perform “Ruby” with Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires and members of My Morning Jacket on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.’
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Strand of Oaks is Timothy Showalter, an Indiana Mennonite turned Pennsylvania Hebrew Dayschool teacher who even drives the school bus for extra cash (and has sing-alongs with the pupils as they ease on down the road). It’s like a scene from “Behind the Music” if the weed-soaked Tom Petty was your busdriver, and in this case the metaphors, spread throughout nine tracks, are to be taken quite literally.
Leave Ruin is Strand of Oaks’ hometown deathbed-confession hymnal, the soundtrack of an Exodus. It’s been back roads and parenthetical side streets for Showalter since he left his ruin of small town America. As a Hoosier transplant, he landed in the fertile musical soil of Northeastern Pennsylvania with a few key twists of fate that would turn his tragedy into trajectory.
While escaping a relationship gone worse, Showalter returned home to a house burned down, leaving all of his earthly possessions charred in flames. Spending nights in downtown hotels and on park benches with a borrowed guitar, he began to face the proverbial demons. Like any good roller coaster ride there came an upside, as inspiration grew like weeds within the rubble; songs led to shows, which led to tours of the US and UK with Jason Anderson and Kimya Dawson. Leave Ruin took shape shortly thereafter while touring and collaborating with Lou Rogai (Lewis & Clarke).
Taking cues from such luminaries as Neil Young (On the Beach era) and a burgeoning Springsteen, Showalter extends his musical gesture and searches to find modesty in the midst of confusion, addressing insecurities and settling existential debt with a simple and beautiful delivery. The personification of a Midwestern Grandfather’s advice, his songs smack with hard truth and poignant severity, from child-like naivete to heart worn wisdom… sparse guitar, hammond, rhodes and wooden instruments support an atmosphere that is tender and raw, at times uncomfortable, shockingly candid, and unforgettable.
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio began an 11-show acoustic tour at Smith Opera House in Geneva, New York on Tuesday with a show featuring a pair of solo acoustic debuts, a Curveball story and more.
Steely Dan welcomed David Crosby for a pair of songs on Tuesday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
Oysterhead announced a pair of shows at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado next February 2020.
Dr. Dog will begin 2020 with a month-long winter tour.
Co-founding The Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman discussed his potential participation in a band reunion.