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Watch Strand Of Oaks, The Infamous Stringdusters and Holly Bowling cover Phish as part of Relix’s ‘13 For 13’ video series.
Watch Strand Of Oaks perform four songs from their new album ‘Hard Love’ live at KEXP in Seattle.
Timothy Showalter, aka Strand Of Oaks, has issued a free EP featuring a cover of “Dirt” by Phish and two other covers.
This week’s edition of Release Date Picks highlights new albums out today by Ryan Adams, Marco Benevento, Alison Krauss, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Nikki Lane and Strand of Oaks.
The band’s second night at The Moore Theatre featured the debut of a solo original by frontman Jim James.
Watch Timothy Showalter and crew rip a nearly 10-minute version of “JM” at the festival in Belgium.
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About Strand of Oaks
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.
Perry Farrell joined Bob Weir & Wolf Bros for a Tom Petty cover and more at The Theatre At Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Neil Young will release a new live album ‘Songs For Judy’ which was recorded in 1976 and features the single “Campaigner.”
Keyboardist Robert Walter discussed his “Musical Mentors” and guitarist Ryley Walker shared “Tour Stories” for Episode 23 of ‘The JamBase Podcast.’
Legendary performer Roger Waters performed his Pink Floyd contribution “Two Suns In The Sunset” for the first time on Wednesday night in Salvador, Brazil.
Phish tour continued with their second night at Times Union Center in Albany, New York. Check out the show’s setlist, recap and The Skinny.