Strand Of Oaks, Live Session #58

by oz on October 28, 2009

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Strand Of Oaks is Timothy Showalter. Shirk characterized him as a jolly sort of guy, always wearing a smile and communicating mostly in jokes. That characterization stands in contrast to the music of Strand Of Oaks, which I’d imagine is sacred ground. It’s that cathartic place where the songwriter can let down his guard, self-reflect and explore themes of devastation in relationships, lost possessions and burning homes. I, for one, am thankful that he’s willing to let us in to this world because, while it may be fraught with peril, there’s beauty on the other side.

Leave Ruin was one of my favorite albums this year even though it was released the year before. I discovered it on my own, without being approached by a label, PR rep or some music biz type representative.‚  That kind of music discovery really excites me these days, especially when it’s music like this. It’s honest and wears its heart on its sleeve. Leave Ruin is an album that washes a peaceful calm over you. I’ve had it playing in the background during countless evenings with the wife or dinners with the family. So, I guess in a way, I’ve let Strand Of Oaks into my world and he’s part of the soundtrack of my life – at least in 2009.

And here we are with a live session. Tim brings the songs to life with a quiet intensity, armed with only an electric guitar and his words. He kicks the sesh off with a version of Bruce Springsteens “Used Cars” from Nebraska, an album which I imagine has enormously influenced Strand Of Oaks’ Leave Ruin. Both albums are stripped down and desolate. From there he moves into “End In Flames” from Leave Ruin, which strikes a chord if you’ve heard his back story – at least the part about his house burning down. He also tosses in an unreleased track called “Daniel’s Blues,” just to let you know he ain’t finished yet.

Exclusive: Strand Of Oaks – Used Cars (Bruce Springsteen Cover)

Exclusive: Strand Of Oaks – End In Flames

Exclusive: Strand Of Oaks – Daniel’s Blues (Previously Unreleased)

Exclusive: Strand Of Oaks – New Paris

Download the Strand Of Oaks live session as a zip.

Video: Strand Of Oaks – End In Flames

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Woody October 28, 2009 at 11:52 am

Tim was an absolute pleasure to have in the studio both on a personal and musical level. Can’t say enough good things about him.

Smansmith October 28, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Very nice, thanks again for getting Tim into the studio as it is some great stuff. That Springsteen cover is soo good.

Berni October 28, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Tim’s got a nice voice and is a talented guy. His performances are a treat. Thanks for showcasing him to a larger audience!

Vanessa October 29, 2009 at 6:45 am

His voice + guitar = soothing. And that Springsteen cover is LOVELY. Would love to catch him live..have a feeling I wld be hypnotized. Thank you for sharing this talent!

KOKOMO WebRadio October 29, 2009 at 8:39 am

beautiful sessions, we also love & support his music !

you’ll also probably enjoy these 4 songs : http://thesecretstereo.com/oaks.html

ZK November 10, 2009 at 7:43 am

Any chance he talked about “Daniel’s Blues” to anyone from the site? Seems like it’s about Saturday Night Live somehow. Beautiful track.Thanks for sharing.

joe February 7, 2010 at 9:41 am

Nice stuff. Did you ever consider doing Neil Young. You have that sound and feel.

fan June 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Tim is just too damn good, talented, not to make it to the next level. Keep it up Tim,! Thanks for this spotlight on him.

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