Strand Of Oaks, Live Session #86

by oz on March 29, 2011

It’s been great to watch Strand Of Oaks (Tim Showalter) gain in popularity over the past couple years. It’s been a very organic, word-of-mouth process, but it he’s still indie music’s best kept secret. His passion is rivaled by that of his fans and his genuineness further endears him to those that love his music.

So back in October, a year since our previous Strand Of Oaks session, Tim called up producer Steve Shirk and said he was in Chicago with some time to kill. There weren’t any managers or publicists coordinating dates, times and backline for a HearYa Live Session. Two friends just decided to meet at the studio to catch up on life and music. They started tinkering around and then recorded an impromptu session. Because that’s what they do. Tim Showalter on lead guitar, vocals, and keys. Steve Shirk on camera ops and studio controls.

I’m sometimes amazed at what a solo musician is able to accomplish. We mentioned Strand Of Oaks joining Joe Pug on tour and they both have a unique ability to offer profound songwriting and sound bigger than themselves. Tim’s music is often desolate, much like Springsteen’s Nebraska, but the space he creates keeps your attention and leaves you hanging on every word.

Most of these songs can be found on Strand Of Oaks’ latest album, Pope Killdragon, with the exception of his take on one of my all time favorite songs, “Ohio,” by Damien Jurado.

Strand Of Oaks Introduction

Exclusive: Strand Of Oaks – Bonfire (Videos: Vimeo | YouTube)

Exclusive: Strand Of Oaks – Alex Kona

Exclusive: Strand Of Oaks – Ohio (Damien Jurado Cover)

Exclusive: Strand Of Oaks – Kill Dragon (Videos: Vimeo | YouTube)

Download the Strand Of Oaks Live Session as a zip file.

Video: Strand Of Oaks – Bonfire (Live at Shirk Music + Sound in Chicago)

Video: Strand Of Oaks – Kill Dragon (Live at Shirk Music + Sound in Chicago)



{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Woody March 30, 2011 at 10:08 am

I had the pleasure of catching Tim at Central Presbyterian. As always, he was tremendous. He had himself a drummer as well which made it all the better.

Berni April 1, 2011 at 8:04 am

I saw him a couple of times when he was touring with Jason Anderson. “Tim’s music is often desolate, much like Springsteen’s Nebraska” – I can tell you that with a band he can really rock out too. He’s a nice guy as well. Buy his music, go to his shows, you won’t be disappointed.

Julian April 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm

How can I download this?

Julian April 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Found it. Guess I was just spacing out.

Mike Vial October 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

This is really cool. I enjoyed seeing the three frame perspective for Tim’s piano song.

Vanessa December 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm

hey! i just caught strand of oaks last night and guess who he dedicated a song to who was standing behind me? joe pug. strange place last night was.

Oz December 3, 2011 at 12:17 am

Did you hug them both? Very huggable those guys.

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