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.
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)