Sub-genres plague the fickle world of rock and roll. Google lands Strand Of Oaks in the ‘folk rock’ camp. Agree to disagree. Strand Of Oaks is the music of songwriter Timothy Showalter; a delicate mix of subtle Lucero angst balanced with a Band of Horses ear for melody. With a Shooter Jennings-like knack for capturing living moments, Strand Of Oaks simply can’t hide the pain.
Cheating wife. Burning house. Near death car wreck. 2014’s Heal is the stuff of legends. You find yourself stride for stride with Showalter as he makes sense of this sick, sad, lonely world. I’ve played the record through twice today, and it’s only 8 am. Your weekend bender soundtrack has arrived.