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Music: Stand of Oaks

By Garin Pirnia · August 13th, 2014 · CityBeat Recommends
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Like many good singer/songwriters, Timothy Showalter harnesses his personal dramas and setbacks into potent songs about growing up in Goshen, Ind., and wrestling his demons — sometimes within the span of the same song.

On his fourth record, the June-released HEAL, the now Philly-based Showalter, aka Strand of Oaks, sheds some of the minimal Folk Rock from his previous endeavors and delves into a world of warm, synth-driven beats and guitar Rock. 

For his live shows, Showalter employs a full band, which elevates his songs to another level.

It’s unfortunate Showalter had to experience such tragedies — like his house burning down, a failed marriage and a concussion from a car accident — in order to write such tremendous songs, but those kind of things have plucked Showalter out of obscurity and mounted him in the spotlight as a force to be reckoned with.

Strand of Oaks performs Thursday, Aug. 14 at MOTR Pub. The show is free. More info here.


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