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Strand of Oaks
Philadelphia’s Tim Showalter began his musical journey in standard singer-songwriter mode—a heartsick fella and his trusty guitar—even if his lyricism largely avoided the confessional style typically associated with that setup. (One early song, “Daniel’s Blues,” envisioned a forlorn Dan Aykroyd taking revenge on John Belushi’s dope dealer.) Five albums in, his Strand of Oaks project has evolved into a full-on rock and roll band, as heard on this year’s lavish Hard Love LP. Conversely, Showalter’s writing has become more personal; on the new album’s final track, “Taking Acid and Talking to My Brother,” he details a harrowing night spent in the hospital with his ailing sibling.
STRAND OF OAKS Melodic, driving rock and roll courtesy of songwriter Tim Showalter and band. See Calendar Pick on p. 12.
JASON ANDERSON New Hampshire-based folk-rock singer-songwriter.