The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

Strand Of Oaks Shares Alternate Version Of “Moon Landing” On 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11

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Strand-Of-Oaks-Moon-Landing-EraserlandBack in March, Tim Showalter released his sixth album as Strand Of Oaks, Eraserland. Recorded with the assistance of his friends in My Morning Jacket, Eraserland is of his strongest works yet, and ranked on our list of the best albums of 2019 so far. One of its key tracks sits … More »

The Story Behind Every Song On Strand Of Oaks’ New Album Eraserland

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Strand-Of-Oaks-EraserlandToday, Tim Showalter returns with Eraserland, his sixth album as Strand Of Oaks. It almost didn’t happen. As the touring behind 2017’s Hard Love was coming to a close, Showalter found himself defeated. After the wild journey from his 2014 breakthrough HEAL to its follow-up, something didn’t click. Unsatisfied with his … More »

Watch Strand Of Oaks Play Colbert With Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires

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Strand-Of-Oaks-on-ColbertNext week, Tim Showalter, the burly rock classicist who records as Strand Of Oaks, will release the new album Eraserland. It’s a big swing. Showalter recorded the song with a pretty impressive backing band: All the non-Jim James members of My Morning Jacket. A few weeks ago, he shared “Ruby,” a sparkling reminisce … More »

Strand Of Oaks – “Keys”

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Timothy Showalter is releasing his sixth album under the Strand Of Oaks name soon. As we mentioned in our look at Eraserland’s first single, “Weird Ways,” this full-length comes after a time of artistic uncertainty and doubt for Showalter during the era of his last album, Hard Love. Thankfully, My Morning … More »

Strand Of Oaks – “Ruby”

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Strand Of OaksLast month, heartland rocker Tim Showalter announced Eraserland, his sixth album under the name Strand Of Oaks. Recorded with the members of My Morning Jacket (sans frontman Jim James) as his backing band, the follow-up to 2017’s Hard Love and last year’s companion piece Harder Love will be out next month. We’ve already … More »

Strand Of Oaks – “Weird Ways” Video

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Strand-Of-Oaks-EraserlandJust under two years ago, Tim Showalter released Hard Love, his fifth album under the Strand Of Oaks moniker. It was the successor to his 2014 breakthrough HEAL, and as such came with a lot of pressure, the weight of following up your most acclaimed and scrutinized career turning point yet. The years … More »

Strand Of Oaks’ Tim Showalter & Surviving Magnolia Electric Co. Members Form Goshen Electric Co.

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Goshen Electric Co. - "The Gray Tower" b/w "Ring The Bell"The centerpiece of Strand Of Oaks’ 2014 breakout album HEAL was “JM,” a mammoth tribute to the late Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. frontman Jason Molina. The song was a seven-minute powerhouse that artfully mimicked Molina’s signature style, one of those brooding folk-rock ballads that bloomed into a towering classic rock guitar-slinger. More »

Strand Of Oaks’ Harder Love Is A Glimpse Of What Hard Love Could Have Been

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Almost exactly 11 months ago today, Tim Showalter released his fifth album under his moniker Strand Of Oaks, Hard Love. After the breakthrough and acclaim that came with 2014’s HEAL, there was some anticipation: That he’d finally settled into his groove as a songwriter and performer, that there could be another record’s worth of deeply … More »