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Strand of Oaks Shares New Love Song for His Wife – “Keys”

Eraserland Due Out March 22 via Dead Oceans

Mar 05, 2019
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Strand of Oaks (the project of Timothy Showalter) is releasing a new album, Eraserland, on March 22 via Dead Oceans. Now he has shared another song from the album, the slow-burner "Keys" which he says is something of a love song for his wife Sue. Listen below, followed by his upcoming tour dates.

Showalter had this to say about "Keys" in a press release: "I've tried ever since Strand of Oaks started to properly write or express my love for my wife and best friend Sue. We've grown up together and without a doubt you would have never heard of me if it wasn't for Sue. She worked two jobs at the beginning of Oaks just to make sure I could get plane tickets to some tour I would inevitably lose money on and for six records she was the first to ever hear any song I've ever written. In a way everything that I've written is a love song for her. I was a lonely and aimless kid when we first met and it was her unconditional support that gave me the courage to pursue this dream. But 'Keys' is a song about the future and realizing with more years the aspects of life that truly matter and what seems so important in the moment just slips into dust. If you listen to the second chorus you will hear the best and only take we could find where both me and my producer Kevin could get through without tears. 'I'll buy us a trailer down in the Keys,' may be the most honest and true realization I've ever expressed to my love. I truly hope anyone listening is loved by someone like I have."  

Previously Strand of Oaks shared Eraserland's first single, and opening track, "Weird Ways" (which was our #1 Song of the Week). Then he shared another song from it, "Ruby," via a video that is made up of home movie footage captured by his father (Jeff Showalter) on a video camera when he was a child. "Ruby" was also our #1 Song of the Week.

The majority of My Morning Jacket (Carl Broemel, Bo Koster, Patrick Hallahan, and Tom Blankenship) back-up Showalter on Eraserland, which also features Jason Isbell and Emma Ruth Rundle.

The album is the follow-up to 2017's Hard Love. Kevin Ratterman produced the album, which was recorded at La La Land Studios in Louisville, KY. A previous press release set the stage for the album: "Empty and determined that he would never write songs again, dark thoughts crept in and Showalter, concerned for his own well-being decided to go on a spiritual pilgrimage - to the Jersey Shore." His friends in My Morning Jacket, especially Carl Broemel, heard Showalter was in a bad way and offered their assistance in recording the next Strand of Oaks album, that they could be his backing band. So Showalter got to writing and demoing the new album in February 2017, alone in Wildwood, NJ. Then the album was recorded in Louisville in April 2017.

"This project seemed to just fall together naturally," said Broemel in the press release. "I felt drawn to Tim's positive energy and his albums...I threw it out there that I'd be happy to help in any way I could with the record." 

My Morning Jacket's Patrick Hallahan added: "I remember sitting next to Tim and Kevin listening to the final mixes with tears rolling down my cheeks. From start to finish, this one came from the heart."

The press release called "Forever Chords" the definitive track on Eraserland, saying the song is "the manifestation of everything he hoped to achieve on this record and for Strand of Oaks as a whole."

Showalter added: "When I finished writing 'Forever Chords,' I felt like this is either the last song I ever need to write, or the rebirth of Strand of Oaks."

Read our review of Hard Love.

Strand of Oaks Tour Dates:

4/10 - FM Kirby Center - Wilkes-Barre, PA
4/11 - U Street Music Hall - Washington, D.C.
4/12 - Motorco Music Hall - Durham, NC
4/13 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
4/14 - Saturn - Birmingham, AL
4/16 - Antone's - Austin, TX
4/17 - Three Links - Dallas, TX
4/19 - Meow Wolf - Santa Fe, NM
4/20 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
4/22 - Teragram Ballroom - Los Angeles, CA
4/23 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA
4/25 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
4/26 - Neumos - Seattle, WA
4/27 - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
4/28 - The Bartlett - Spokane, WA
5/1 - Turf Club - Minneapolis, MN
5/2 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
5/3 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
5/4 - The Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN
5/6 - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
5/7 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
5/8 - Sinclair - Boston, MA
5/9 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
5/10 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
5/20 - Metropool - Hengelo, THE NETHERLANDS
5/21 - Blue Shell - Cologne, GERMANY
5/23 - Loppen - Copenhagen, DENMARK
5/24 - Privatclub - Berlin, GERMANY
5/25 - TivoliVredenburg - Utrecht, THE NETHERLANDS
5/26 - TRIX - Antwerp, BELGIUM
5/27 - Omeara - London, UK
5/29 - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK
5/31 - Whelan's - Dublin, IRELAND
6/29 - Rock Werchter - Werchter, BELGIUM

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March 5th 2019
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