It was the Damien Jurado comparisons that made me give Strand of Oaks an initial listen, but it was his music that made me stick around and want to find out more.
Thought it was an interesting story too, so here's a little of his bio:
Strand of Oaks is Timothy Showalter, an Indiana Mennonite turned Pennsylvania Hebrew Dayschool teacher who even drives the school bus for extra cash (and has sing-alongs with the pupils as they ease on down the road). While escaping a relationship gone worse, Showalter returned home one day to a house burned down, leaving all of his earthly possessions charred in flames. Spending nights in downtown hotels and on park benches with a borrowed guitar, he began to face the proverbial demons.
Out of all this spawned Showalter's latest release, Leave Ruin, which is out now on La Société Expéditionnaire.
Strand of Oaks just announced a new round of tour dates, which you can catch below.
Strand of Oaks- "End in Flames"
Strand Of Oaks on the road:
02/16 - North Manchester, IN - The Firehouse
02/17 - Ypsilanti, MI - The Elbow Room w/ Chris Bathgate
02/18 - Grand Rapids, MI - The DAAC
02/19 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon w/ Juniper Tar, Common Loon
02/20 - Milwuakee, WI - Cactus Club w/ Daredevil Christopher Wright, Conrad Plymouth
02/21 - Chicago, IL - Halfway Lounge w/ Mako Sica
02/24 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop w/ Vollmar, Mayor of Rocky, Ripple
02/25 - Akron, OH - The Manitee
02/26 - Columbus, OH - Skylab w/ The Black Swans
02/27 - Millheim, PA - Elk Creek Tavern w/ Chicken Tractor
02/28 - Frostburg, MD - House Show
03/01 - Baltimore, MD - The Wind Up Space
03/02 - Kutztown, PA - Eckhaus Gallery w/ Bad Temple
03/03 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon
03/04 - Stroudsburg, PA - Main St. Jukebox
03/05 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fire w/ Hezekiah Jones
Strand of Oaks on myspace.