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Listen: Strand Of Oaks’ excellent new song “Shut In”

on May 20, 2014, 4:05pm

When Strand Of Oaks’ Timothy Showalter sings, his grainy, full-throated voice booms with intensity and charisma. He showed off his now-developed croon with “Goshen ’97”, the lead single off his new album HEAL, which hits stores on June 24th via Dead Oceans. On his latest song, “Shut In”, Showalter sounds even better, enough to elicit straight-faced comparisons to Bruce Springsteen.

Kicking off with crisp guitar chords, Showalter paints vivid glimpses into his past, his doubts, and struggles. In the chorus, there are twinkling guitar chords and sputtering leads along with Showalter’s screams for healing. Ending with a guitar solo and a piano, it’s a very intimate and cathartic track that fits perfectly with HEAL being Showalter’s “most autobiographical” offering yet. Listen in below (via SPIN).

Along with stops in Chicago and New York in June, Strand Of Oaks will hit the road in August for an extensive North American tour. Check the full docket below.

Strand of Oaks 2014 Tour Dates:
06/21 – Chicago, IL @ XRT’s First Impression Concert Series @ Hideout
06/26 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
08/07 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
08/08 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground – Lounge *
08/09 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore *
08/11 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake *
08/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe *
08/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub *
08/15 – Bloomington, IN @ Russian Recording *
08/16 – Goshen, IN @ Ignition Music Garage *
08/18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater *
08/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *
08/21 – St Louis, MO @Off Broadway *
08/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
08/23 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive *
08/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
08/26 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern *
08/27 – Vancouver, Canada @ Biltmore Cabaret *
08/28 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
08/30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
08/31 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place *
09/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
09/04 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
09/05 – Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit *
09/07 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
09/09 – Austin, TX @ Lamberts *
09/10 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree *
09/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
09/12 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
09/13 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook *
09/14 – Washington, D.C. @ DC9 *
09/19 – Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle *

* = w/ Chris Denny

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