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KEXP Presents: Strand Of Oaks

Strand of Oaks performs "Shut In," live for KEXP. (KEXP)

Music has always provided catharsis, relief and healing. But few artists tap directly into that power the way Tim Showalter has: His Strand Of Oaks project goes so far as to name its most recent album Heal. Like pages from a diary, the Philly songwriter's lyrics delve into moments of crisis, frustration and, ultimately, inspiration that couldn't be more true to life. These are, after all, Showalter's own stories — basically "comic-book origin stories," as he says in his insightful interview with Morning Show's John Richards.

Most importantly, Showalter's pull-no-punches approach on Heal's muscular and anthemic — and, yes, healing — songs turns his moments into ours, making it hard not to relate to his every word.


  • "Shut In"

Watch the rest of Strand Of Oaks' performance on KEXP's YouTube channel.

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