New Release, Video & Tour: Strand Of Oaks – Eraserland / Weird Ways

On March 22nd, Strand of Oaks (Timothy Showalter) will return with his 6th album, Eraserland

On Eraserland, Showalter is backed by My Morning Jacket members Carl Broemel, Bo Koster, Patrick Hallahan and Tom Blankenship, who played a crucial role in the making of the album, along with the sensational Jason Isbell. The new record was produced by Kevin Ratterman and recorded at La La Land Studios in Louisville, KY

The album features the lead single, Weird Ways, which can be heard today via the following video…

Writer-producer Timothy Showalter has always used the highs and lows of his own life as the source material for his gut punching rock songs. Each of his experiences examined, mediated on and crafted into confessional albums for the world to share. The therapeutic experience of making art this way was often short lived, leading Showalter to bouts of depression and after 2017’s Hard Love, he found himself spent. 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

During this time, the members of My Morning Jacket, good friends of Showalter’s had gotten word of the terrible state he was in and decided to take things into their own hands. Carl Broemel messaged Showalter and informed him that Bo Koster would be soon be on a two week break from his tour with Roger Waters and they would all be free to meet in Louisville to make the next Strand Of Oaks record. Divine intervention or forceful ultimatum, it was the opportunity Showalter needed. He spent the following weeks on the beach doing a mental tearing down-to-the-studs. What emerged was Eraserland, a monumental turn for Strand Of Oaks

Discussing the record, Showalter states: “When I was writing these songs, every day I would walk on the beach and I was completely alone and overwhelmed by fear…but then I realized how there really aren’t any rules for who you are, who you’ll become, or who you think you need to be. Eraserland is just that. It’s death to ego, and rebirth to anything or anyone you want to be”

“This project seemed to just fall together naturally,” said Broemel, guitarist for My Morning Jacket. “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.” Broemel quickly reignited Showalter’s interest in what would become Strand of Oaks’ sixth full-length studio release, and within 24 hours, My Morning Jacket members Patrick Hallahan (drums), Bo Koster (keys), and Tom Blankenship (bass) were also on board

Strand Of Oaks have also announced a North American and European tour – dates below…

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
5/24 – Privatclub – Berlin, Germany
5/25 – TivoliVredenburg – Utrecht, Amserdam
5/26 – TRIX – Antwerp, Belgium
5/27 – Omeara – London