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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Strand of Oaks + Christopher Denny

Names To Know &
Shows to See 2014




Tim Showalter should be a known name for our regular readers. The gifted Indiana songwriter goes by the stage name Strand of Oaks and is responsible for Heal, one of the best records of 2014 (ed's note: best of 2014 half-year list). Tim has a vibrant creative streak, a strong indie-rock aesthetic represented in his music. This is cathartic, deep release music - desperate songs written from a fiery soul. Because of how good this guy is and it's an album tour - I would give this the highest recommendation possible. Dollar for dollar, seeing Strand of Oaks is a brilliant choice - the best show in town.


STRAND OF OAKS
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Tim Denny could be the perfect foil to Showalter's sometime-rock-growl, rounding out the tour perfectly. A fervent Orbison meets Dylan tenor that fills Denny's songs with a tremendous emotional pressure. It’s the voice of a Southern choirboy who attended the church of alcohol, drugs and self-destruction in a failed attempt to deal with his inner pain and conflicts. He has a gift for infusing simple words with raw sentiment and marrying them to haunting melodies that immediately capture your attention. “The album was inspired by my struggles,” Denny says. “The moments in my life that caused me the most hurt and brought me the most beauty." Those human dramas are fleshed out on If The Roses Don’t Kill Us, Denny's Partisan Records debut, perfectly capturing the singer's 'Arkansas Soul.'


CHRISTOPHER DENNY
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August 7
GREAT SCOTT - BOSTON MA
August 8
HIGHER GROUND - BURLINGTON VT
August 9
IL MOTORE - MONTREAL CA
August 11
THE DRAKE - TORONTO CA
August 12
CLUB CAFE - PITTSBURGH PA
August 14
MOTR PUB - CINCINNATI OH
August 15
RUSSIAN RECORDING - BLOOMINGTON IN
August 16
IGNITION MUSIC GARAGE - GOSHEN IN (Tim's hometown)
August 18
PABST THEATER - MILWAUKEE IL
August 19
7TH ST ENTRY - MINNEAPOLIS MN
August 21
OFF BROADWAY - ST LOUIS MO
August 23
HI DIVE - DENVER CO
August 24
KILBY COURT - SALT LAKE CITY UT
August 26
TRACTOR TAVERN - SEATTLE WA
August 27
BILTMORE CABARET - VANCOUVER CA
August 28
DOUG FIR - PORTLAND OR
August 30
THE INDEPENDENT - SAN FRANCISCO CA
August 31
THE CREPE PLACE - SANTA CRUZ CA
September 3
THE ECHO - LOS ANGELES CA
September 4
CASBAH - SAN DIEGO CA
September 5
LAST EXIT - PHOENIX AZ
September 7
THREE LINKS - DALLAS TX
September 9
LAMBERTS - AUSTIN TX
September 10
THE BOTTLETREE - BIRMINGHAM AL
September 13
THE PINHOOK - DURHAM NC
September 14
DC9 - WASHINGTON DC
September 19
BOOT & SADDLE - PHILADELPHIA PA


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