Hard Love, Tim Showalter’s latest release as Strand of Oaks, is a record that explores the balancing act between overindulgence and accountability. Recounting Showalter’s decadent tour experiences, his struggling marriage, and the near death of his younger brother, Hard Love emanates an unabashed, raw, and manic energy that embodies both the songs and the songwriter behind them. “For me, there are always two forces at work: the side that’s constantly on the hunt for the perfect song, and the side that’s naked in the desert screaming at the moon. It’s about finding a place where neither side is compromised, only elevated.”
From the snowbound wilds of New Hampshire, Jason Anderson has spent the last 15 years as an indefatigable DIY stalwart, quietly putting on the best shows you've probably never seen. An endearing songwriter and transcendent live performer, Anderson’s work is as anthemic as it is affecting.