WeedMZ: Strand of Oaks Hard Love – A Review by Keefer

On the fourth album from Timothy Showalter AKA Strand Of Oaks, the themes are similar to the previous record HEAL, drugs, marriage, a love of rock and roll, plus the highs and lows of life. Managing the decadent tour grind and married life are real struggles. The single Radio Kids appeals to those of us that found solace with a pair of headphones waiting for our favorite song or any song that helped make sense of the world, to come on the AM/FM dial.  Another standout is Rest Of It that sounds like Mott The Hoople/T. Rex at their rockin’ zenith. Showalter sings with the kind of passion that comes from taking on personal demons head on. Occasionally his grasp doesn’t rise up to his reach, but those moments are few. When you dip into emotional territory like Strand of Oaks, delicacy isn’t always an option.