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Timothy Showalter was done. Despite the acclaim that greeted Strand Of Oaks’ ifth album, Hard Love, the guitarist and songwriter found himself in a hole, and was on the verge of quitting music altogether. Then his friends in My Morning Jacket decided to pull him out, dragging him into the studio and providing an elite backing band to create his most impressive album yet, Eraserland
THIS SPREAD Shots from the sesions at La La Land studios in Louisville, Kentucky, where Eraserland was recorded
PHOTOGRAPHY CRYSTAL LUDWICK
Timothy Showalter was called out of the blue to discover that his friends from My Morning Jacket had booked studio time to record with him

“Ididn’t really wanna do it anymore,” says Timothy Showalter, the artist also known as Strand Of Oaks. That’s quite an attentiongrabbing admission, but in these clickbaitheavy times, he’s keen to emphasise that this isn’t just a good marketing line. “It’s not for dramatic press. I know that’s how this game works – put a fireworks show up so people wanna write about it. But when I was trying to explain the record to people, that’s the only way that I could. I think it was an identity crisis.” Back in 2017, Tim was promoting and touring his new album, Hard Love, but despite the album being well received by both critics and fans, something wasn’t right. “I released Hard Love a year after I made it, and I was singing about someone who I wasn’t anymore,” he reflects. “I was pretty wild for a little while there. But over the course of that year making Hard Love and being home, I changed in a good way. I loved the record and playing those songs live, but I had this idea of, ‘What am I doing? I’ve been doing this for 10 years. Who am I?’”

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