Strand of Oaks Survives the Flames at KFN Aug. 10

Published on The Deli Philadelphia – Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Seven years ago, Tim Showalter, the one-man architect behind Philly’s folk act Strand of Oaks, was a homeless musician crafting acoustic sermons on the suburban park benches on which he lived. It was an intense life of circumstance – his house burned to the ground and his fiancée left him – and it decidedly shaped his remarkable, heartbreaking debut, Leave Ruin. But you shouldn’t define Showalter by his tragedy – like the debut title suggests, Showalter left disaster behind and is now settled in Philly as a happily wedded husband. And he also just released Strand of Oaks’ sophomore effort, Pope Killdragon, in June, and it’s receiving continuous praise for its daring and spine-tingling folk. No doubt things are going pretty great, so go show him some support tonight at KFN when he opens for One Hundred Dollars. Tinmouth and Family Band will also take the stage. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St, 8pm, $8, 21+ – Annamarya Scaccia

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