Strand of Oaks' Timothy Showalter joins Magnolia Electric Co. tribute to Jason Molina - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
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In the years following the death of iconic singer-songwriter Jason Molina, many artists have come together to pay tribute — namely, the Songs: Molina project, which was started by Molina’s bandmates from Songs: Ohia and the Magnolia Electric Co. Songs: Molina, a Memorial Electric Co. will tour Europe this fall, with the addition of a familiar local face — Strand of Oaks‘ Timothy Showalter.

Showalter is a longtime Molina fan — the Strand of Oaks song “JM” is named for the musician, and he’s been known to share the story of the only time the two met. Molina himself spent some time in Philadelphia recording his 2002 album Didn’t It Rain, and Philly’s Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner played slide guitar on the album. Also on the tour is Molina biographer Erin Osmon, author of Jason Molina: Riding With The Ghost.

Showalter shared the news on Instagram:

I am honored to announce that I have joined Magnolia Electric Co. and get to sing the songs of my hero. Fall Euro tour dates just released. This tour is meant for all of us to gather together and share the legacy of his songs. I will be picking a lot of the songs so please tell me what you want to hear and yes we will be playing JM. I suggest buying tickets early for these shows. This is a very very big deal for me. Love – tim and the Magnolia Crew

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Showalter joins the Magnolia Electric Co. for a string of dates throughout the UK and Europe this September and October. Find more information here and listen to Strand of Oaks’ “JM” below.

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