Strand of Oaks | photo by Merrick Ales | courtesy of the artist
Listen to Strand of Oaks’ ode to John Prine, “Somewhere In Chicago”
For the latest single from the new album In Heaven, Strand of Oaks has shared a song inspired by one of Tim Showalter’s songwriting heroes.
In an announcement on Facebook earlier today, Showalter called “Somewhere In Chicago” “a song for John Prine, growing up Midwestern, the goodness I learned from my parents, me learning that gentle music can be powerful, and honestly I just wanted to make a really pretty song to provide us all a quiet moment of reflection.”
Elaborating on his love for Prine, Showalter writes that the folk icon, who passed away last April from COVID, “talked and thought like I did and my parents did and everyone I grew up with. For someone from Northern Indiana, John Prine was my Willie Nelson. The patron saint of Midwestern ethos. I think about him every time I pick up a guitar.”
Listen to “Somewhere In Chicago” below, and preorder In Heavenhere. Strand of Oaks will be in Camden, New Jersey on the weekend of September 17th, 18th and 19th for the 2021 XPoNential Music Festival — passes are still available at XPNFest.org — and he returns to Philly for a headlining Union Transfer show on Wednesday, October 13t. Tickets and more information on this show and more can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.