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Listen to Strand Of Oaks cover Gillian Welch on XPN’s Like A Version segment

Strand Of Oaks | Photo by Eric Schuman
Strand Of Oaks | Photo by Eric Schuman

Strand Of Oaks, the project of Philly mainstay Timothy Showalter, is about to release a new album on Tuesday. It’s called Heal and it’s one of this year’s must-listen records (in fact, you can and should do that right here). Tim came by the XPN studio for Dan Reed’s weekly Like A Version segment to cover Gillian Welch’s “Time (The Revelator),” a song that is notably more delicate than his own recent music. Showalter admits that, following the recording and production of Heal, he needed to ease his ears with sounds that were a bit gentler than the heavy percussion and searing guitars that had surrounded him. The resulting cover is both characteristically intense and lovingly reverent.

Listen to the performance and interview below and catch Strand Of Oaks at our Free at Noon Concert next Friday and at Boot and Saddle on September 19th.

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Listen to Dana Alexandra’s interview and live performance on XPN’s Philly Local Hour with Helen Leicht

Helen Leicht recently brought Dana Alexandra into the studio for an interview and live performance on XPN’s Philly Local Hour (Tuesday nights at 10 p.m.). The York, PA native joins the growing number of great artists we have been finding from central Pennsylvania. Her latest album, Wash Your Mouth Out, is an energetic, and—as she puts it—“painfully honest” collection of original songs influenced by a wide variety of artists. Below, you can listen to two of the songs Alexandra performed in the studio; you can listen to the full interview here—Nicholas Bookbinder