Burned-out house leads to inspiration for Strand of Oaks singer Timothy Showalter

Love gone wrong is a pretty regular song topic, but not this wrong: After a relationship gone sour, Pennsylvania singer and songwriter Timothy Showalter returned home one day to find only the charred ruins of what had been his house.

Showalter, who teaches at a Hebrew dayschool and, his publicity material says, even drives the school bus for extra cash, spent a bunch of nights in hotel rooms and on park benches with a borrowed guitar. Suddenly becoming homeless and possessionless gave him plenty to think about, resulting in the heartbreaking songs comprising last year’s aptly titled “Leave Ruin,” which he released as Strand of Oaks.

He hits the road this winter with White Pines for a 16-date tour that winds through the Midwest and ends up close(-ish) to home in Philadelphia. See dates here.

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