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Leave Ruin

by Strand Of Oaks


Leave Ruin took shape while touring and collaborating with Lou Rogai (Lewis & Clarke). Taking cues from such luminaries as Neil Young (On the Beach era) and a burgeoning Springsteen, Showalter extends his musical gesture and searches to find modesty in the midst of confusion, addressing insecurities and settling existential debt with a simple and beautiful delivery. The personification of a Midwestern Grandfather's advice, his songs smack with hard truth and poignant severity, from child-like naivete to heart worn wisdom... sparse guitar, hammond, rhodes and wooden instruments support an atmosphere that is tender and raw, at times uncomfortable, shockingly candid, and unforgettable.


released January 27, 2009

Tim Showalter - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Lou Rogai -Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar, Electric Bass, Fender Rhodes, Organ, Banjo, Piano, Mandolin, Percussion , Vocals
Dan McKinney - Piano, Organ
Thomas Abrams - Drums
Tom Assellin - Synth/Organ

*Recorded by Dan McKinney at Dan's House Studio in Bethlehem, PA and Tom Asselin at One Forest in Mountainhome, PA
*Mixed by Lou Rogai and Tom Asselin
*Produced by Lou Rogai
*Mastered at Maja in Philadelphia, PA by John Baker



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