Take 2@2 for Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 we take a listen to a new cover recorded by Strand of Oaks. In 2011, Tim Showalter from Strand of Oaks was recruited for the Lagniappe Sessions. Lagniappe means something bonus as a gift. Tim Showalter’s covers on this session are a true gift. We will get to his cover in a bit but first the original.
Phish’s 2000 album Farmhouse is the groups 8th studio album. All of the songs were well tested for years before they were brought into the studio. From this release we find “Dirt.”
In the Lagniappe Sessions Tim Showalter recorded songs by Primal Scream, The Stone Roses, and Phish. He completely transforms the songs, especially the Phish cover. Showalter shares this about the song:
I might be the newest Phish fan in the world. I was never exposed to them until this summer. My manager asked me to go to both nights Phish played at Wrigley. Of course! So in anticipation of the show I started listening to a lot of their music and quickly fell in love. Those two nights at Wrigley we’re some of the most genuinely fun times I’ve had in a long time. Just getting to spend time with my manager Ryan, not in any work capacity, us just having fun. And if anyone ever has doubts about Phish, please just go to a concert. Being basically hugged by 30,000 people is hard to combat against. I needed those fans and needed those four wonderful musicians that night. I chose “Dirt” simply because it basically has the same chord structure of an Oaks song (which is good because I don’t know that many). Its also just a beautiful melody.
I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.
– Tad Abbey