#SupportPGHMusic // Exclusively on HughShows Radio streaming at the bottom of the page, enjoy the entire December 13, 2014 concert of HughShows Live at Eide’s Finale featuring mini sets from acoustic and solo versions of my favorite Pittsburgh bands during the marathon 6 hour concert. //

Strand of Oaks is currently touring behind their excellent new album, Eraserland. My buddy Max Somerville from local band Wreck Loose was tapped to play keys on the tour and when a Pittsburgh date was announced, the date was a rare weeknight pin in my schedule. Unfortunately, the show sold out and to my surprise, longtime faves Apex Manor was a late announcement as opener. The minute I discovered this, I contacted Apex Manor songwriter Ross Flournoy (who plays in Strand of Oaks band along with Max) and he quickly put me on the guest list. Catching up with Ross, seeing his hometown crowd cheer Max on, and enjoying two great bands has me thinking twice about avoiding the Southside on a weeknight in the future.

Huge thanks to Ross, who’s new album Heartbreak City comes out on Merge Records May 31 but was on sale last night and I have to say, it is so damn good!

Sweet video via Zoob.

Timothy Showalter is Strand of Oaks. His minimalist tunes were actually very well received by the near sold out crowd. Not to take away from his music, which was quite good, I have to believe that his engaging demeanor throughout the set also had something to do with the audiences rapt attention. Turns out the guy was just as nice off stage.

My buds over at Draw Us Lines have been big fanboys of him for awhile and have pimped him more than a few times. Here’s an interview they conducted with Timothy. Here’s a Daytrotter session to groove on.