Showalter’s eighth studio album under the Strand of Oaks moniker was recorded in October 2020 with producer Kevin Ratterman at Invisible Creature in Los Angeles. Ratterman, who was also behind the board for Eraserland plays drums on In Heaven. The LP also features bassist Cedric LeMoyne, violinist Scott Moore and My Morning Jacket members Carl Broemel on guitars and Bo Koster on keyboards. Additionally, Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha contributed vocals and guitar on “Easter.”
“My sweetest buddy/cat Stan sadly passed away,” Showalter explained of his new single in a statement. “And the only way I could describe my love for him was imagining Stan and Jimi Hendrix hanging out in heaven together smiling and going to shows and having the best time.”
Timothy went deeper in describing the track on Twitter:
Very proud to share my new song Jimi & Stan. If you’ll allow me to get personal for a moment. Stan was my beloved cat. In 2018, Stan got cancer right around the time [Showalter’s wife] Sue’s mom was killed in a car accident. Our home was filled with immeasurable sadness.
Going to shows and having a warm spot to look at the galaxy. I wanted the song to be a joyous sendoff for my sweetest buddy. It’s also a song for all of us who have lost and can only dream that those that we love can live in our hearts forever.
I cry every time I hear this song but I know it’s all from love. Thank you for listening and please call the people you love and hug your pets. I cherish you all.
Watch the visualizer for “Jimi & Stan” below: