Interview: showalter

American musician, producer and multi-instrumentalist showalter is one of my favourite new artists at the moment, creating gorgeously dreamy folk songs that grab your heartstrings straight away. My first introduction to showalter’s music was his amazing new single, With My Companion – if you like it, you can purchase the track from showalter’s Bandcamp page.

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a single titled With My Companion. What can you tell us about the track?

With My Companion was the last song written on the Lambsbread EP. To me it feels like the abandoned mall of the EP. It’s mainly about the fading of good and bad memories and how at some point you try to hold on to both.

How has the reception to With My Companion been so far, and where can the song be purchased?

It’s on all major streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, etc. I also have it available for direct purchase on Bandcamp. As for the reception, it’s been doing great. It got lots of great press and a good amount of playlist features and more people are discovering it everyday.

The track is part of your second EP, Lambsbread. What can you tell us about the record?

This EP is really personal for me. I wrote, performed, produced, mixed and mastered everything myself, and I took a lot of pride in that process. I’ve been saying it’s like a fuzzy warm bear hug of nostalgia and familial trauma. Six songs that have the express purpose of bringing you somewhere you’ve been before but can’t remember when.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

I have another single called Good Days, Bad Nights that will be out with a music video on September 19th. Once a month, I’m also releasing self-produced covers of some of my favorite songs for a compilation that will be officially released June 2024. Every song I release is on my Bandcamp page for direct download.

Have you got any plans to release a full length album anytime soon?

I’m hoping to put out an LP next year or in spring of 2025. We’ll see what happens though.

Your music has a definitive folk sound. What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

Honest emotion is my biggest inspiration. If an artist can convey that through their work effectively, I’m usually on board. I would say Phoebe Bridgers and Christian Lee Hutson are my biggest influences right now, but artists like James Taylor and Andy Hull are always pushing me to be a better musician. I’ve always been someone who searches for newer artists and recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of Molly Frances, Mila Webb, JW Francis, Bambina, Cory Hanson and Samia.

You’re from North Carolina. What is the local music scene like at the moment?

Recovering. Steadily growing. I live in Charlotte, which had a lot of great bands and a vibrant local scene in the pre-Covid days – it has slowly been coming back over the last two years.

Do you have anything else exciting coming up this year?

I have a EP release show at The Milestone Club here in Charlotte on Friday, September 22nd that I’m really looking forward to. And some new songs and more covers coming out every month for the foreseeable future.

Do you have any tour dates lined up for the UK?

Not yet, unfortunately. I’m eagerly awaiting the day I have shows booked overseas. I need to get a passport first!

Any last words for the fans?

I love you. Thanks for listening and supporting. I hope to see more of you and meet you in the future. Tell your friends about me and bring them to the shows!