Sarah Shook & the Disarmers is an old school outlaw country/Americana band with punk tendencies. They are known for killer lyrics and the amazing musicianship of the Disarmers – backing up Sarah’s plaintive vocals are lead guitarist Eric Peterson (Flat Duo Jets, the dB’s, Matthew Sweet, more); country punk drummer John Howie Jr. (Two Dollar Pistols, John Howie & the Rosewood Bluff); stand up bass player Aaron Oliva (Caitlyn Cary, Nikki Lane); and incomparable pedal steel guitarist Phil Sullivan.
#18 on the Freeform American Roots chart for January 2016
Ranked #2 in The Triangle’s 25 best albums of 2015 by The Independent Weekly
“…America has expressed a growing interest in outlaw country upstarts, from the hirsute Chris Stapleton to the metaphysical man Sturgill Simpson. But Sarah Shook’s brilliantly written and rendered Sidelong boasts more attitude and aplomb than works by either singer.”
– Grayson Haver Currin, The Independent Weekly
Take Loretta Lynn, Lucinda Williams and a dash of Janis Joplin mix them all up, preferably in a cocktail shaker, and you’ll come close to Sarah Shook. Call it Country. Call it Rock. Call it whatever you want, just listen to it. Backed by a strong band with her own songs and lyrics like “I’m drinking water tonight/cuz I drank all the whiskey this morning” from “Dwight Yoakam”, this music is as pure as it comes.