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.
Valley Queen front woman Natalie Carol leads a band reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and My Morning Jacket with lead vocal evocative of Florence Welsh. Their sound brings to mind the soul and power of southern rock combined with inspired and personal lyrics.
“At first it was simply the voice that shook me. I’ve seen them shake the walls at a few venues around the country now, one of which was here at NPR…its members played like veterans. Valley Queen’s music is rich with nuance and depth, rooted deep in California country. Here is an early glimpse of some growing talent.” – Bob Boilen NPR
“As she sings for a life raft (“lyrics”), the band parades forward with clean guitar and impassioned performance, subtle country licks hiding in the background. If you haven’t listened to Valley Queen come the end of the year, well, you messed up.” – Consequence of Sound 2016 – Top 10 songs Songs of the Week
“Driven by the impassioned vocals of Natalie Carol – tones that shiver in all the perfect places- “My Man” is a song that smacks of rolling hills and freeform dancing, a kind of pop imbued with Laurel Canyons vapors and alt country angles and a top down free spiritedness.” – NOISEY Music By Vice 2016
“Meadors’ sweet yet compelling vocals weave in and out of spaghetti Western guitar riffs while the percussion gallops in the verses and the chorus soars and swoops back down just before another rip-roaring build-up.” http://buzzbands.la/2014/06/10/ears-wide-open-valley-queen/
“Valley Queen’s sound is influenced by artists such as Duane Allman and Joni Mitchell, and it will undoubtedly inspire you to dust off your record collection and revisit old favorites. They’re the type of band that will restore appreciation for classic roots rock, while reassuring listeners that plenty of contemporary bands are still reinventing the genre. The way songs such as “Carnival” crescendo from Carol’s timid, controlled vocals into instrumentally charged, belting melodies gives the Americana-driven music a rock-fueled modern edge.”- http://lamusicblog.com/2015/10/interview/featured-artist-valley-queen/