Sarah Shook & The Disarmers

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers

Sidelong

Bloodshot Records

Last few years has seen a plethora of female badasses singing country – from Lydia Loveless to Margo Price, Nikki Lane to Aubrie Sellers – and lord knows that’s a welcome relief from the auto-tuned pablum of “bro-country” and its wretched ilk. So now from Bloodshot Records we can add Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, and she might the biggest badass of them all.

Sidelong is a reissue of their 2015 album, and hopefully Bloodshot can put her no bullshit brand of revved-up country in front of more listeners, because this is a firecracker of an album. Shook looks like a pissed off smoking Jodie Foster on the cover, and the 12 cuts within, ranging from the blistering “The Nail” to the woebegone weeper “Dwight Yoakam” and the bouncy “Solitary Confinement” show an artist who’s fond of whiskey…and not particularly fond of the last person that left her high and dry. Shook’s voice – which varies between a warbling yelp to a defiant snarl hooks you from the opening moments of “Keep the Home Fires Burnin'” to the final “Road That Leads to You”, and you’ll be mesmerized at all points in between.

The Disarmers – Jason Hedrick on upright bass, John Howie, Jr on drums, Phil Sullivan on excellent pedal steel along with guitarist Eric Peterson (who was with Shook in her first band “Sarah Shook & the Devil”) sound a bit like a more hard-edged Old 97s or more traditional Waco Brothers, or perhaps those great Carlene Carter records with Rockpile. You’re gonna hear a lot more from Sarah Shook, you can count on it.

www.disarmers.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    So It Is (Legacy). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017
    From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017

    For the twelfth year, the South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) in Los Angeles showcased an impressive lineup of new features and shorts. Lily and Generoso Fierro provide a festival wrap up and their picks for the films that you cannot miss.

  • Justin Townes Earle
    Justin Townes Earle

    Kids In The Street (New West Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Christian Scott
    Christian Scott

    Rebel Ruler (Ropeadope / Stretch Music). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Kivanç Sezer
    Kivanç Sezer

    Turkish director Kivanç Sezer’s powerful debut feature, My Father’s Wings, puts the spotlight on the workplace safety crisis that is currently taking place in his homeland. Lily and Generoso Fierro spoke with Sezer at SEEFest 2017 about his film and his need to draw attention to this issue.

  • Temples
    Temples

    Supporting their just-released sophomore record, UK synth-pop poster boys, Temples, attracted an SRO crowd to one of Orlando’s premier nightspots.

  • Rat Film
    Rat Film

    Baltimore. Rats. A match made in Maryland.

  • Bishop Briggs
    Bishop Briggs

    Bishop Briggs brings a stacked bill of up and comers to Orlando for a sold-out party at The Social. Jen Cray joins in the fun.

  • Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
    Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

    There’s more than black music influencing the evolution of Rock and Roll. Native American rhymes and ideas are every bit as significant, once you know to look for them.

  • Keith Morris
    Keith Morris

    Ink 19 slings a few questions to the punk rock pioneer Keith Morris on Trump, Calexit and looking back.

From the Archives