Sarah Shook & the Disarmers Unveil New Album And Tour

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

Early in 2017, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers released their attention-grabbing debut album Sidelong. The album was a solid kick in the pants that earned positive reviews and found Rolling Stone Country describing Sarah Shook’s sound as “…a sneering fusion of punk-rock autonomy and say-it-like-it-is country from the classic era, paired with a timeless vocal warble and tons of attitude.”

Fans eager to hear more will be thrilled that Sarah Shook & the Disarmers have returned with a new album, Years, set to be released by Bloodshot Records on April 6th. The album will be followed by a run of tour dates set to kick off with a release party on April 6th at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro NC.

Per the official press release –

Inspired by artists such as the Sex Pistols, Elliott Smith and Hank Williams, Sarah sings with confidence, control, and, at times, a hint of menace. The Disarmers match her on every track, coloring the tales of resilience and empathy with as much urgency as ever as well as a broader sonic sweep. It’s easy to hear Sarah as a close cousin to artists like Hurray for the Riff Raff and Margo Price on the title track, or in the country-‘60s mod vibe on “Lesson.” “Good as Gold,” sporting a kiss-off line for the ages, “You’re as good as gold/ I’m as good as gone,” is both vulnerable and defiant, soaring with pop-inflected harmonies. And with an expansiveness evoking the wide-open West, “What it Takes” speaks to the truth of the record, to her life, and to the universe.

At its pounding heart, Years crackles with a pointedly contemporary and relevant take on the outlaw spirit. Built around the buoyant pedal steel of Phil Sullivan, and the post-punk rattle and Live at San Quentin hum of Eric Peterson’s guitar, there are echoes of Nikki Lane and Merle Haggard as much as Ty Segall. Its home is the ragged-but-real honky tonk, not the bro-country “honky tonk.” The barroom singalong “New Ways to Fail” is classic, smile-through-the-pain country. “Damned If I Do” could be the “Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin” of the 21st century, if we let it; a perfect song for rolling in the wry and sneaking in a quick two-step. The sinister “The Bottle Never Lets Me Down” will get anyone who’s ever been wronged righteously flipping the bird as they knock back the next shot. Therapy in the face of personal devastation takes many forms, after all.

As Sarah herself tells it…

This record is about finding a way.  A way through exhaustion, depression, betrayal, hangover after hangover, upper after downer after upper, fight after never-ending fight.  It’s about picking yourself up and dusting yourself off after years of being trampled and beaten down, jutting your chin out, head high, after they’ve done their worst, and saying, “Still here.”

This record is shouting “f**k you, I do want I want” from the rooftops to the mother******g cosmos.

Check out tour dates below:

Date City Venue
4/6/2018 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
4/7/2018 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
4/8/2018 Knoxville, TN Rhythm N’ Blooms
4/13/2018 Richmond, VA Hardywood Craft Brewery
4/26/2018 Washington, DC Pearl Street Warehouse
4/27/2018 Philadelphia, PA Dawson Street Pub
4/28/2018 New York, NY Berlin
4/29/2018 Cambridge, MA Atwood’s Tavern
5/2/2018 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
5/3/2018 Indianapolis, IN Pioneer
5/4/2018 Chicago, IL The Empty Bottle
5/5/2018 Dubuque, IA Vintage Torque Fest
5/7/2018 Appleton, WI Mill Creek Bar
5/8/2018 Milwaukee, WI Club Garibaldi
5/9/2018 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
5/10/2018 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads Saloon
5/11/2018 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway
5/12/2018 Evansville, IN The Song Show Concert Series
5/13/2018 Lexington, KY Willie’s Locally Known
5/16/2018 Norrtälje, SE Kapellet
5/18/2018 Falkenberg, SE Grand
5/19/2018 Kristianstad, SE Kulturnatten
5/21/2018 Malmö, SE Folk Î Rock
5/22/2018 TranÎs, SE Plan B
5/23/2018 Borlänge, SE Broken Dreams
5/24/2018 Sundsvall, SE Aveny
5/25/2018 LuleÎ, SE Klubb Lillan
5/27/2018 Éstersund, SE Clarion
5/28/2018 Trondheim, NO Avant Garden
5/29/2018 Oslo, NO John Dee
5/30/2018 Stavanger, NO Folken
6/1/2018 Ringebu, NO Arnemoen GÎrd
6/2/2018 BeitostÎlen, NO Bryggerhuset
6/3/2018 Halden, NO Siste Reis
6/4/2018 Uddevalla, SE Kontoret
6/6/2018 Hultsfred, SE Hulingen Hotell
6/7/2018 Varberg, SE Majas vid havet
6/9/2018 Löderup, SE Solh_llan
6/10/2018 Eksjö, SE Emmas Lada
6/13/2018 Göteborg, SE Liseberg
6/16/2018 Stockholm, SE Stockholm Americana
6/28/2018 Newport, KY The Southgate House Revival
6/29/2018 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom Tavern
7/13/2018 Denver, CO Hi Dive
7/14/2018 Park City, UT O.P. Rockwell
7/15/2018 Las Vegas, NV Beauty Bar
7/17/2018 San Diego, CA Casbah
7/18/2018 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
7/19/2018 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
7/20/2018 Chico, CA Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
7/21/2018 Willamina, OR Wildwood Music Festival
7/22/2018 Coos Bay, OR 7 Devils Brewing Co.
7/23/2018 Bend, OR Volcanic Brewery Pub
7/24/2018 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
7/25/2018 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
7/26/2018 Spokane, WA The Bartlett

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