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:

4/6/2018Carrboro, NCCat’s Cradle
4/7/2018Charlotte, NCNeighborhood Theatre
4/8/2018Knoxville, TNRhythm N’ Blooms
4/13/2018Richmond, VAHardywood Craft Brewery
4/26/2018Washington, DCPearl Street Warehouse
4/27/2018Philadelphia, PADawson Street Pub
4/28/2018New York, NYBerlin
4/29/2018Cambridge, MAAtwood’s Tavern
5/2/2018Columbus, OHAce of Cups
5/3/2018Indianapolis, INPioneer
5/4/2018Chicago, ILThe Empty Bottle
5/5/2018Dubuque, IAVintage Torque Fest
5/7/2018Appleton, WIMill Creek Bar
5/8/2018Milwaukee, WIClub Garibaldi
5/9/2018St. Paul, MNTurf Club
5/10/2018Kansas City, MOKnuckleheads Saloon
5/11/2018St. Louis, MOOff Broadway
5/12/2018Evansville, INThe Song Show Concert Series
5/13/2018Lexington, KYWillie’s Locally Known
5/16/2018Norrtälje, SEKapellet
5/18/2018Falkenberg, SEGrand
5/19/2018Kristianstad, SEKulturnatten
5/21/2018Malmö, SEFolk Î Rock
5/22/2018TranÎs, SEPlan B
5/23/2018Borlänge, SEBroken Dreams
5/24/2018Sundsvall, SEAveny
5/25/2018LuleÎ, SEKlubb Lillan
5/27/2018Éstersund, SEClarion
5/28/2018Trondheim, NOAvant Garden
5/29/2018Oslo, NOJohn Dee
5/30/2018Stavanger, NOFolken
6/1/2018Ringebu, NOArnemoen GÎrd
6/2/2018BeitostÎlen, NOBryggerhuset
6/3/2018Halden, NOSiste Reis
6/4/2018Uddevalla, SEKontoret
6/6/2018Hultsfred, SEHulingen Hotell
6/7/2018Varberg, SEMajas vid havet
6/9/2018Löderup, SESolh_llan
6/10/2018Eksjö, SEEmmas Lada
6/13/2018Göteborg, SELiseberg
6/16/2018Stockholm, SEStockholm Americana
6/28/2018Newport, KYThe Southgate House Revival
6/29/2018Cleveland, OHBeachland Ballroom Tavern
7/13/2018Denver, COHi Dive
7/14/2018Park City, UTO.P. Rockwell
7/15/2018Las Vegas, NVBeauty Bar
7/17/2018San Diego, CACasbah
7/18/2018Los Angeles, CAThe Echo
7/19/2018San Francisco, CABottom of the Hill
7/20/2018Chico, CASierra Nevada Brewing Company
7/21/2018Willamina, ORWildwood Music Festival
7/22/2018Coos Bay, OR7 Devils Brewing Co.
7/23/2018Bend, ORVolcanic Brewery Pub
7/24/2018Portland, ORMississippi Studios
7/25/2018Seattle, WATractor Tavern
7/26/2018Spokane, WAThe Bartlett

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