Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Saturday March 12, 2022 03:00 PM EST
CL Critic Hal Horowitz Recommends: Scruffy alt-country rocker Shook just released their third album of rugged, ragged roots music, this one produced by veteran Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam). It’s a bit more mainstream and polished but Shook’s gutsy Southern drawl of a voice keeps everything raw, especially live. Songs about heartbreak, drinking away your problems and moving forward through life’s setbacks enhance their strutting, uncompromising sound. — HH
From the venue:North Carolina’s Sarah Shook sings with a conviction and hard honesty sorely lacking in much of today’s Americana landscape. Always passionate, at times profane, Sarah stalks/walks the line between vulnerable and menacing, her voice strong and uneasy, country classic but with contemporary, earthy tension. You can hear in her voice what’s she’s seen; world weary, lessons learned—or not—but always defiant. She level-steady means what she says. Writing with a blunt urgency—so refreshing these days it's almost startling—Sarah's lyrics are in turn smart, funny, mean, and above all, uncompromising. The Disarmers hit all the sweet spots from Nashville’s Lower Broad to Bakersfield and take Sarah's unflinching tales out for some late-night kicks. At times, it’s as simple and muscular as Luther Perkins’ boom-chicka-boom, or as downtown as Johnny Thunders. The Disarmers keep in the pocket, tight and tough.