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​ROLLING STONE

auntie bellum magazine

americana uk

"Her sound is 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. Honest to a fault and as foul-mouthed as a drunken sailor, she's a nonconforming spitfire"
"Sarah Shook & the Disarmers are creating a special brand of country music. It’s raw and unique yet fans of the genre will feel right at home. All of the typical, hard-country adjectives apply: edgy, gritty, dark, whiskey-soaked, restless. But they don’t do the band justice."
"We’re a country band with a sound all our own.  We love Hank and Loretta and George and Patsy but we aren’t out to sound like anybody but our own true blue selves.  We drink a lot.  And I’m pretty sure we all think too much.  Thus the drinking."
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june
june
may

daily tar heel

independent weekly

no depression

"I have a few that will be on the upcoming record that are straight up punk-rock, and I’ve talked to my band-mates about it — for them it’s just another Sarah Shook song, your songs all make sense together. They don’t have to be confined to one specific genre."
"Shook delivered one of the best outlaw-inspired albums in years with her 2015 LP, Sidelong. Across those dozen songs, Shook hits all the top notches of an excellent country record—songs about hard drinking and heartbreak, powered by driving rhythms and topped by plenty of twang."
"...the interplay between Shook and guitarist Eric Peterson made you think you might be hearing Neil Young & Crazy Horse about to break out in a jam. And then there are those moments when you just drop your jaw in awe of the devastating one-liners around which Shook builds narrative."
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may
april
april

how strange it is to be anything at all

independent weekly

wcqs

"It's just as well I stayed at Krankie's though, because Sarah Shook and the Disarmers were up next.  This buncha honky-tonkers from Chapel Hill are SO good, they burn up the stage every time they play."
"With her band of Disarmers in tow, Pittsboro’s Sarah Shook is a much-needed force in the dude-dominated field of gritty twang. Shook’s Sidelong, released last fall, is a properly rowdy and immensely satisfying country kicker."
"Country music is very much like punk music, in that punk is a way of life.  It is who you are.  It’s your worldview.  And so punk music comes out of your life, your environment.  And country music is very much the same way, in that it’s not just a genre.  It’s a way of life.  It’s who you are.  It’s growing up poor."
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april
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mar

triad city beat

buzzfeed community

alternate root

"Add the stinging leads of Eric Peterson’s guitar playing and the effect is something like Crazy Horse backing Hank Williams Sr."
"When it comes to living up to the “true” outlaw country image, Shook brooks no nonsense with words, looks or deeds."
"Sarah Shook and the Disarmers are a Country band out of North Carolina that wear its Rock’n’Roll smirk like a tattoo."
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mar
mar
mar

mix magazine

gem productions

no depression

“Sarah is an example of finding an artist who I thought had something special,” Schreier says. “We tracked the entire record in four days, totally live with the exception of the lead vocals. All the doors were open, the guitars were in the main room, so were the amps. Drums are in a booth with the doors open."
"Shook’s music isn’t 100% traditional, there’s certainly tinges of punk rock thrown into the mix and a lot of really captivating percussive rhythms that gives each song tons of head room and allows the brilliantly mixed guitars to slice through the tracks like a razorblade. As someone that wouldn’t really classify himself as a country fan, Sarah Shook has made me a believer with her unapologetic tunes."
"The truth about Sarah Shook is that I can't write about her. I've tried for 4 months to come up with something I can tell you that will explain how special she is or how much we need her not only in the world of music... but in the world, in general."
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jan
feb
jan

independent weekly

kfjc

routes and branches

"Sarah Shook is tougher than you: On last year's stunning Sidelong, the Pittsboro firebrand delivered a dozen rollicking country anthems about the multifarious ways that things—love, life, parents, partners, heroes, hearts—can go wrong."
"This isn’t feel-good country, but rather tell-it-like-it-is, warts and all. You come out from the catharsis feeling like you’ve grown a backbone."
"With vets Eric Peterson and John Howie Jr alongside, Sidelong features moments of amateurish daring as well as a refreshingly cocky confidence.  Americana is a pretty safe musical vehicle frequently in need of some rough edges, which Shook provides in spades."
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dec
dec
dec

dirty rock

independent weekly

saving country music

"...letras muy oscuras sobre esos paisajes extensos y sombríos sobre los que se apoyan guitarras twang, hipnóticas."
"...a growing interest in outlaw country upstarts, from the hirsute Chris Stapleton to the metaphysical man Sturgill Simpson. But Sarah Shook's brilliantly written and rendered Sidelong boasts more attitude and aplomb than works by either singer."
"Who knows what whims govern the exiled ghost of authentic country as it scans the fruited plain looking for souls to possess? But it found Sarah Shook in North Carolina, and her destiny was inescapable."
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oct

no depression

saving country music

independent weekly

Shook just goes right ahead and blurts out what other country artists have alluded to concerning self abuse. After admitting that she can't cry herself to sleep so she's drinking herself to death, she clarifies her self medicating regimen: “I got cocaine in my bloodstream and whiskey on my breath,”
"Sidelong has some really serious haymakers on it folks. The first song “Keep The Home Fires Burnin'” immediately lets you know that the spirit of this album is one of uncompromising country leanings..."
"Peterson's guitar is overdriven and hard-edged, his solos unexpected and lyrical. Howie's drumming matches, even enables, Shook's punk-rock insistence. It's desperate, dejected music, sure, but Sidelong never feels like the work of a defeatist. Instead, it's resilient."
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"Sidelong", released October 15, 2015.
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