10 Songs, 36 Minutes


Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.


Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings
16 Ratings

Sarah is the REAL DEAL!

Second album from Sarah and the Disarmers, does not disappoint! Her song writing is heartfelt and to the point. With so many fake country music artist regurgitating the same old junk, forced down our throats by the Nashville labels, it's great that somebody still knows how to make real music. Thanks to Bloodshot records for supporting Sarah.

Color Me Obsessed, the movie

Best Album if 2018!

I have been in love with this album since I first filmed the band recording it last year for our upcoming Sarah Shook & the Disarmers documentary What It Takes: film en douze tableaux. As they meticulously laid down the tracks, as Shook turned in sneering, sizzling vocals, as Eric Peterson bent his guitar neck to points from which I thought it night not return, as John Howie Jr redefined the art of drums in alt-country, as Aaron Oliva brought almost a jazz feel to the proceedings with his upright bass, and as Phil Sullivan traded steel licks with Peterson answering every one of Shook's sneers with one of his own, my crew and I knew we were witnessing a miracle.

There isn't a song on Years that won't grab you by the throat and slap you with a line of two that'll make you realize what a great songwriter Shook is. Instead of going through song by song, buy the record and experience it from start to finish (as all great albums should be experienced -- really sit with headphones, press play and for 37 minutes immerse yourself in a work of art). And every time you think it can't get any better, there's another track that comes on...and by the time you're at the half-way point with What It Takes, and the thrilling duel between the strings of Peterson and Sullivan you'll be crying from the sheer emotional excitement. And then Shook ends it all with the title track, slapping you in the face one more time. "Baby it's been years since I knew how to move you," she sings on the coda, But sorry, no, you're wrong there, Shook. Every note on this emotional roller coaster of a record moves us, kills us just a little with its brilliance, then brings us back to life again with the promise of another song. It's life support in a time of posers and gutless rock and roll. And yes, to me it's rock and roll as much as it is country, alt-country, whatever you want to call it. It's just freakin' great. And it rocks me to the core of my very soul.


Never lets me down...

Another album that is staying in my play rotation. Absolutely love ‘em. Go see them live!!!

About Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

"I’m a vegan, bisexual, atheist, civil rights activist, female in a country band in the South." Given that description of herself, it's obvious that Sarah Shook isn't afraid to speak her mind and ruffle a few feathers if need be. If Shook sounds like a purposeful troublemaker in her life, in her music with the band the Disarmers, she offers up a full-bodied combination of the sound of vintage outlaw country, with lyrics that waver between defiance and honest introspection, and the fire of punk rock.

Shook was born in Rochester, New York in 1985. She was raised in a deeply religious household, homeschooled, and only allowed to listen to classical or Christian praise music as she grew up. Despite these restrictions, Shook taught herself to play guitar in high school and began writing songs. She and her family moved frequently during her childhood, and when she was 19, they settled in Garner, North Carolina, a town Shook openly disliked. A brief marriage left her with a son, and she relocated to Pittsboro, North Carolina, a half-hour drive from Chapel Hill, where she felt much more at home. In 2010, she put together her first band, Sarah Shook & the Devil, who issued an EP in 2013, Seven. By the end of 2013, that band had split, and Shook & the Devil guitarist Eric Peterson started over with the group Sarah Shook & the Dirty Hand, a stopgap project that played live around the Chapel Hill area. Meanwhile, Shook had found a fan in producer and engineer Ian Schreier, who was eager to make a record with her. In 2015, she and Peterson assembled a new band to record with Schreier, which also included Aaron Olivia on bass, Phil Sullivan on pedal steel, and John Howie, Jr. (who is also Shook's partner) on drums. The new combo, dubbed the Disarmers, cut their debut album live in the studio with Schreier at the controls. Sidelong was self-released in late 2015, and the band toured as much as Shook's commitments as a working mother would permit. The album received positive reviews for Shook's hard-edged tales of empty bottles and broken hearts, and she landed a deal with Chicago's well-established "insurgent country" label Bloodshot Records. Bloodshot gave Sidelong a nationwide reissue in 2017, and in April 2018, they dropped the second Disarmers' album, Years. ~ Mark Deming

Pittsboro, NC