• This North Carolina honky-tonk punk strikes a defiant onstage posture with a voice that goes right for the throat, a feral switchblade snarl that sometimes eases and glides but never softens...coming across as Chrissie Hynde with a drawl.

    — Rolling Stone
  • This North Carolina honky-tonk punk strikes a defiant onstage posture with a voice that goes right for the throat, a feral switchblade snarl that sometimes eases and glides but never softens...coming across as Chrissie Hynde with a drawl.

    — Rolling Stone
  • "Shook bucks both Nashville’s mainstream and the overly self-aware Americana scene...a believable transformation of country’s vintage melancholy. 

    — The New York Times
  • This is outlaw country in the classical sense — hard-driving songs about hard living and deep regrets. Shook leads the way with forthright lyrics that refuse to give her a pass for the pain she’s caused others — or vice-versa.

    — Wide Open Country
  • You don't need a dark sense of humor to appreciate Sarah Shook & the Disarmers' music, but it helps.

    — The Boot
  • She sings with sincerity and conviction, bringing a pissed-punk attitude to her honky-tonk songs that could evoke comparisons to Chrissy Hynde or Kathleen Hanna.

    — PopMatters
  • Sarah Shook entered the spotlight as one of the most important new voices in new country music. Like she’s been there all her life.

    — TIDAL
  • Her cussed-minded delivery and blemishes-and-all defeatism [is] the perfect complement to her band mates' hillbilly choogle.

    — Rolling Stone
  •  Like Tammy Wynette fronting the Ramones 

    — Missoula Indepenent
  • She confronts the drunkenness, loneliness, humiliation and general hopelessness of being just on the verge of getting your life together, and she does it with a rowdy, classic country spirit that doesn’t romanticize it, but rather, shows it for the raw experience it is.

    — No Depression
  • Sarah Shook and the Disarmers are clearly steeped in their love of country but they don’t treat it with reverence: they live it and breathe it.

    — Louder Than War (UK)
  • Shook is a marvel at writing the kind of classic country one-liners that have inspired generations to cry into their beers or kick back from the bar looking for trouble.

    — PopMatters
  • Her songs may draw on classic country themes such as boozing, romance (in all its ups and downs), and hard living, but her perspective is unmistakably grounded in the present.

    — She Shreds Magazine
  • With Sarah Shook in the mix, hard core country is alive and well, and dangerous as all get out.

    — No Depression
  • Sarah Shook & the Disarmers are a Country band out of North Carolina that wear its Rock’n’Roll smirk like a tattoo...[and] sing for sad smiles and hard-luck tales.

    — The Alternate Root
  • 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.

    — Rolling Stone
  • Honest to a fault and as foul-mouthed as a drunken sailor, she's a nonconforming spitfire who's proud of not fitting in with mainstream country music.

    — Rolling Stone
Hometown: 
Chapel Hill, NC

When Sidelong, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers’ debut album, was released in early 2017, it quickly earned kudos for its blast of fresh, fierce honesty and sly wit. It was a welcome new voice in a genre too often mired in the staid and conventional. And while that record may have come to many as a surprise, 2018's follow-up, Years, solidifies the point: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers have moved from getting people’s attention to commanding it.

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers have been covered by the likes of Rolling Stone, The FADER, Noisey/VICE, The Wall Street Journal, and more. 


This is a new voice for a new country. 

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