Sarah Shook and the Disarmers (from the album Sidelong) - Sarah Shook and the Disarmers are a Country band out of North Carolina that wear its Rock’n’Roll smirk like a tattoo. The band’s latest release, Sidelong, takes a bite (“Nothin' Feels Right but Doin' Wrong”), rights history (“No Name”), listens to time tick on lonely (“Keep the Home Fires Burnin'”), and wakes up to reality (“Fuck Up”). Sarah Shook and the Disarmers sing for sad smiles and hard-luck tales. Musically, the Country rattle in the songs has an edge that might have put The Disarmers in the Alt Country family at one time. The hybrid of Rock and Country seemed so radical it was dubbed Alternative though Alt Country has been losing its first name for a few years. Sarah Shook rides lead over a Country band in 2016 due to the blending of bloods over time as Sidelong sees a Country music future where diversity and challenges are encouraged.
Morning whiskey drinking to get over a baby who is hung-up on a “Dwight Yoakam” look-a-like is status quo as Sarah Shook and the Disarmers try to sort out sides in a relationship to see which side is “The Nail” and which is the coffin. Sidelong takes a lot of shots, often hitting the targets with its comments and commentary on love ending and the night beginning. The warble in Sarah Shook’s vocal delivery shakes from the sway in the rhythms on “Road Leads Back to You” while sharp notes pierce the skin to add a ‘fever to my bones’ with “Heal Me”, and forgiveness goes down better with shots of whiskey for “Solitary Confinement”.