Sidelong, included many tried-and-true country motifs of regret and hard drinking, but these laments sounded authentic — and complex — coming from Shook, who also happens to be a pansexual single mother living in North Carolina. The Disarmers’ second album, Years, came out on Bloodshot Records this year, and it’s got even more depth and bite.
Sarah Shook and the Disarmers are redefining what it means to be a badass in country music. Singer-songwriter and bandleader Shook has wit and grit in spades, crafting tunes that infuse traditional country sounds with a thoroughly modern voice — like a faded denim jacket worn by the coolest person in the bar. The band’s 2015 debut,