Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Sidelong (album review)

by Woody on April 26, 2017


During her set at Bloodshot’s SXSW day party, I turned to my buddy Jamey said, “God Damn, that sure is some cast of grizzled shitkickers.” You see, Sarah’s band all had some years on her and looked like they had some seen some shit. They all happened to be some damn good players as well which in turn led to a half-hour well spent during a nice Friday in Austin.

Shook, herself comes across as a bit of a hellraiser throughout the album and having a band of grizzled shitkickers sure does come in handy. Based on the evidence, she seems to enjoy a bit of whiskey as well. The magical brown elixir is a prominent component throughout the album, mostly to get through the lean times. She’ll drink it in the morning (Dwight Yoakam), at night (Solitary Confinement) and by the sounds of it; any time in between (Misery Without Company).

Shook moves out of the whiskey bottle for a couple of great tunes. No Name tells the story of a badass outlaw. The Nail is a dark, yet humorous look at the ending of a relationship. Sidelong feels like a Bloodshot release from beginning to end and it is a very worthy addition to their catalog.

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