Chapel Hill-artist Sarah Shook did not follow an obvious path to country music. She grew up in a conservative Christian household, listened primarily to religious music and only discovered country greats like Wanda Jackson and Buck Owens in her 20s. She was also painfully shy as a kid, so when she first took the stage in early adulthood, it was a shock to her own mother.
Today Shook is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist with Sarah Shook and the Disarmers. They play unapologetic, outlaw country. Shook is a self-identified civil rights activist, bisexual, atheist, and vegan, and her audience stretches beyond the traditional country crowd. The band’s new sophomore album “Years” is a breakup album that has already garnered rave reviews from music critics.
The band speaks with Host Frank Stasio about their new album, the calm before the album-drop-storm and about their upcoming release concert Friday, April 6 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro at 9 p.m. They also perform live in studio. Sarah Shook and the Disarmers are Sarah Shook on vocals and rhythm guitar, Eric Peterson on electric guitar, Aaron Oliva on upright bass, Phil Sullivan on pedal steel, and Kevin McClain on drums.