with the Trongone Band
Sarah Shook's band the Disarmers basically forced her to record their first album Sidelong — before that, she was happy to just play shows for a dedicated fan base around Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Now that the word is out, however, there's no going back. 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. 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.
Nor does Shook hold back when writing about whiskey and hard living, screwing up and failed romance (with guys and girls) — whether in her songs or her combative social-media posts.