5 Questions: Sarah Shook

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Sarah Shook is self-defined as a vegan, bisexual, atheist mom in a country band from the south. She was home-schooled and raised in a strict, religious family who didn’t allow her to listen to any sort of secular music. Her new album Years is about overcoming life challenges and getting people to listen to and understand those who are different than themselves.

Years is the follow up to the band’s debut album Sidelong, which was released in 2017 to enthusiastic responses from The Wall Street Journal, She Shreds, KEXP, and others. Years has received recent attention from New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Noisey, Rolling Stone Country, Sound Opinions, Slant, QNotes, News & Observer, Paste, WellRed Comedy Podcast, WUNC Morning Edition, and many others.

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1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
My brain. Been keeping me up since I was a kid, always thinkin’ too much. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the mistakes and bad decisions I’ve made and analyzing my motives so I don’t repeat the same old bullshit. It’s always a process, this thing is always whirring. Never let’s me rest, which is where whiskey etc. come into play.

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Sarah Shook and the Disarmers Live Photo by Anthony Nguyen

2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
The Groundhogs album ‘Split’. Have been burnin’ that sucker out for WEEKS.

3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
I’m teaching myself to play electric guitar and I’m totally one million percent addicted to learning, practicing, and playing this new little batch of songs I got. Got me an early 70s Fender Twin Reverb amp I been playin’ a Harmony Rebel electric through and the tone…oh gawd the tone. Heaven. Heaven but with more reverb.

4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?
I’m a huge fan of the Black Angels’ drummer Stephanie Bailey but I don’t think I’d give our Kevin McClain up for anything.

5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
Oh man that’s a tough one. I can think of a bunch right off the top of my head, but def gonna go with “Irreverent Fuck”. 

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Sarah Shook and the Disarmers Years Album Art