Live Review: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 11/23/19

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Sarah Shook & The Disarmers (Photo by Anthony Nguyen)

Chicago’s Bloodshot Records made its bones on a style of alt-country that mixes roots music and punk. While they hail from North Carolina, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers embody this rugged Windy City sound. Sarah’s clever songwriting reworks classic country themes and images with a 21st Century perspective, while her band backs her up hard and fast. Even at the last show of their last tour of the year, they played with energy, thrilling the packed Pearl Street Warehouse recently.

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Preview: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers @ Pearl Street Warehouse, 11/23/19

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Sarah Shook & The Disarmers (Photo by John Gessner)

When Sidelong, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers’ debut album, was released in early 2017, it quickly earned kudos for its blast of fresh, fierce honesty and sly wit. It was a welcome new voice in a genre too often mired in the staid and conventional. The band continued to solidify that reputation in 2018 with Years, their second album, along with nonstop touring.

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers return to Pearl Street Warehouse on Saturday, Nov. 23.

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Live Review: Josh Abbott Band @ 9:30 Club — 10/24/19

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Josh Abbott Band (Photo by Joseph Llanes)

From “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Lubbock to be precise, the Josh Abbott Band brought the house down at the 9:30 Club on Thursday. Opening with “My Texas,” they proudly represented the tradition of that West Texas town that includes Buddy Holly and the Flatlanders.

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Live Review: Jason Eady and Courtney Patton @ City Winery — 9/23/19

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Jason Eady (Photo by Anthony Barlich)

Married country traditionalists Jason Eady and Courtney Patton made a stop at City Winery recently to entertain with songs and stories. Jason has made a point of coming to DC for the last several years, as his daughter will graduate from American University this year. Jason pointed her out at the merchandise table, where she was helping out. She didn’t even appear embarrassed when Jason played a song he’d written for her when she was graduating high school!

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