Sarah Shook And The Disarmers, Rickey Dickens, Maple Sparrow

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Sarah Shook And The Disarmers, Rickey Dickens, Maple Sparrow
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Sarah Shook & The Disarmers are a country band with a sneer, a bite, and no apologies. Shook's original songs take on the usual country spin on shitty relationships, bad decisions, and excessive alcohol consumption for damn good reasons. Songs with self-explanatory self-deprecation, "Fuck Up", tangled in with a portrayal of a doomed relationship dripping with sarcasm,"The Nail", are bastioned by the subtleties of a bar patron considering taking a chance on a stranger in title track, "Sidelong".

When Shook's first band, Sarah Shook & the Devil, broke up after a solid three year plus run, Shook and her guitarist, Eric Peterson, continued to meet, practice, and plan. In late 2013 they put together brief stint called The Dirty Hands which ended after a handful of shows. The project they were looking for soon arrived with the addition of former Two Dollar Pistols frontman, John Howie Jr., (now frontman for John Howie Jr. & the Rosewood Bluff) as drummer. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers was born.

Shook and chief engineer of Manifold Recording Studios, Ian Schreier, had worked together some years before when he supervised intern Mario Bianchi recording the Devil's seven song EP simply titled, Seven. Shook and Schreier had been discussing creating a full length album together for an age and, finally, during the first weekend of April, 2015, it happened. After nearly a decade of playing solo or fronting a band, Shook is releasing her first full-length album, Sidelong, on October 16, 2015.

Rickey Dickens
Make sure this guy hits your radar. His first record, Hangin’ On, comes off like the work of a seasoned old pro. Debuts aren’t supposed to work this way. Dickens is possessed of a voice so full of power and nuance that it can stop you mid-thought and make the world go away. His band is comprised of seasoned old pros, the road dogs who understand what it means to get in the pocket and make it work like it’s never worked before. There’s not a note out of place on this record, not one. But the vibrancy and the soul are enhanced by the beauty, rather than obscured. Whether it’s an evocative tale of the fearsome underbelly of Florida’s psyche and the terrors lurking in the swamps (“Ghost Tale”) or a heartfelt ode to the simpler and finer things in life (“I Love To Fish”), Dickens and the band wring out every ounce of life and deliver in panoramic color.

"With a voice that squeezes Johnny Cash’s emotional lilt through a decade of modern-rock radio, Dickens sings with a style that’s resonant and expressive, but never overbearing." Orlando Weekly, June 2003

Maple Sparrow is the project of central Florida singer/songwriter Amy Robbins... Indie rock with a country twang and a blues vibe.
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