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Sarah Shook & the Disarmers Release Revelations, Resilient New Album Self-Produced by Bandleader River Shook

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers Release Revelations, Resilient New Album Self-Produced by Bandleader River Shook:


Watch The Music Video For "Criminal," Celebrating Queer Love:


North America Tour Resumes Tonight, Spanning 45+ Dates This Spring & Summer

"A stirring country-rock record that two-steps between Waxahatchee's incisive beauties and Tom Petty's winking classics, Revelations is the work of a songwriter relishing newfound clarity and confidence"

The New York Times


Today, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers release Revelations, an album that The New York Times says is "the work of a songwriter relishing newfound clarity and confidence." Self-produced for the first time by bandleader River Shook (they/them), and recorded in two breakneck but clear-eyed days, these 10 songs are their most righteous, rousing and resilient to date. From navigating class division and capitalism to fighting for queer love, tackling mental health turmoil and toxic relationships, cultivating compassion and coming to terms with issues of substance abuse, Revelations finds River Shook commanding their own path of self-discovery and perennial perseverance. 

Listen to Revelations via Abeyance Records/Thirty Tigers, and watch the brand new music video for album closer "Criminal" (dir. Jordan Gibson): HERE 

As their self-described gay cowboy song, "Criminal" is about defying social taboos through unabashed desire. With lyrics like "If lovin' you will always be a crime I'll always be a criminal," River Shook says, "That line got me thinking about how we as queer people have been persecuted, and how we so often have to keep all kinds of things under wraps because of the law because of social taboo. I wanted 'Criminal' to portray these feelings of longing and desire that two gay people can have for each other. They're complicated feelings because human beings are complicated. Gay love is every bit as complicated as straight love."

Across the rest of Revelations, River Shook captures the Disarmers' spirit like no one else can, channeling the ferocious energy of their live shows into anthems for barbacks and service workers ("Backsliders"), galvanizing takes on depression ("Revelations"), and kiss-offs to villainous men ("Motherfucker").

In a captivating new profile, The New York Times traces the arduous and even life-threatening journey it took River Shook to arrive at the music of Revelations, between a tumultuous childhood in an ultraconservative family, discovering country music at age 23, playing 150 shows a year, getting sober, coming out as nonbinary and embracing their identity more openly than ever. Now they are writing their most liberating songs yet – read the story HERE

Beginning with a hometown release show tonight and a stop in Nashville this weekend, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers are bringing the music of Revelations all around the country this spring and summer, on a 2024 tour of nearly 50 dates and counting. See the latest list of shows below, and find tickets at


Praise For Revelations

"Above electric guitars that smolder with regret, 'Jane Doe' shares the story of a woman who ran from domestic abuse directly into homelessness. Loaded with images of the South in springtime, the bouncing country-soul cut 'Dogbane' wishes that worries about apocalypse might obviate hierarchies. New self-confidence radiates from 'Revelations,' too, as if Shook liked the person they found after the final bottle."

The New York Times


"Showcases bandleader River Shook's expertise in crafting narratives chalked full of sharp observation and potent emotion…the band's most intimate and piercing album yet"



"Shook sings with a confident swagger marrying some of the rock and even blues strains less obvious in earlier titles…a gutsy, lived-in, mature urgency"

American Songwriter


"Shook continues to hone various balances: restraint and effusiveness, stoicism and volatility, self-effacement and self-possession. The new album represents a decisive and potent return"

No Depression


"River Shook is more themself than ever"

Nashville Scene


Sarah Shook & the Disarmers Tour Dates

3/29 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle ((

3/30 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle >>

3/31 - Nashville, TN - 3rd and Lindsley %

4/2 - Wisconsin Dells, WI - Showboat Saloon #

4/3 - St Paul, MN - Turf Club #

4/4 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club @

4/5 - Berwyn, IL - Fitzgerald's =

4/6 - St Louis, MO - Central Stage +

4/7 - Eureka Springs, AR - Ozark Mountain Soul Festival

5/2 - Pittsboro, NC - Shakori Hills 2024

5/3 - Newport, KY - MoonRunners Festival

5/4 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe &

5/5 - Philadelphia, PA - Sing Us Home Festival  

5/7 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison &

5/8 - Montreal, QC - L'Escogriffe Bar Spectacle &

5/9 - Portland, ME - One Longfellow Square &

5/10 - Gloucester, MA - The Cut &

5/11 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine &

5/12 - Queens, NY - TV Eye &

5/18 - Prescott, AZ - Pure Imagination 2024

6/8 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Music Hall

6/9 - Winchester, VA - Bright Box Theater

6/10 - Rochester, NY - Abilene Bar & Lounge

6/11 - Providence, RI - Alchemy

6/13 - Troy, NY - The Hangar on the Hudson

6/14 - Lewistown, PA - Shy Bear Brewing

6/15 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd Music House

7/6 - Orillia, ON - Mariposa Folk Festival 2024

7/7 - Ferndale, MI - Magic Bag

7/9 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads

7/10 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive

7/11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge

7/12 - Bozeman, MT - Live from the Divide

7/13 - Whitefish, MT - Under the Big Sky Festival

7/15 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern *** 

7/16 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *** 

7/17 - Sisters, OR - The Belfry *** 

7/18 - Davis, CA - Davis Live Music Collective !!! 

7/19 - Cloverdale, CA - Friday Night Live at the Plaza $

7/20 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill ^^

7/21 - Los Angeles, CA - Zebulon ~ 

7/22 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Wayfarer

7/24 - Arenas Valley, NM - Whiskey Creek Zócalo

7/25 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad

7/27 - San Antonio, TX - The Lonesome Rose

7/28 - Austin, TX - Sagebrush

7/29 - Fort Worth, TX - The Cicada

7/30 - Houston, TX - McGonigel's Mucky Duck


(( w/ H.C. McEntire

>> w/ Jack Marion and the Pearl Snap Prophets

% w/ Mali Velasquez

# w/ Buffalo Nichols

@ w/ Ladybird

+ w/ Sunny War

= w/ Half Gringa

 & w/ Nicolette & the Nobodies

*** w/ Small Paul

!!! w/Jessica Malone

$ w/John Courage

^^ w/ Jimmy Touzel, Ismay

~ w/ Sweet Nothin's


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