Bullet Backstory with Sarah Shook


Sarah Shook & The Disarmers are joining us for the Blue Plate Special on September 19th at 12 p.m. This event is free to the public and will be held at the Knoxville Visitor’s Center. In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory from Sarah Shook herself. She was gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.

Take it away Sarah!

  • Biggest musical influences? I’m all about Wanda Jackson, Chuck Berry, the Sex Pistols, and any songwriter/band that pushes limits and isn’t afraid to go there.
  • What made you decide to pursue music as a career? A hard shove in that direction by my longtime right hand man and guitarist, Eric Peterson. I was floundering; getting wasted at every show, not pursuing much more than a handful of local shows a year, and letting a recording deal slip through the cracks. I’m not exactly ambitious. But Peterson insisted we could be doing more, and doing it better. He challenged me to set recording dates and I finally did. We recorded “Sidelong” at Manifold Recording Studios in 2015 on Easter weekend and released it October 15. Things have just been going crazy since then.
  • What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? Practice is important. But having experiences is paramount. Traveling, pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, reading. All good things for the creative self.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? I haven’t spent as much time in Knoxville as I’d like but I once spent the night in my car in the parking lot of the World Fair Park. No complaints.
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? I don’t believe I could ask to play music with finer musicians nor kinder folk than my bandmates. I’m right where I wanna be!
  • Anything else you would like to share? We’re stoked to play the Blue Plate Special at WDVX on September 17 and catch us later on that night at Barley’s!