“After nearly a decade of gigging locally in and around North Carolina in various bands, Shook finally wrote and recorded Sidelong, her critically acclaimed debut album with her band The Disarmers, which was released in 2017 on Bloodshot. It’s a collection of scrappy, revved-up, whiskey-fueled, sh*t-kicking country songs that are buoyed by Shook’s unflinchingly candid and powerful, yet vulnerable voice. While it helped put her on the map, garnering attention from Rolling Stone, Noisey/Viceand The Fader, the recording of Sidelong was a trying time for Shook.
With Years, she vowed to approach the recording process with a new outlook. Shook tells me “when we started pre-production for Years, I went back and I listened to Sidelong and I was like, I want to do this differently this time. I want to be sober, and I want to be sober because I want to be more emotionally and mentally present. I want to have more control over my voice and I want to do everything with great intention. I’ve listened to both albums back to back and I feel like the difference is just huge. It was the right call for sure.” – Sean Titone, CLTure