Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
"I need this shit like I need another hole in the head," Sarah Shook sneered during one of her Bloodshot Records-sponsored appearances, an I've-had-enough mantra that perfectly encapsulated her style of degenerate country. That was from "New Ways to Fail," a song that will be featured on next month's Years LP, and Shook and her band, the Disarmers, were primed to impress at every SXSW appearance, including a sunset cruise on fellow SXSW standout Jamie Kent's curated riverboat. Her cussed-minded delivery and blemishes-and-all defeatism was the perfect complement to her band mates' hillbilly choogle, which featured Adam Kurtz's steel pedal work, a particular delight on new single "Good as Gold." J.G.