Please view our most up-to-date COVID-19 guidelines before entering the show: http://www.tractortavern.com/tractor-covid-guidelines Im starting to realize that being an outlier and a weirdoit doesnt have to be a bad thing, says Sarah Shook. Shook pauses, then adds with a grin, It can be whatever you want it to be. Shook is home in North Carolina, talking about Nightroamer, the hotly anticipated new album from their band, Sarah Shook s own inquisitive, open, outlying self to create pop-savvy, honky-tonk punk thats both an escape and a reality checka re-opened wound and a balm. Relationships and life-changing realizations are dissected with honesty and humor, three tight minutes at a time. Where is the handbook for relationships that isnt just how to keep your man around for 20 years? Shook says, Where is the offbeat situational relationship handbook? I feel like a lot of what I write is thatand most of the time, I dont have the answers. Im just asking the questions that were all asking. When Sarah Shook s debut turned heads around the world. Then 2018s follow-up Years hooked everyone from Rolling Stone to Vice. This aint no country for hipsters or posers, said No Depression. Its real, raw, mean-and-evil-bad-and-nasty bidness. Then, the first two albums turned into a tease: The pandemic shut down the world, just as The Disarmers finished recording Nightroamer in Los Angeles. The band has had to sit on the albumuntil now. Nightroamer is worth the wait. This is still a band whose recordings beg to be heard live, either in a punk-rock hole in the wall or honky-tonk roadhouse. Shooks voice is crystallinebut boozy, too, with a cadence that sounds comfortable resting in the pocket before lagging, jumping, or cozying up to the offbeat. What initially may feel like a slip is actually a strokeand listeners cannot get enough.