Sarah Shook & The Disarmers with Adam Bolt and Fiddling Leona/John Paul Mathes.
October 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Carolina’s Sarah Shook sings with a conviction and hard honesty sorely lacking in much of today’s Americana landscape. Always passionate, at times profane, Sarah stalks/walks the line between vulnerable and menacing, her voice strong and uneasy, country classic but with contemporary, earthy tension. You can hear in her voice what’s she’s seen; world weary, lessons learned—or not—but always defiant. She level-steady means what she says. Writing with a blunt urgency—so refreshing these days it’s almost startling—Sarah’s lyrics are in turn smart, funny, mean, and above all, uncompromising. The Disarmers hit all the sweet spots from Nashville’s Lower Broad to Bakersfield and take Sarah’s unflinching tales out for some late-night kicks. At times, it’s as simple and muscular as Luther Perkins’ boom-chicka-boom, or as downtown as Johnny Thunders. The Disarmers keep in the pocket, tight and tough.
Adam Bolt needs no introduction and a comprehensive one is impossible anyway. Adam “Bovine” Bolt, commonly known as The Abingdon Troubadour, was the front man for The Ordinary Bitters and has led several projects from incubation to hatchlings. There is no comparison to Bolt’s highly acclaimed solo style that can guide you through your own demons via yodeling to having you shout out rap lyrics back to the stage.
Fiddling Leona & John Paul Mathes. Leona is a performer, vocalist, and fiddler from Tokyo, Japan. Currently living in Johnson City, Tennessee. She is a performer as well as a fiddle and violin instructor. Leona’s musical journey began at the age of four when she began violin lessons in Tokyo. Leona has performed all across the United States and Japan as a featured artist. During 2009 and 2010 Leona was invited to perform as a part of the American Bluegrass Master’s Tour. In 2006 Leona performed as a guest at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, where she represented her home country of Japan along with famed Japanese shamisen player, actor, and storyteller Takeharu Kunimoto. In 2014 was the headlining entertainer at the United States Marine Corps Futenma Flightline Festival in Okinawa, Japan and performed for enthusiastic service members, their families, and local Okinawan residents.