Record Label: Self-Released
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On the surface Rhubard Whiskey can seem like yet another punk-influenced country folk bands but if you dive deeper into the sustenance found within the songs on “Same Sad End”, the bands second full-length release, you’ll find roots that are planted firmly in American roots music.
With this being the first time that I have had a chance to hear Rhubarb Whiskey I’ll admit that it took me a few listens to get on track with what the band was putting out there for the listeners. That’s not a slight on the band by any means…sometimes you really need to listen to an album without any distractions to get the message and the songwriting on “Same Sad End” deserves undivided attention. Many of the songs have a tragic Hank Williams atmosphere about them. There are also a handful of more up-tempo songs, but the overall vibe of the album is somber and desolate…with the exception of a 70’s era sounding punk track “Cowboy The Fuck Up”. I’m still somewhat baffled as to where that track fits in the mix.
“Same Sad End” is an album that you put on when the rain is pounding upon your window pane. It’s somewhat of a modern day trek through the roots of American music. Don’t go into this album looking for a hee-haw hillbilly ho-down…you’ll be somewhat disappointed. You’ll want to kick off your boots for this one.
Bottom Line: Mixing blues, Honky Tonk and Americana, “Same Sad End” is a somber soundtrack for a lonely solitary night.
Notable Tracks: Same Sad End, Saint Of Nothing, Ella