Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rhubarb Whiskey - Same Sad End

Emchy: accordion, vocals
Boylamayka Sazerac: guitar, mandolin, upright bass, vocals
Sizzle La Fey: violin, mandolin, banjo, piano
Special Guests:
Carolyn Mark: backing vocals
Lulu Darling: backing vocals
Whitney Moses: backing vocals

Booze-Soaked tales of living hard, loving hard and drinking hard. Rhubarb Whiskey blends punk, country, old timey, a dash of bluegrass, a little blues, gypsy, even some ‘cowboy’ music like the corner bartender blends his version of the mickey. Like the glow of neon of the last open bar 'Same Sad End' (with guest vocals by Carolyn Mark) draws you in with a foot tappin jig, 'Saint of Nothing' wraps it's arms around you like a long lost friend and you settle in with a large draught of beer and a lusty sway. Shadows beckon from dark corners, and a light streams in from a quickly opened back door, 'Gravedigger' spins a dark sexy murder ballad yarn of love gone wrong,  'Bottles' get passed around amongst co-conspirators, a comrade drinking anthem.
On 'Cindy' Boylamayka deleviers a beautify dark, drunkin' sluring ode to this folk standard.
'Mendocino' and 'Ella' touch on country twangin' beer draining ballads.
While my favorite version of 'My Rifle, My Pony, and Me' may always be Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin and Walter Brennan, the intermingled intrumetation and harmonies are exquisite on this song.
'Knock 'em Down' and ' St. James Infirmary Blues' display the band in all their atmospheric, rugged spinners of yarns glory.
Rating: 4 Three finger shots.  

Rhubarb Whiskey was formed in April 2008, by Emchy (vocals, accordion) and Boylamayka Sazerac (vocals, bass, guitar). In June 2010, they added Sizzle le Fey on fiddle. They have become known in the Bay Area and beyond as a group of hard-drinking troubadours who sing death songs and murder ballads right alongside anthemic adventure tales and tender tunes about love. In look and sound, they evoke sleazy San Francisco punk rock clubs and Weimar cabarets just as much as they evoke the ghost towns and saloons of the Wild West. Facebook

Track List:

1. Same Sad End
2. Saint of Nothing
3. Gravedigger
4. Mendocino
5. Cindy
6. Bottles
7. Knock 'Em Down
8. My Rifle, My Pony, and Me
9. Ella
10. St. James Infirmary Blues

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