Engraved as "outlaw folk", "damaged country", "backwoods americana", "alternative appalachian", and "shattered mountain music", Michael Rank's work under his russian roulette collective band, Michael Rank & Stag, has been marked as many things by many folks. It's a soundtrack with Levon Helm, Keith Richards, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt as founding fathers. His four albums (Kin, In The Weeds, Mermaids, Deadstock) recorded and released in a three year stretch came to roost in numerous Year's Best Lists and high-praised throughout globally inked posts. The impending 2015 release of his latest work, Horsehair, is now placed into this ex Snatches of Pink frontman's singular dust-fed landscape. Featuring the literally breathtaking vocals of Heather McEntire (Mount Moriah) and a supporting cast of some of North Carolina's premier pickers and players (including members of Chatham County Line, Old Ceremony, Two Dollar Pistols and many more).
"'Mermaids' makes it three in a row of masterful wrecked and raw country folk and rock from North Carolina's Michael Rank...an almost narcotic trawl through stark country meanderings, a blissed out band of despair. Imagine if you will Keef leaving the Stones in '69 and joining The Band and recording with Neil Young frying honeyslides in the kitchen...", Blabber 'n Smoke
“With more vital body fluids spilling from these grooves than Shoot Out The Lights and Blood On TheTracks combined, the new solo album from Snatches of PinK frontman Michael Rank makes for an exhausting ride. As classic breakup albums go, Kin is more than just effective - it’s utterly inspiring”, Blurt Magazine
"Rank is a rock-n-roll survivor who has created two stellar discs in the past year demonstrating himself to be talented songwriter truly hitting his stride. Highly recommended", NoDepression
“Some people epitomise rock and roll...Rank is such a person. His rock and roll attitude permeates every part of these recordings. it is the epitome of what Americana meant fifteen years ago.”, Americana UK
“If there’s a secret to making timeless roots rock records then Michael Rank has discovered the formula.”, Beat Surrender
“This is an album full of bloody fingernails, regurgitated poison pills, and swallowed tears, and yet you can’t turn it off or even look away.” Americana Music Show
"A sort of damaged-goods manifest on a wanted poster", Yes Weekly
“On what is a set of wonderfully ramshackle country leaning rock songs...wonderful stuff. To his and the musicians’ credit they deliver in spades with what is one of the most invigorating albums we’ve heard this year”, Blabber ‘n Smoke
“The songs bleed with bitterness over the end of a relationship, again the stuff of great country rock. Rank has a great feel for the swagger and grease of the best rock’n’roll and it’s
all here.”, When You Motor Away
“Musically and lyrically raw. And real. And intense. And cathartic. And Beautiful.”, Graypunk
“Kin is Rank’s ‘ Wild Horses’ “, Hopscotch Festival Preview
"The harrowing break-up album typically precedes the record of bloodshot Sunday-morning blues, but leave it to Michael Rank to fuck up a formula", Independent Weekly.