Engraved as outlaw folk, damaged country, alternative appalachian, and shattered mountain music, Michael Ranks work under his Russian roulette collected band, Michael Rank & Stag, has been marked as many things by many folks. Its a soundtrack with Keith Richards, Steve Earle and Chris Knight as founding fathers. His three albums (Kin, In The Weeds, Mermaids) recorded and released in a fifteen month stretch came to roost in numerous Years Best Lists and global inked posts. The 2014 release of his latest work, Deadstock, is now placed into his singular dust-fed landscape. 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 Mermaids makes it three in a row of masterful wrecked and raw country folk and rock from North Carolinas 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 quot;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 - its utterly inspiringquot;, Blurt Magazine Mermaids makes it three in a row of masterful wrecked and raw country folk and rock from North Carolinas 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 quot;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.quot;, Americana UK quot;If theres a secret to making timeless roots rock records then Michael Rank has discovered the formula.quot;, Beat Surrender quot;This is an album full of bloody fingernails, regurgitated poison pills, and swallowed tears, and yet you cant turn it off or even look away.quot; Americana Music Show A sort of damaged-goods manifest on a wanted poster, Yes Weekly quot;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 weve heard this yearquot;, Blabber n Smoke quot;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 rocknroll and its all here.quot;, When You Motor Away quot;Musically and lyrically raw. And real. And intense. And cathartic. And Beautiful.quot;, Graypunk quot;Kin is Ranks Wild Horses quot;, 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.