Michael Rank and Stag
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM
It all started in 2010 as a good idea on a barstool fueled by whiskey and a love of American music. Daniel Snyder (the singer-songwriter with a penchant for classic country and modern folk) and Zach Terry (the guitar-banjo songwriter with bluegrass, mountain-stomp blood) decided to put together a new band to play a monthly residency in Carrboro, NC. They cherry-picked their favorite guitarists (Rich MacLaughlin and Jason Butler) and rhythm section (Jonathan Truesdale and Mimi MacLaughlin) to rock up their southern folk, and added Andrew Mayo on mandolin and rhythm. Together, they wrote some songs, put together a set list and Magnolia Collective began.
After turning the monthly series into a highly attended success, playing once a month just wasn't enough for the band and the crowds wanted recordings. So "Ghost Stories," MagCo's debut EP, was created during the swampy North Carolina summer of 2011. These songs were recorded with love, sweat and tears in Daniel's un-air conditioned, hotter-than-hell Carrboro bungalow, fondly known to the band as the Bim Street Fantasy Factory.
This collection of six songs was released in December of 2011 and serves as a solid introduction to what Magnolia Collective does best: narrative-driven, atmospheric music that smacks of sincere, shared experience. The instrumentation was classic, but the sound was a diverse collage of guitars, bass, banjo, mandolin, drums, vocal harmonies, pedal steel and musical saw. The result is soulful, upbeat, sometimes spooky, and always heartfelt.
Magnolia Collective is currently working on songs for their upcoming full length release as well as playing shows with some of their favorite bands.
Michael Rank and Stag
The 2012 Valentine’s Day debut “Kin” from Michael Rank and Stag was given a kind reception:
“Kin’s locked up a slot on my No Depression Best of 2012 list...Highly Recommended”, No Depression
“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
“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
“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
“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 Rak’s ‘ Wild Horses’ “, Hopscotch Festival Preview
Enter 2013’s Valentine’s offering, “In The Weeds”. Straddling the tailgate of Keith Richards and Gram Parsons. With an injection of Steve Earle and Chris Knight in the line.
Michael RanK is once again accompliced by some of North Carolina’s finest Country, Bluegrass and Americana players in the fold.
$5.00 - $7.50
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