Michael Rank plays tracks from Horsehair and talks about working with Heather McEntire, his handsome goats, and his “warmer, rounded cowbell.”
I’ve got the new album from the Wood Brothers and I know you’re gonna love it. I’ve got that new bluesy tribute album from Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin. Plus new music from Corb Lund, Webb Wilder, Dick LeMasters, The Mastersons, and the Ted Hawkins tribute album.
The Producers for this episode are listed below. Thanks to all of the show Producers!
- Singin' to Strangers / The Wood Brothers / Paradise / 3:51
- Good Life / Dick LeMasters / Gasoline & Fire / 2:48
- Colorado Cowgirl / Keenan Date / Just Warming Up / 4:20
- Mister Kicks / Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin / Lost Time / 3:42
- Rough And Tumble Guy / Webb Wilder / Mississippi Moderne / 2:54
- Immigrant / Kevin Gordon / Long Gone Time / 4:49
- A Season Undone / Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls / A Season Undone / 4:54
- *** Michael Rank interview and music from Horsehair ***
- Weight of the Gun / Corb Lund / Things That Can't Be Undone / 3:40
- You're The One Who Started It / Jim Lauderdale / Soul Searching: Vol. 1, Memphis / 3:11
- Doreen / Turnpike Troubadours / The Turnpike Troubadours / 3:11
- Shine A Light / Tommy Castro And The Painkillers / Method To My Madness / 4:34
- Crossroads (remastered) / Hound Dog Taylor / The Best Of Hound Dog Taylor / 2:23
- Sweetness / Magnolia Collective / An Old Darkness Falls / 3:57
- Footprints / Rob Williams / Southern FM / 3:33
- Outside The Lines / Nocona / Long Gone Song / 3:23
- Nights Were Made For Love / Blitzen Trapper / All Across This Land / 3:54
- Ship It On the Frisco / The Bottle Rockets / South Broadway Athletic Club / 5:04
- All so Much Like Me / Peter Cooper / Depot Light: Songs of Eric Taylor / 2:59
- Let Somebody Love You / Adrian Duffy & The Mayo Brothers / United We Fall / 4:18
- Cold and Bitter Tears / Kasey Chambers / Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins / 2:46
- Good Luck Charm / The Mastersons / Good Luck Charm / 3:34
- Here Comes the Night feat. Them / Van Morrison / The Essential Van Morrison [Disc 1] / 2:46
About Michael Rank
Michael Rank interview recap
- Calvin asks Michael Rank to talk about the sound he’s been developing over the past few albums, culminating in the latest album, Horeshair. He says he tries not to overthink it. He says over the past few albums he’s gotten better at translating what he hears in his head into reality. He says he creates the album that he’d like to hear and listen to.
- He runs through the contributors on the album. Some of the contributors are Heather McEntire from Mt Moriah, John Teer from Chatham County Line, Gabriel Pelli from The Old Ceremony, Nathan Golub, Jesse Huebner, Ron Bartholomew, Alex Iglehart, Daniel Snyder, and John Howie Jr.
- Michal Rank sets up “Frontier.” He says he’s a big fan of “just an acoustic guitar and a voice.” But with so much musical talent he can’t resist including it in the mix. So he says it’s a balance between “the hooks and the space.”
- Calvin plays “Frontier” from Horsehair by Michael Rank & Stag
- Calvin asks Michael Rank about working with Heather McEntire. Calvin asks if this is the first time they have worked together. Michael says, “Yeah, in reality [laughs] like in my mind, in fantasy, we have before!” He says he’s a huge fan of hers. He says he spent a lot of time in his truck with the first Mt Moriah self titled album. He says you gotta get your courage up to ask these folks.
- Michael talks about the local album release show at the Cat’s Cradle. He talks about having an intimate show there and there are some YouTube videos from that show.
- Michael Rank sets up “Husk.” He says growing up in the 70’s with an older sister it was kind of like the movie Dazed and Confused. And he says growing up in the 70’s he was hearing music like “Houses Of The Holy” and “Aqualung” he’d hear music coming from his older sister’s room like Cat Stevens, American, Carly Simon, and Linda Ronstadt. He said on this song he was trying to have that breezy easy 70’s thing. Almost as if Cat Stevens had a country band. He also says, when he’s recording he plays a little longer than he thinks and he wants to fade the outro, But he likes the musicians’ riffs so much he can’t bear to fade them out so the outros sometimes end up being longer than the rest of the song.
- Calvin plays “Husk” from Horsehair by Michael Rank & Stag
- Calvin says his favorite line in “Husk” is the line about goats in the meadow, they say what’s on their mind.” Michael Rank says he lives out in the country on a bunch of land and he was sitting on the balcony of his house writing that song and the goats were down in the meadow yelling at them and so that’s where the line comes from. He says goats are “a cross-pollination of a dog and my son.” He says, “we’ll drive home and they’ll run along the side of the truck.” Calvin asks Michael Rank what’s the most important thing people need to know when they are raising a goat. He says, “Your own needs are coming in last.is what I’m finding![laughs] and like I said, it’s similar to having a child.[laughs]”
- Michael Rank sets up “Mexico.” He talks about how many reviewers compare him to the Stones and Keith Richards. So he decided to give everyone the Stones. He also notes that Daniel Snyder sings with him on it and this song is the first time in about 6 years he’s touched an electric guitar.
- Calvin plays “Mexico” from Horsehair by Michael Rank & Stag.
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