Have featured all four of Michael Rank’s previous albums starting in 2012 on Beat Surrender and it’s a pleasure to write about his latest release Horsehair as the prolific songwriter continues to ride a rich vein of form – once again he has collaborated with a bunch of talented local musicians including John Teer (Chatham County Line on fiddle), John Howie Jr. (Two Dollar Pistols) and Nathan Golub (Mandolin Orange), in-keeping with previous recent releases Rank partners with a female vocalist for the album to temper his own rough-hewn style and this time it’s Heather McEntire of Mount Moriah who’s contribution is central to the albums appeal providing the perfect foil for Rank’s compositions, at times it almost as if her voice is the thread that’s holding the songs together as the melancholy frays their edges and pulls at their seams. Highly recommended.
You can read a bit more about Michael’s music and creative process in a recent interview with IndyWeek here.
The Lemonheads have announced details of a UK tour in October. The shows will be their first in over 3 years and follow a recent sold-out solo tour by Evan Dando. The line-up will feature Evan Dando (vocals/guitar), Chris Brokaw (guitar), Todd Philips (drums) and Jen Turner (bass).
The Lemonheads – If I Could Talk I’d Tell You
Thurs 1st – Birmingham – Library
Fri 2nd – Cardiff – The Gate
Sun 4th – Belfast – Limelight 2
Mon 5th – Dublin – Academy
Tues 6th – Glasgow – O2 ABC
Weds 7th – Manchester – The Ritz
Thurs 8th – London – Indigo2