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Rock Picks: Michael Rank plays Carrboro Music Festival

Michael Rank plays Sunday at The Station for the two-day Carrboro Music Festival.
Michael Rank plays Sunday at The Station for the two-day Carrboro Music Festival. Andy Tennille

Over the past 30 years, Michael Rank has played everything from snarling hard rock to murmured country-soul – including his latest solo album “Red Hand” (Loads Hymn Records), a starkly beautiful set of sepia-toned songs sung with Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire. But no sooner was “Red Hand” released, than Rank left it behind. His next incarnation is more toward funk, fronting a band in which he plays keyboards on beat-heavy songs from a new album he’s already recording. You can sample the new direction at this weekend’s Carrboro Music Festival, the huge annual free event, in which Rank is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at The Station.

See the complete schedule at carrboromusicfestival.com.

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