Tune into Music City Roots this Wednesday, May 22 at 7pm. It’s always a great show and we are closing it down with our brand of music! You can even watch it all go down on their LIVESTREAM feed from the comfort of you own home.
Today, April 30th is the official release day of our new project, ON THE EDGE. You can get the music right from Compass Records or from iTunesand Amazon. If you just want to listen to it stream, our friend Juli Thanki has the exclusive preview on Engine 145.
“As anyone who’s attended the dinner-and-concert “Dirty Kitchen Experience” knows, Frank Solivan is just as proficient with a frying pan as he is with mandolin or fiddle. But since Taste-o-Vision hasn’t been invented yet and USPS regulations prevent us from mailing you an envelope stuffed with ginger chicken, today you’ll have to settle for feasting on Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s new record (out today on Compass) instead.
On the Edge is the DC bluegrass band’s second album, but its first with guitarist Chris Luquette and bass player Danny Booth. Solivan’s soaring tenor leads the band through crisp originals and a driving cover of The Box Tops’ chart-topping 1967 hit, “The Letter,” while Mike Munford’s speedy, intricate banjo picking on the fiery instrumental “M80″ is some of the best you’ll hear on any record released this year. Guests Tim O’Brien, Rob Ickes, and Megan McCormick (who’s also Solivan’s cousin) round out a fine sophomore release from one of the most exciting bands in bluegrass today.” - Juli Thanki
Join us and celebrate the release of FS&DK’s latest recording project ON THE EDGE
and signing with Compass Records with three special events
April 18th, 20th and 21st at Hill Center
Four years after leaving the US Navy’s Country Current to lead his own powerful roots ensemble, Frank Solivan and his hot band Dirty Kitchen, have lots to celebrate, including 3 WAMMIE’s, a nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year, and a new record deal with Compass Records.
With their highly anticipated album On the Edge hitting the streets on April 30th, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen can’t wait for their hometown community to be the first to get a copy of On the Edge!
Frank’s planned some very special celebratory events for their hometown fans he doesn’t want you to miss including Frank’s own Dirty Kitchen Experience, his first ever Cooking Class, and a free Sunset Show on the lawn at Hill Center.
Don’t miss out on the chance to raise a glass with Frank, Dirty Kitchen and their Family of Fans and Friends. For more details scroll on down.
“No sophomore slump here: On the Edge, the follow-up to Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s vibrant, self-titled debut record, finds the quartet serving up a musical feast… the band is poised to have a breakout year in 2013 when the acoustic music world gets an earful of the tight harmonies, strong songwriting, and deft picking found On the Edge.” – Juli Thanki, Engine 145
Get up close and personal with Frank as he prepares for his own Dirty Kitchen Experience, a feast in celebration of the eagerly awaited CD On the Edge.
This two-hour clinic is geared to build confidence in the kitchen covering basic knife skills and other practical cooking tips while Frank shows you how to make his famous caprese salad and delicious meatballs.
Enjoy a glass of wine from Virginia’s Ox Eye Vineyard, get a hands-on preview of Saturday’s Dirty Kitchen Experience menu and possibly hear a tune while the sauce simmers!
Crafted especially for his Family of Fans and Friends, this special evening kicks off with a mouth watering three-course meal prepared by Frank and served by Dirty Kitchen, that is sure to whet your appetite for an evening of total sensory tantalization.
The menu includes Frank’s famous caprese salad featuring fresh mozzarella from Blue Ridge Dairy, hand-made meatballs from local farms served with saffron risotto, shaved fennel and arugula with toasted pistachios paired with a delightful Cabernet Franc from Virginia’s Ox Eye Vineyards or a refreshing brew from local Port City Brewery.
Frozen custard with fruit compote will cool you down for the next course – a mind blowing show featuring songs from their new project, On the Edge, released by legendary Nashville label, Compass Records. Your night cap includes a signed copy of On the Edge, ten days in advance of it’s official release date.
Join Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen on the lawn at Hill Center for a Sunset Concert, a free show produced especially for their hometown community of the Washington, DC area as a thank you for all the support over the last four years.
Celebrating the release of their highly anticipated new album, On the Edge and recent signing with legendary Nashville label, Compass Records, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen will perform music from On the Edge due to hit the streets April 30th.
On the Edge advance copies will be on sale at the show and the only place to get the new album before its release!
Notes:Get up close and personal with Frank as he prepares for his own Dirty Kitchen Experience, a feast in celebration of the highly anticipated CD On the Edge. This two-hour clinic is geared to build confidence in the kitchen covering basic knife skills and other practical cooking tips while Frank shows you how to make his famous Caprese salad and delicious meatballs. Enjoy a glass a wine, get a hands-on preview of Saturday’s Dirty Kitchen Experience menu, and possibly hear a tune while the sauce simmers.
Frank Solivan is the band leader behind Dirty Kitchen, one of the most powerful American acoustic roots ensembles touring the world today. Frank is a self-taught cook who loves bringing people together through food and music. He thrives on creating taste sensations using fresh and local ingredients inspired by his diverse background in Asian, Italian, Mexican and Californian cuisines. Spend an evening with Frank to learn more about how his love for food and music have been intertwined since he was old enough to hold a knife and a fiddle!
Notes:This special evening kicks off with a mouth watering three-course meal prepared by Frank and served by Dirty Kitchen, that is sure to whet your appetite for an evening of total sensory tantalization. The menu includes Frank’s famous Caprese salad featuring fresh mozzarella from Blue Ridge Dairy, hand-made meat balls sourced from local farms served with risotto, shaved fennel and arugula with toasted pistachios paired carefully with a delightful Cabernet Franc from Virginia’s Ox Eye vineyards and a refreshing brew from Port City Brewery. Frozen custard with fruit compote will cool you down for the next course – a mind blowing show featuring songs from their new project – On the Edge, released by legendary Nashville label, Compass Records. Your night cap includes your own autographed copy of On the Edge, ten days in advance of it’s official release date.
Ticket Price includes a 3 course meal, wine, beer and an autographed advance copy of On the Edge. (Limited vegetarian option available).
Notes:Free Sunset Concert for the Community
Join Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, WAMMIE’s Best Bluegrass Band of 2012 and 2013, on the lawn at The Hill Center for a Free Sunset Concert created especially for their hometown community as a thank you for all the support over the last four years. Celebrating their recent signing with legendary Nashville label, Compass Records, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen will perform new music from their highly anticipated release, On the Edge due to hit the streets April 30th. Get your pre-release signed copy at this special free show for Washington DC area fans.
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s new CD, On the Edge will be on sale along with beverages and snacks during the show. (In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in Lincoln Hall.)
Sunday April 21st, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s Sunset Concert 4:30pm – 7pm, Free, Register here for planning purposes only; bring your friends and neighbors
Maybe by now the holidays are completely out of sight in our rear view mirrors. FS&DK has been really busy lately. We’ve been getting geared up to release a new recording. Stay tuned for some exciting news here on our website and please keep up with us on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.
We just finished up a short run in California. Unfortunately, due to catching some sort of terrible bug, Frank had to cancel our last three performances. Mike got sick as well. We are very sorry if you tried to come see us and found out our shows were cancelled. We will try and make up for it next time.
Happy Holidays and Merry New Year from all of us to all of you! Stay warm, healthy and be excellent to each other.
Here are a few photos that were taken at our Black Oak Casino show.
Hello friends,We are so excited to let you know we have been nominated for the IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year! The fact that our peers and fans voted us into the top five of this category is an incredible honor.TheIBMA Awards Showwill be broadcast live from the stage of the historic Ryman Theater in Nashville, TN on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction, Channel 14) and syndicated to more than 300 U.S. markets and 14 foreign networks Thursday, September 27, 2012.
It has been a whirlwind year for us thus far. Touring Alaska, the Northeast, the Northwest, the Midwest, Colorado and beyond! We did, however, set aside some time to get into the studio and record some exciting new material we’ve been working up. The band is exceptionally inspired and it showed in the studio.HERE is a video to give you a taste of some of the new music and also show you how much fun we had recording the new project.Stay connected! Read our blog posts HERE and hit us up on FACEBOOK and TWITTER. We love keeping in touch!
On May 22nd, Putumayo released Bluegrass, an engaging collection featuring many of the genre’s most renowned artists. The album is Putumayo’s first venture into the world of bluegrass and includes Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Railroad Earth, Seldom Scene, Town Mountain, Uncle Earl and more.Frank was honored to have his version of Kate Wolf’s “Across The Great Divide” be part of it.On Wednesday, August 22, Music City Roots and Quicksilver Productions come together with Putumayo’s founder Dan Storper to celebrate this compilation. Two of Quicksilver Productions’ artists, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and Town Mountain will perform along with Alison Brown,Andrea Zonn and Sam Bush.
Stream the show live HERE at 7pm Wednesday, August 22nd.
We had to include this “show stealing” review from our performance at Beartrap last week in Casper, Wyoming.“When Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen took the stage at Beartrap Summer Festival, nobody quite knew what they were in for. When Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen left the stage, nobody was quite sure what they just saw. All anyone knew was that their minds just got blown. These guys came on stage without much fanfare, but left with about 1,000 more fans. They are the definition of a show-stealing band. With their melodies, harmonies, and incredible fiddle playing, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen came to Beartrap, saw Beartrap, and truly conquered Beartrap.”"I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again- Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen stole the show at Beartrap. This four-man group tore the house down with their music. My favorite songs are the ones that come from stories. This band told a story with every song they sang. HERE is just one of those stories that they performed at Beartrap Summer Festival 2012.” – Nick Perkins
See more of Nick’s review of the festival HERE.
Watch a live performance of Danny Booth’s “Wild Unknown” and get a glimpse of some photos from the festival HERE.
It has been an action packed three weeks let me tell you what! Since last I blogged we had just come back from our long June run at the Kluane Mountain Music festival in the Yukon, Bean Blossom, mine and Frank’s side trip to Granite Creek pickers retreat in Alaska, and the Northwestern run in Seattle and Portland. We had a few days down, then we piled in the van for Nashville to record with our hero Brent Truitt from the Steeldrivers. Brent is a grammy award winning producer with a seriously impressive resume, check out his website and you’ll see what I mean. The first two weeks in July we practically lived in the studio! We only came out to play a show at the Station Inn, which was a night for the books… John Cowan sat in
FS&DK w Cowan & Ickes Station Inn
for a bit and Rob Ickes for a longer bit. Definitely a nice change of pace from the studio and a good time at that. Big thanks to Mike Bub for doing such a good job on the sound and making my bass sound HUGE … Back to the studio – with the incredible ears, ideas, and monkeyfingers (that’s what his studio is called!) of Brent, we made a CD of original music that we all think is the best yet. Fresh new material from the pen of Frank, Frank’s cousins Ty Smith and Megan McCormick, our own Mike Munford, myself, and former bass player Chris Walls. I can honestly say that we all played our butts off, and we haven’t been able to sit down since!
From Nashville we drove back to Northern Virginia, spent a day off to let our butts heal and then loaded up the van for Grey Fox. My dad also decided to come down from Alaska and get in on the fun, so we drove my car up together. The 100 degree heat was a bit of a strain on my car, but I carried plenty of water and we made it there with without any serious problems… whew!
members. Chris and I joked into the mic, “yeah Frank and Mike are doin’ pretty well.” A highlight for me was having my dad sit in on dobro for Great Divide and July You’re a Woman. If you haven’t heard of Greg Booth, do a youtube search for “AKSlider” and you’ll see what I mean… a hoss! A big highlight was when all of Dirty Kitchen joined Tim O’Brien (with fiddlers Mike Barnett and Brian Wicklund) for a tribute set to those who’ve passed on. It’s not every day I get to play and sing with Tim O’Brien on stage, or ever for that matter. We were joined by banjoists Noam Pikelny, Sammy Shelor, Pete Wernick, Ryan Cavanaugh and Ira Gitlin for a tribute to Earl at the end. It was a 20+ tune Earl Scruggs medley… Not always easy for the bass player to pick the tune that way, but it was big fun and got an huge audience response. Top it off with some great jamming and I had the time of my life! Enormous thanks to Mary Doub, Chuck Wentworth, and Mary Burdette for such a fantastic festival!!
Tim O'brien w FS&DK Grey Fox
We are back in DC for a couple days off, gearing up to go back out for Falcon Ridge Folk Festival tomorrow morning… time to git’er again! Til next time, this is your Lonesome Unit signing off
Hello Friends! Danny Booth here for your Dirty Kitchen weekend report, and I’m happy to say we are getting her DONE! This weekend in the Pacific NW has been full of excitement, starting with a radio show at KCBS Seattle and then an interview with Fretboard Journal. Stay tuned for the interview on their website with pictures and video!
FS&DK @ the Tractor Tavern
The weekend has been filled with a variety of great shows, starting with one we had been anticipating for a long time… the Tractor in Seattle. Thanks to the Gloria Darlings for warming things up for us and bringing a good vibe. Chris’ fans definitely brought exceptional enthusiasm, and new fans from Wintergrass and Seattle Folk Festival helped to round out the audience.
We love getting to share our brand of bluegrass with all kinds of audiences, and we definitely covered the gamut this weekend! From a rocking stand up crowd at the Tractor (see video), we drove to Portland to play at Mississippi Pizza. Mostly sitting but very lively and appreciative hipsters at this venue, with great food and a wonderful staff that treated us right! Thanks to Four on the Floor for starting off the night. You guys were great.
Danny & Frank visit an old friend
We also got to visit a special Alaskan friend on her birthday – Annalisa Tornfelt! For those who don’t know her, she was the singer songstress of the Alaskan band Bearfoot, now playing with members of the Decemberists in the great band Black Prairie. So great to see her, Darian and John McDonald doing well.
Chris and Mike spotting submarines in Puget Sound
From there we drove back to Seattle, then next morning took a ferry across Puget sound to the Port Ludlow Bay Club. Yet another completely different audience of mostly retired folks that belong to the PLB Club. They were so enthusiastic, I thought we were back at the Tractor for a moment! This is a brilliantly executed concert series in a beautiful location, and we would definitely like to come back.
the band rallies behind Mike at the climax of Line Drive
The tour was capped off by a well-attended house concert at Lexx Collier’s house in Seattle. The weather decided to perk up on us, and we played in their back yard. Yet another energetic audience of die-hard acoustic music lovers. The long, eventful weekend only added to the band’s energy (see pic!). What a great way to end a two and a half week tour! It feels great to share what we do and connect with so many different types of people. We really appreciate your support in the Pacific Northwest and can’t wait to come back.
Now back in the DC area grabbing a quick rest and regroup before heading to The Red White and Bluegrass Festival on our way to Brent Truitt’s in Nashville where we are recording the new album. We have been running our new material extensively for the last several months and can’t wait to throw it down in the studio! Stay tuned for updates from the rest of the band on the recording front… it will be exciting to say the least. Until then, git’er!