Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Bluegrass Band

A New Look and New Sounds

Preorder the new recording project, view the new videos and tell everyone about the batch of shows that will kick it all off. By the way, the first 100 folks to preorder from Compass Records gets a signed copy and sticker!

We have a few “local” gigs that we will be playing July 9th, 10th, 12th and then the big one that really gets things going for us on July 25th with WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. We will perform live on-air at their Black Box Theater to properly expose folks to the new sounds of FS&DK and kick off our National Tour supporting the release of COLD SPELL.

The whole FS&DK team is really stoked for you to get a taste. So here’s a song from the new project, written by Frank and his cousin Charles (Ty) Smith, performed June 10, 2014 live on-air with Katy Daley.

New Album – COLD SPELL

Due to drop on August 12th, 2014.

Watch the music video for

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen To Release New Album – With Supporting US Tour Dates

New album features guests:

Leon Alexander, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Rob Ickes and Megan McCormick

(Nashville, TN) June 11, 2014 – Over the past year, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have been taking the bluegrass world by storm. With the release of their new album COLD SPELL on August 12, they are poised to branch out even further into the burgeoning roots music scene.
The album’s ten tracks show just how far the traditional bluegrass instrumentation of banjo, mandolin, guitar and acoustic bass can go in the right hands. From the evocative opening track “Say It Isn’t So,” through the bluesy “No Life in this Town,” to the future jam grass anthem “She Said She Will” (featuring Solivan’s bluesy tenor vocals and a jaw dropping banjo performance from Mike Munford, International Bluegrass Music Association’s reigning Banjo Player of the Year), Frank Solivan and his bandmates (Munford on banjo, Danny Booth on bass and Chris Luquette on guitar) take their brand of bluegrass through the paces proving track after track that bluegrass can rock and groove. With special guests Leon AlexanderSam BushJohn CowanRob Ickes and Megan McCormick.
Fronted by mandolinist, singer and songwriter Frank Solivan, the band has been nominated for multiple IBMA awards including Instrumental Group of the Year and Emerging Artist of the year, and their current tour schedule includes some of the most important tastemaker festivals in the roots music world. Their new album COLD SPELL will solidify their position as torchbearers for the new generation of progressive bands taking bluegrass from its traditional roots to a younger and broader audience.

And so it begins…

We kick off the summer season with a local gig in Vienna, VA at VIVA VIENNA.

Then its off to North Carolina and South Carolina for a few shows. Check our schedule HERE for details. June is full of very cool dates.

Merlefest Schedule

Our MerleFest schedule, Saturday April 26th:

Hillside 11:45am-12:30pm

Cabin 8:00-8:35pm

Midnight Jam

Meet and Greet, Autographs 2:30pm-3:30pm

Creekside 2:45-3:30pm
BanjoRama Part Two featuring Pete Wernick, Mike Munford, Scott Vestal, Mark Johnson, Blake Williams, Jonny Mizzone and Scott Anderson

Creekside 4:00-5:00pm
Mando Mania featuring: Sam Bush, Tony Williamson, Frank Solivan, Jenni Lynn Gardner, Tim O’Brien, Stephen Mougin, and Mike Compton

Mandolin Intensive/Dinner


March 8th 1pm-7pm at Corner Store Arts 900 South Carolina Avenue, SE Washington, DC

Just off of the Eastern Market Metro stop.


Limited scholarships available. For inquires, email:

A hands on intensive with Frank Solivan, touching on traditional bluegrass, fiddle tunes, swing standards and country classics. An in-depth study of rhythm fundamentals, chords, scales, arpeggios, and use of fingering patterns to mentally map your fretboard. Students will use these tools to build musical solos, learn and play faster, improve tone and enhance the tunes they already know. Even if you are a rank beginner, advanced player or have taken one of Frank’s workshops before, you’ll walk away with new tools and ways to approach your mandolin. A recording device is recommended. All followed by a meal prepared by Frank.


Mandolin instruction phase one: Technique, Tone Timing and Tempo. Incorporating “The Four T’s” into practice routines; Developing good habits, healthy playing, stretches, etc; Use of chords, scales and arpeggios to develop familiar patterns in mapping the fretboard; Mandolin etiquette in a band setting and jam session; Let’s learn a tune

Open jam and practice

Mandolin instruction phase two: Learn another tune and incorporate phase one ideas to think more musically and build solos. Improvisation isn’t as hard as it seems.

Dinner/Jam: Enjoy one of Frank’s “One Pot Wonders” (chile verde) followed by mando jam

SHOW UPDATE – Caffe Lena is Canceled!

Friday January 3rd, 2014 show at Caffe Lena is CANCELED due to blizzard weather, unsafe road conditions and road closures! We will reschedule for a later date.

Stay tuned friends,



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