With their last album earning Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen a 2015 GRAMMY Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album, the eagerly anticipated Family, Friends & Heroes has helped them add IBMA’s 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year to their list of accolades. This genre-stretching album provides a generous glimpse into Solivan’s work that pays homage to his family members and features the pristine playing of his closest musical heroes, including Del McCoury, Rob Ickes, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, John Cowan, Mike Bub, Shawn Camp and Megan McCormick.
10.2015 / Live at Music City Roots
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Following Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s GRAMMY nomination, IBMA Award, and top prize in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, bandleader Frank Solivan continues the pace in 2016 with a solo release, Family, Friends & Heroes. Available March 4, the 14-song collection pays homage to Solivan's family members and features the pristine playing of his musical heroes. Special guests include Del McCoury, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, and more. Recorded in an intimate, living-room style, Family, Friends & Heroes is a glimpse into Solivan's heart. Highlights are plenteous and include a take of “Pretty Woman”, with Del McCoury on high harmony, “Wayfaring Stranger”, featuring the vocals of Lorene Solivan (Frank’s late mother); “The Fishing Song”, written by Ty Smith (Frank’s cousin); “Are You Missing Me”, featuring Frank’s cousin, Megan McCormick (Jenny Lewis); and “Leaving On A Jet Plane”, featuring John Cowan’s mighty tenor.
“It’s a toast to the things that matter in life and testimony to how good music can feel when talent is fused with soul and sincerity.” —Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots
2015 GRAMMY Best Bluegrass Album Nominee!
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen are the next big thing on the bluegrass circuit. Fronted by mandolinist, singer and songwriter Frank Solivan, the band has been nominated several years in a row for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award 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.
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, guitarist Chris Luquette and bassman Danny Booth) take their brand of bluegrass through the paces proving track after track that bluegrass can rock and groove. With special guests Leon Alexander, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Rob Ickes and Megan McCormick.
“Ranked among the “buzz” bluegrass bands…a razor sharp, confident quartet.” —Bluegrass Unlimited
ON THE EDGE, the new album from Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, showcases one of the most exciting new bands in bluegrass. With esteemed guests Tim O’Brien singing harmony on "On the Edge of Letting Go," Dobro whiz Rob Ickes and vocalist Megan McCormick joining Solivan’s skilled team of pickers, these original songs and unique arrangements virtually jump off of the CD as the band applies the muscle of traditional bluegrass and finesse of new grass to songs across the bluegrass and Americana spectrums. Frank Solivan’s tenor vocals soar over virtuosic picking provided by banjoist Mike Munford, guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Danny Booth. With the release ofON THE EDGE Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen are poised to become one of the most in demand and celebrated new bands in the genre.
“This is the best new bluegrass band.” —Rob Ickes
“Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have certainly ranked among the “buzz” bluegrass bands…a razor sharp, confident quartet influenced by a broad range of the last four decades of bluegrass music development.” —Bluegrass Unlimited