Family Friends & Heroes is a triumph on so many levels and it is a reminder of the unbridled power of music when talent meets emotional honesty. Read the full review… - Rob Dickens, No Depression (April 2016)

 

Finally, we have an album which is really all about the special cast of musicians that Frank Solivan brought together for his new album. Called Family, Friends & Heroes, the record is filled with just that. Each track features some combination of bluegrass titans – McCoury, Douglas, Bush, Cowan etc. – and family members. Recorded in “intimate, living-room style” this one features some fun covers, tasty harmonies and plenty of adventurous pickin’… a must for any bluegrass fan. Read the full review… - Aaron Stein, JamBase (April 2016)

 

Shaken and stirred, Solivan’s gang of grassers amount to a not-so-secret recipe that’s full of home and heart. Read the full review… - Tom Netherland, Herald Courier (April 2016)

 

The acoustic Family, Friends & Heroes… vibe suggests the mastery of traditional instruments and styles of singing still has value in the 21st century, a radical thought as bluegrass is not really that old. Read the full review… - Steven Horowitz, PopMatters (April 2016)

 

I confess to never having heard of Frank Solivan before. The press release told me little, a GRAMMY nomination, top prize in a Mid Atlantic Song Contest apart. It left the underlying message that this was an extended family project called “Family, Friends & Heroes” recorded in an intimate living room style. Slipping the cd into the player, the first thing you notice is the impeccable playing, a Mandolin led version of Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” that morphs in and out of the Beatles “Day Tripper”, it grabs your attention just when you expected “Do we need another version”? The answer to that question a resounding “yes”, if it’s this good. Read the full review… - Ian Cripps, FATEA Magazine (March 2016)

 

Frank Solivan is well on his way to becoming one of the biggest names in contemporary bluegrass. His award-winning ensemble Dirty Kitchen has found an audience that appreciates the genre’s traditions while at the same time embraces its progression…Frank Solivan has accomplished something truly special by combining his formidable band mates and talented friends with his terrific cousins and amazing parents. He’s carefully chosen songs that highlight the incredible influence of music on his life and arranged them in a manner that demonstrates his mastery of the craft. The range of genuine emotion that Frank has managed to capture is as varied and impressive as the amount of instruments on the record. He’s clearly put every ounce of his heart into this project and his listenership is being rewarded with the result. In the end, Family, Friends & Heroes is more than just another outstanding album, it’s an audible tribute to the people who make Frank Solivan possible. Read the full review… - Bill Rudd, The Lot Scene (March 2016)

 

Solivan brings his award winning Dirty Kitchen band to the Isis to perform and celebrate the CD; this man’s voice stands out and is worth hearing. Read the full review… - Carol Rifkin, Citizen-Times (March 2016)

 

Rare is an album title as literal as the new project from Frank Solivan. But as Solivan constructed his own dream bluegrass record, it was his own family, friends and heroes whom he invited to join him in the studio. The result is a disc that bursts with emotion and instrumental interplay, and captures the live interplay of musical comrades exploring new and favorite tunes. Read the full review… - Erik Ernst, Tap Milwaukee (March 2016)

 

Perhaps the most difficult thing to do in the music business is actually record the joie de vivre of a spectacular live performance.  On his latest album, Family, Friends & Heroes, Frank Solivan has managed to capture that lightning in a bottle.  It’s only March, but it’s hard to believe I’ll hear a better bluegrass album this year. Read the full review… - Shawn Underwood, Twangville

 

Imagine yourself on a grassy bank, or in a camp chair, settling in on a steamy summer day, with a group of friends playing bluegrass music. Frank Solivan’s Family, Friends and Heroes transports the listener to that place. Solivan’s world of bluegrass is high and lonesome, but with powerful technical chops. His mandolin playing is stout, but uplifting, and provides the core to the CD. As the title suggests, Solivan is joined by many collaborators, and the result is an outpouring of feeling and love for the players and the music. Read the full review… - Fred Smith, Country Standard Time (March 2016)

 

Frank Solivan just keeps getting better, as a songwriter, arranger, singer and, not the least, instrumentalist. But don’t take my word for it. Check out his new project for Compass Records, Family, Friends & HeroesRead the full review… - David Morris, Bluegrass Today (March 2016)

 

On the aptly-titled Family, Friends & Heroes (out March 4 on Compass Records), mandolinist Frank Solivan shows why one of the rising stars in bluegrass circles deserves a higher profile in the wider world of Americana. Read the full review… - Don McLeese, No Depression (March 2016)

 

If you’ve been to a bluegrass show or festival, you have sure felt that friendly, familial vibe that comes from the positivity and joy of the music’s energetic, upbeat presence. Bluegrass songs rarely shy away from pain and heartbreak, but the feeling of hearing a banjo or a mandolin makes it hard to hold back a smile. Veteran bluegrass players Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen seemed to have this in mind when they recorded their new album Family, Friends & Heroes, which comes out on March 4th on Compass RecordsRead the full review… - Neil Ferguson, Glide Magazine (February 2016)

 

Frank Solivan has become one of bluegrass music’s most entertaining performers, touring with his band, Dirty Kitchen, all over the US. But like every artist, he had a long route to get where he is today. Starting as a young man in Alaska, he learned to play in a musical family, and left for a stint in the US Navy Band Country Current which took him to the DC area where he lives currently as a solo artist and band leader. Along the way, a great many people influenced or assisted Frank on his journey, and his next album is a celebration of those contributions. Family, Friends & Heroes is due to hit next week, and Solivan and Compass Records have prepared this mini-documentary explaining and introducing some of the folks and the music that will be included. Read the full review… - John Lawless, Bluegrass Today (February 2016)

Family made Frank Solivan’s passion for and career in music possible. Friends have come easily as he’s taken his open-hearted way with bluegrass on the road and into venues, where his conviviality (sometimes paired with his culinary gifts) leaves audiences closer to him and to one another. Heroes have guided his journey as a mandolinist, singer, songwriter and bandleader. And in many cases, those heroes have become friends and many of his friends have become like family. It’s wonderful but unsurprising to see these threads braided together not he Family, Friends & Heroes album. 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 (January 2016)