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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

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With their last album earning Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen a 2015 GRAMMY Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album, the eagerly anticipated Family, Friends & Heroes released March 4th to great critical acclaim. 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.

Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they were named IBMA’s 2014 Instrumental Group of the Year.

Family, Friends & Heroes (2016)

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  • Pretty Woman
  • Leaving On A Jet Plane

Cold Spell (2014)FSDK - Cold Spell (2014)

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  • Say It Isn't So
  • No Life In This Town

On The Edge (2013) FSDK - On the Edge (2013)

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  • I Fell Short
  • Gone

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (2010)

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  • Driftin' Apart
  • The Note that Said Goodbye

Selfish Tears (2006)

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  • Selfish Tears
  • Screened In

I Am a Rambler (2002)

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  • Day to Day
  • Dirty Kitchen

 

Video

“Wild Unknown” Live at the Bluegrass Underground (April 2016)

Compass Records - Family, Friends & Heroes (March 2016)

“Pretty Woman” Live on Music City Roots (October 2015)

“Say It Isn’t So” Live on Music City Roots (October 2015)

“Cold Spell” Live the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards Show (September 2014)

“No Life in this Town” Live in Telluride (August 2014)

“She Said She Will” at WAMU Bluegrass Country (June, 2014)

“Yeah Man” at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country (July 2014)

“Better (Days Go By) **Official Video** (July 2014)

Soundcheck: The Bluegrass Situation (September, 2013)

 

The Scuttlebutt

The band packs dazzling solos into dizzyingly small spaces, funneling bluegrass’s love of dexterity into pop’s love of brevity. Read the full review… - Grayson Haver Currin, Indy Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 & Heroes. - David Morris, Bluegrass Today

Frank’s voice is in top shape, mining new territory in the fusion between bluegrass and soul. - Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen are what bluegrass music needs these days. They are master musicians who fully understand the history and tradition but aren’t afraid to explore new sounds and concepts. - Brian Paul Swenk, Bluegrass Today

With Cold Spell, Solivan, Munford, Booth, and Luquette are poised to become a lasting force in the bluegrass community, and also exhibit strong potential to cross over into even broader success. - Ed Whitelock, PopMatters

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen are settling into a long-term run as productive as it will be influential. They’ve got it all, including momentum. - David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine

Such a pleasure to see this band develop from disc to disc; seeing them jam live takes it to another level. This isn’t your father’s or grandfather’s bluegrass — it’s state of the art acoustic music with elements of blues, jazz, rock, folk, Americana. - Douglas Ball, Amazon Customer Review

Frank Solivan can’t stop singing. He’s sitting at a truck stop somewhere in Nebraska, taking a break from an endless drive between gigs, but he still launches into song like he’s leading his band Dirty Kitchen through a rambling bluegrass number on a festival stage. - Stephen M. Deusner, CMT Edge

Solivan, Munford, Luquette, and Danny Booth (bass) are some of the most talented musicians, both vocally and instrumentally, playing in the bluegrass world right now. - John Goad, Bluegrass Today

For those of you who’ve been spending time under a bluegrass rock lately, Solivan and his bandmates are one of the hottest acts around. - Shawn Underwood, Twangville

If Tim O’Brien and Alison Brown ever had a love child, it might just be Frank Solivan. This newgrass/bluegrass foursome spirals through skin-tight banjo picking, razor-sharp mandolin and jazz-tinged concentric circles – all with a degree of control that balances technical precision and improvisational virtuosity. - Siobhan Long, Irish Times

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 Bluegrass Music News Network

You’ll find music that expresses common themes – longing and desire, heartache and hope — in uncommon and creative ways. Music that means something. Even music that makes you think. - David Morris, Bluegrass Today

The best music always defies categorization. The instruments featured will inevitably lead people to call it bluegrass. Some will call it Roots and others Americana. I say call it whatever you like, just make sure to give it a listen. - Ian Birchwood, Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association

Cold Spell, their recent release, sticks to the bluegrass that brought them in for the show and wraps the basic string band structure with country, jazz, blues and rock influences. - Danny, The Alternate Root

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen clearly have proven that uniqueness, authenticity, and being true to your vision of who you want to be does work, and it seems to be what the listener is looking for too. - Greg Tutwiler, Americana Rhythm Music Magazine