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Chris Luquette Joins the Ensemble of Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

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Frank solivan and Dirty KitchenFrank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen started off the year pretty hot and heavy. Except for the temperatures on their "Way Up North To Alaska Tour" in January. It wasn't very hot there. It was minus 35 when we landed in Fairbanks! The band's good friend Chris Luquette filled in on guitar for us up north. He did an incredible job. In fact, he did so well, they offered him the job. The official public announcement of his new venture with Dirty Kitchen was from stage at Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival in Bellevue, Washington last month.

Here's some video from the Anchorage Folk Festival and a picture of the new line up. Say your goodbyes to the old picture above.

Chris has been one of the hardest working musician in the Seattle music scene as of late. You'?d be hard pressed to find another 21 year old seamlessly switching from International Music to Jazz and from Rock to Bluegrass so comfortably. He has even studied Brazilian Jazz with Seattle based Brazil music legend, Jovino Santos Neto. Chris'? musicianship reflects the multitude of musical influences he turns to for inspiration.

His acoustic guitar playing really stands out, but this virtuosic, multi-instrumentalist is equally at home playing mandolin, drums, bass, electric guitar, banjo, and Greek bouzouki! In addition to his own Seattle based band, Northern Departure, Chris plays with Folk Voice band, Michael O'Neill and is a first call freelance musician. Don'?t miss an opportunity to hear him shred his Martin guitar in half with Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen! Shad Cobb will be filling in this week in Minnesota.

Shad CobbThe band's banjo man, Mike Munford, is way down under helping Peter Rowan out in Australia this month. So their good friend and uber talented fiddler, Shad Cobb will be filling in while Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen are in Minnesota this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See the band's schedule HERE.

Shad's intricate and soulful style of playing has been compiled over the years from many of his early influences. The playing of such legendary fiddlers as Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Art Stamper, Mark O'Connor, Kenny Baker and Byron Berline helped develop Shad's playing throughout the earliest part of his musical career. Shad Cobb's present-day virtuosity puts him at the forefront of top fiddlers in the country. Whether on one of his recordings, or in a live setting, the playing of Shad Cobb is quite an amazing thing to witness.

Born in Hazelville, Washington, Shad Cobb began playing the fiddle at the age of thirteen, and his career started early with his family band that included his father and brothers. In '95, Shad moved to Nashville and began recording with some of Nashville's top artists, including such acts as Bluegrass legends and Grand Ole Opry members the Osborne Brothers, vocalist Marty Rabon with his band Shenandoah, Country music icons like Willie Nelson, singer-songwriters like Steve Earle, old-time and bluegrass musician/comedian Mike Snyder, and The John Cowan Band.

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