Frank Solivan and banjoist Mike Munford (2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year), guitarist Chris Luquette (IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award winner) and doghouse bassist Dan Booth simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they also earned 2012 and 2013 Best Bluegrass Band honors from the Washington Area Music Association. They will be performing at Common Ground on the Hill Saturday, January 11 at 8 PM.
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. The band flavors every note of their most recent album, On the Edge, which Engine 145 dubbed, “a fine sophomore release from one of the most exciting bands in bluegrass today.”
Already one of the hottest acts on the bluegrass/Americana scene, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have added more volume to their considerable buzz with two wins at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 24th annual awards ceremony, held Sept. 26, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Banjo player Mike Munford was named Banjo Player of the Year and guitarist Chris Luquette received the Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the Year, a performance award.
Their shared history goes back to their teens; they met in Alaska when Solivan was 18 and Booth was 14. Luquette also hails from the Pacific Northwest: Seattle. Munford honed his chops in the D.C.-area bluegrass scene that spawned Emmylou Harris, the Seldom Scene and other talents. When they stir their instrumental skills and fine vocals together, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen create one intoxicating, instantly addicting elixir.
Last year's release of On The Edge showcases one of the most exciting and dynamic bands in bluegrass, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. With virtuoso guests Tim O’Brien, Rob Ickes and vocalist Megan McCormick joining Solivan’s skilled team of pickers, the album's 10 tracks virtually jump off of the CD as the band applies the muscle of traditional bluegrass and finesse of newgrass to material that reaches 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 of On The Edge Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen became one of the most sought after bands in bluegrass.
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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. The band flavors every note of their most recent album,