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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Win Instrumental Group of the Year

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Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenAustin, TX -- Washington, D.C. area bluegrass quartet Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were named Instrumental Group of the Year at the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, held Thursday evening in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts.

Although this is Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s first Instrumental Group of the Year Award, this is the second consecutive year the band has been nominated in the category. The reigning IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, Mike Munford, was nominated for the award again this year, and Solivan received a Mandolin Player and Male Vocalist of the Year nod.

The band, which also includes guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Danny Booth, got to demonstrate how they earned their award during the evening’s ceremony, wowing the crowd of fans and fellow musicians with a thrilling performance of the title track from the band’s latest album, Cold Spell (Aug. 12, 2014; Compass Records). Following a set at IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival this afternoon, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen will hit the road for the rest of October; their tour schedule includes a show at Nashville’s legendary bluegrass venue, The Station Inn.

Repeatedly tagged as one of the most exciting bands on the bluegrass scene, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have earned a slew of accolades since joining forces in the Washington, D.C. area, a longtime breeding ground for some of the genre’s finest players. Lead vocalist/mandolinist/fiddler Solivan and bassist Dan Booth have known one another since they were teens in Alaska; they’re joined by last year's Banjo Player of the Year banjoist Mike Munford, and guitarist Chris Luquette, who won last year's IBMA Instrumentalist of The Year Momentum Award. Noted for individual virtuosity, well-executed interplay and close harmonies, they expertly deliver precise, intricate compositions without ever stepping on one another’s musical toes. And though they use traditional instruments, they refuse to be bound by tradition; they much prefer to travel wherever the music takes them.

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