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Frank Solivan Cooking Up More Than Bluegrass at BCMM April 23

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Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenBristol, TN/VA -- Frank Solivan loves good food and good bluegrass. April 23 he's throwing both ingredients into the mix in celebration of his new solo album release Family, Friends & Heroes at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM). The event is called Frank Solivan's Dirty Kitchen Experience, and not only is Frank cooking up some amazing bluegrass, he's making dinner!

A benefit for WBCM Radio Bristol, Frank Solivan's Dirty Kitchen Experience echoes the food and music gatherings Solivan enjoyed with his family while growing up. Accompanied by his band Dirty Kitchen, Frank will serve a smokin' hot side of bluegrass following a hearty meal — made by Frank — from one of his favorite recipes.

On the heels of an acclaim-filled year, including a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album in 2015, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen are on the road supporting Family, Friends & Heroes in a big way. Comprised of phenomenal multi-instrumentalist Solivan, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Mike Munford, guitarist Chris Luquette, and bassist Jeremy Middleton, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have been described as one of bluegrass music's most entertaining performers in Bluegrass Today.

The Dirty Kitchen Experience Brings Good Food and Good Music Together

Available on Compass Records, Family, Friends & Heroes is a labor of love and a stellar piece of work. A nod to the musical heroes inside and outside of Solivan’s family, the project features Dirty Kitchen members, some of Solivan’s own kinfolk, and several special musical guests.

Vocal highlights on the album include Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman,” featuring Del McCoury, John Cowan’s mighty tenor against Solivan’s lead on the John Denver classic, “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” and the moving alto of Lorene Solivan (Frank’s late mother) on “Wayfaring Stranger,” in what turned out to be her last recording.

Instrumentally, too, the album shines. Solivan’s take on “Dark Hollow,” featuring Sam Bush, was dubbed by Glide Magazine as one of the album’s “standout collaborations, a beautifully unfiltered and natural rendition that captures two massively talented musicians in their natural habitat, jamming simply for the joy of it.”

ickets to Frank Solivan's Dirty Kitchen Experience are $100 per person and includes cocktails, dinner, dessert, and the concert. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. To reserve tickets visit

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, explores the history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting impact on our music heritage. From the Bristol Sessions and beyond, our region continues to influence music around the world. Through text and artifacts, multiple theater experiences, film and sound, and interactive, technology-infused displays—along with a variety of educational programs, music programs, and community events—the exciting story of this music and its far-reaching influence comes alive! Rotating exhibitions created in-house and by guest curators and other institutions—including the Smithsonian—will be featured throughout the year in the Special Exhibits Gallery. The museum is also home to an extensive digital archive.

The museum is located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee. For more information about the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, visit or call 423-573-1927.

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