A gourmet cook and one of the top bluegrass musicians in the world? All in a day’s work for Frank Solivan. After six years performing with the United States Navy’s elite Country Current, Frank Solivan formed Dirty Kitchen, a tight knit group of some of the best bluegrass players on the scene today. With the 2010 release of their self-titled album, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, the stellar reviews started rolling in. The album made Best of 2010 lists from coast to coast and continues to be in heavy rotation on radio and internet stations world wide.
A year later, in 2011, Frank’s debut album was still at the top of the bluegrass and root’s music charts! As David Magee of the Bluegrass Special put it Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen is “… bound for greater glory.” True to form, Frank Solivan just got picked for the brand‐new Putumayo compilation, Bluegrass, where his bluegrass cover of Kate Wolf’s “Across the Great Divide” will now be part of this international release in 2012.
Raised in the bluegrass tradition from California to Alaska, Frank Solivan has been an award-winning musician almost since he was old enough to hold up a fiddle, as well as a key mentor to some of bluegrass’s young stars. Frank Solivan is a multi-instrumentalist who sings with power and passion, writes articulate songs that go straight to the heart, and combines the pure, hard drive of classic bluegrass with contemporary twenty-first century acoustic music. He’s also an excellent band leader, coaxing amazing performances out of the members of Dirty Kitchen, each of whom are master musicians. Also from Alaska, bassist Danny Booth is known for his supportive bass lines laden with powerful tone and fluid technique, as well as for his lead and harmony vocals. Banjoist Mike Munford’s impeccable timing, exquisite tone and jaw-dropping technique hasfound him on stage with Peter Rowan, the Rice Brothers, Lynn Morris and Tony Trischka. Newest member, Seattle guitarist Chris Luquette is one of the hardest working musicians in his hometown, respected for his wide repertoire of guitar styles, including his studies with Brazilian composer Jovino Santos Netos. Together, Dirty Kitchen unites the best in bluegrass with Solivan’s beautifully written Americana songs.
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen stir the pot with a recipe that offers a smorgasbord of musical sounds, combining multiple layers of razor sharp instrumental expertise, stellar songwriting, solid lead and harmony vocals with years of confident experience. Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen has quickly gained a reputation as a dynamic group exhibiting the perfect blend of serious skill, heartfelt passion and an enthusiastic live show.