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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen to Release You Can’t Stand The Heat in 2019

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Virtuoso newgrass mandolinist Frank Solivan and his band Dirty Kitchen have announced the release of a new album titled You Can’t Stand The Heat. The album is set for release on February 8, 2019 on Compass Records. This new project is being co-produced by Alison Brown, Compass co-founder and Grammy winner, and will feature guest vocal appearances from Danny Paisley, Dudley Connell. Michael Cleveland also appears on fiddle.

Frank Solivan left Alaska and moved to Washington, D.C., where he’s built a great reputation as a formidable mandolinist. The band includes award-winning banjoist Mike Munford, award-winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton.

Frank Solivan’s discography includes I Am A Rambler ‎(2009), On The Edge ‎(2013), Cold Spell (2014) and Family, Friends & Heroes ‎(2016).


Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Win 2016 IBMA Award for Instrumental Group of the Year

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen received the IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year award at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Awards. The group first won this category in 2014.

Solivan’s recent solo album Family, Friends & Heroes (Compass Records) was released on March 4. A tribute to Solivan’s musical heroes, the project includes Dirty Kitchen members, some of Solivan’s own family, and special guests John Cowan, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush, Jim Hurst, Del McCoury, and more.

Frank Solivan - Family, Friends & Heroes
Frank Solivan – Family, Friends & Heroes

Upcoming tour dates include:

October 1 – Bluegrass by the Bay – Ocean City, Maryland.
October 15 – The Hamilton – Washington, D.C.
October 22 – LEAF Festival – Black Mountain, North Carolina.
November 12 – Riverhawk Music Festival – Brooksville, Florida.


Exceptionally Expressive Modern Bluegrass

Frank Solivan – Family, Friends & Heroes (Compass Records, 2016)

Multi-instrumentalist, chef and singer-songwriter Frank Solivan dedicates his solo album Family, Friends & Heroes to his family. The album features a wonderful mix of original songs, covers and traditional pieces arranged by Solivan.

Throughout Family, Friends & Heroes, Solivan showcases his talent as a vocalist as well as a skilled instrumentalist on the mandolin, fiddle and guitar. Although Family, Friends & Heroes is rooted in bluegrass, Solivan incorporates jazz improvisation, American folk, Celtic music, blues and rock influences.

In the liner notes, Frank Solivan explains that he had planned to record a full album with his mother, Lorene Solivan. She passed away in 2014 so the project will never become a reality. However, Solivan was fortunate to record Lorene Solivan on one song, an exquisitely moving version of the popular traditional song “Wayfaring Stranger.”

Frank Solivan includes other members of his gifted family on Family, Friends & Heroes, such as his father Frank Solivan Sr. and cousins Megan McCormick (vocals, guitar), Teresa Michel (vocals), John Cruz (low harmony vocals) and Ernie Cruz, Jr. (high harmony vocals).

The impressive list of special guests featured in the recording include members of Dirty Kitchen (banjo master Mike Munford and guitarist Chris Luquette) together with Sam Bush (mandolin), John Cowan (Vocals), Jerry Douglas (dobro), Rob Ickes (dobro), Del McCoury (vocals), Ronnie McCoury (mandolin), Danny Booth (bass), Leon Alexander (percussion), Mike Bub (bass), and Jim Hurst (guitar).

Family, Friends & Heroes features exceptionally expressive vocals by a extraordinary cast of singers as well as dazzling acoustic interplay by some of the finest contemporary bluegrass musicians.

Album Release Tour

March 11 — Me & Thee Coffeehouse – Marblehead, MA
March 12 — Caffe Lena – Saratoga Springs, NY
March 13 — Riverfolk Concerts – Honesdale, PA
March 19 — The Hamilton: CD Release Celebration (with Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley & others) – Washington D.C.
March 26 — Anodyne Coffee Roasting – Milwaukee, WI
March 31 — Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC
April 1 — The Station Inn – Nashville, TN
April 23 — Birthplace of Country Music Museum – Bristol, VA
May 1 — Black Rock Arts Center – Germantown, MD
May 20 — Nelson Odeon – Cazenovia, NY
May 21 — Nelson Odeon – Cazenovia, NY

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