"This is the best new bluegrass band..." --Rob Ickes 12 time IBMA Dobro Player of the Year
Here's an exciting bluegrass entry heavy on original tunes and crisp, clean production. Following a path that found him in the U.S. Navy's country band and teaching music lessons in Alaska, Solivan leads this ensemble with exceptional mandolin picking, engaging vocals and the strongest set of bluegrass originals I've heard in a long time. If I booked festivals, I'd put these guys onstage every afternoon. CMT.com http://www.cmt.com/news/country-music/1647363/ten-indie-albums-worth-a-listen.jhtml
You know you've got something going for you when the dobro master nonpareil Rob Ickes ordains you "the best new bluegrass band." Guess what? The estimable Mr. Ickes may have understated the case, if the level of playing, writing and singing on Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen's self-titled debut is any indication...Talk about a band coming out of nowhere and bound for greater glory, this is it. David McGee, The Bluegrass Special
Vintage Guitar Magazine (Dec 2010) - "Contemporary bluegrass comes in many varieties - neo-trad bands such as Del McCoury or Open Road, Nash-Vegas acts such as Rhonda Vincent or The Grascals, "newgrass" bands such as John Cowan and Sam Bush, Jam/rock/bluegrass bands like Drew Emmitt/Nershi or the Avett Brothers, and grass /jazz groups including David Grisman's Quintet, Crooked Still, and Psychograss.Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen don't fit into those categories; rather, they combine the energy of a hardcore traditional band with a more modern and contemporary folk-influenced sound..."
From a review of Folk Alliance Showcase Highlights: http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/folk-alliance-2011-highlights
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen: I know Frank Solivan's music well, since Hearth Music worked a publicity campaign for his new album. His beautifully polished bluegrass music is played with technical precision and virtuosity. His music is quite stunning and I was looking forward to seeing him play in person. But his performance with Dirty Kitchen took me completely by surprise with its raw energy. He played like a man possessed, shredding his mandolin runs and blazing through red-hot fiddle solos. I tweeted at the time that Frank and Dirty Kitchen should be giving a workshops on performing as a band. They were impossibly tight together, and could turn on a dime. They matched Frank's lead perfectly and played just as hard as he did. It was a remarkable acoustic performance, made all the more intimate by the small hotel room that was Trade Root Music's private showcase space. There's a red-hot core of barely tamed wildness in the heart of bluegrass music, something we tend to forget in this day-and-age of overly sanitized and "safe" bluegrass bands.
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen helped me remember why I love bluegrass: the pure adrenaline of lightning-fast picking and wickedly complex arrangements. Alan Lomax famously called bluegrass "folk music on overdrive" and after Frank Solivan's performance, I'd have to whole-heartedly agree. Devon Leger, Hearth Music.
The Edinburgh Pixy Theatre is please to add Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen to the lineup of stellar groups celebrating Bill Monroe's 100th Birthday. Dirty Kitchen will appear on Thursday, September 1st, at 7PM. Tickets are $10.00 and are available.
The Edinburgh Pixy Theatre
111 South Walnut St.
Edinburgh, IN 43124
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