Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Turn Up The Temperature

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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen at AmericanaFest 2018- our own Jim Jacob got so close, they asked him to join the band!


What makes Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen so damn appealing is not just their technical wizardry, their live show routine well-honed over many years, or the glow of a Grammy nomination and multiple IBMA awards (including 2016’s Instrumental Group of the Year).  The critical endearing quality in essence is the band’s ability to redefine what bluegrass means.

Along with outfits like The Steel Wheels, The SteelDrivers and Chatham County Line, this band out of Washington DC gives credence to their musical bluegrass heroes but is not enslaved by past deeds and traditions.  Rather, the members focus primarily on original, strong songs found by lead vocalist and mandolinist Frank Solivan or zippy covers that have something new to say.  Aim: expand bluegrass parameters.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s new album is called If You Can’t Stand The Heat and is set to release January 25, 2019 on Compass Records.  The members I expect will continue their innovative ways with this new outing, their third.

The new ten-song collection, co-produced by Grammy-winning banjoist and Compass co-founder Alison Brown reportedly offers a vibrant mix of songs, from the traditional “Lena” featuring the mid-Atlantic bluegrass vocals of Danny Paisley and Dudley Connell to “Crooked Eye John” written by Cris Jacobs and featuring the inimitable fiddling of label mate and just-about-the-most-awarded-roots-musician-on-the-planet Michael Cleveland.  The lead-off track “Crave” was co-written by Solivan and singer/songwriter Becky Buller and showcases the guitar prowess of Chris Luquette.

The album also delivers a rendition of Steely Dan’s “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” featuring the lead vocals of Jeremy Middleton, the catchy “Be Sure” written by Solivan and the lively instrumental “Crack of Noon” penned by Award-winning banjoist Mike Munford.

If the legacy and footprint of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen are anything to go by, If You Can’t Stand The Heat should be another step in the band’s bold re-imagining of bluegrass.

Here’s a clip for “Crave”:



‘If You Can’t Stand The Heat’ Track List
1. Crave
2. Crooked Eyed John
3. My Own Way
4. Crack of Noon
5. Set in Stone
6. Lena
7. Wild Mustang
8. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number
9. Shiver
10. Be Sure


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