FRANK SOLIVAN & DIRTY KITCHEN (Fri)
Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of the nation’s capitol, he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist and knock-out singer. His curiously named band, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, has become a major act on the festival circuit. The unusual moniker comes from Frank’s other passion – serving up gourmet meals for friends and family at home or on the road.
At the 2016 IBMA Awards their latest album, “Family, Friends & Heroes,” earned nominations for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year. Frank also received a nomination for Mandolin Player of the Year, and Mike Munford was nominated for Banjo Player of the Year. To cap it all off, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen took home the 2016 IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year Award! This was their second time around for that honor, having won that same coveted award in 2014. Their critically acclaimed album, “Cold Spell,” earned a 2015 GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year.
Solivan, with 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Mike Munford, joined by award-winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, blend bluegrass, acoustic country, blues, folk, swing and jazz together into a spicy Americana gumbo. Powerful vocal harmonies, expressive songwriting, haunting ballads, and virtuoso instrumental skills will surely make this versatile group a big part of the excitement at Grey Fox 2017.