Frank Solivan Cooks up New Album Family, Friends & Heroes on March 4

Frank Solivan Cooks up New Album
Family, Friends & Heroes on March 4

TEXAS – After a year of tours, awards, a Grammy nomination, and acclaim
for Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, bandleader Frank Solivan keeps
the pace with a new solo release, Family, Friends & Heroes.
Available March 4, (Compass Records), the album pays homage to
Solivan’s family and features the pristine playing of his closest
musical heroes. Special guests include members of Dirty Kitchen along
with Sam Bush, John Cowan, Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Del McCoury, Ronnie
McCoury, and others. 

in an intimate, living-room style, Family, Friends & Heroes is a
generous glimpse into Solivan’s heart and the talents of his beloved
family members. It’s a project that makes perfect sense coming from
Solivan, says Craig Havighurst, music journalist and co-host of
Nashville’s “Music City Roots: Live from the Factory.” 

made Frank’s passion for and career in music possible,” says
Havighurst, of his friend and colleague. “Friends have come easily as
he’s taken his open-hearted way with bluegrass on the road, and heroes
have guided his journey and, in many cases, have become like family. Family, Friends & Heroes
is a toast to things that matter in life and a testimony to how good
music can feel when talent is fused with soul and sincerity.”

are plenteous and include a super-cool take on “Pretty Woman,” with Del
McCoury on high harmony; “Wayfaring Stranger,” featuring the vocals of
Lorene Solivan (Frank’s late mother), “The Fishing Song,” written by Ty
Smith (Frank’s cousin); and John Cowan’s almighty tenor against
Solivan’s lead on a John Denver classic, “Leaving On A Jet Plane.” 

connections run deep also on “Are You Missing Me,” a song written by
Frank’s aunt Norma and her late husband Charles Bell (both members of
the Western Swing Hall of Fame) and performed here by artist Megan
McCormick (Frank’s cousin; Norma’s granddaughter).

The band’s previous release, Cold Spell
(2014, Compass Records), proved a hit among fans and industry leaders
alike and garnered multiple awards, a Grammy nomination (Best Bluegrass
Album), and top prize in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. A Bluegrass
Today review of Cold Spell and previous releases called Frank
Solivan & Dirty Kitchen “what bluegrass music needs these days …
master musicians who fully understand the history and tradition but
aren’t afraid to explore new sounds and concepts.”

prolific force from the stage, the studio, and even in the kitchen, you
can expect Solivan and his band to continue to entertain fans as they
tour in 2016. Select shows (*) will feature favorite dishes from
Solivan’s forthcoming cookbook, and two shows (DKE*) will feature the
group’s full-blown “Dirty Kitchen Experience,” through which attendees
can expect to be fed both musically and physically. These special shows
begin with dinner prepared and served by Gourmand Frank Solivan himself
and end with an intimate performance by Frank and the band. 

2016 Tour Dates include:
January 16 — Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, Shelter Island, N.Y.
February 4-5 — Big Sky Big Grass Festival, Big Sky, Mont.
February 7 — Common Ground on the Hill, Westminster, Md.
March 11 — Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead, Mass.

March 12 — Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 

March 13 — Riverfolk Concerts, Honesdale, Pa. 
19 — The Hamilton, Local CD Release Celebration (with special musical
guests and openers Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley), Washington, D.C.*
March 26 — Anodyne Coffee Roasting, Milwaukee, Wis.
March 31 — The Isis, Asheville, N.C.*
April 1 — The Station Inn, Nashville
April 23 — Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol, Va., Benefits Radio Bristol, DKE* 

May 1 — Black Rock Arts Center, Germantown, Md.

May 20 — Nelson Odeon, Cazenovia, N.Y.
May 21 — Nelson Odeon, Cazenovia, N.Y., DKE*
For more information and tour dates, visit

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