FRANK SOLIVAN & DIRTY KITCHEN, “Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen,” Fiddlemon Music. 12 tracks.
Frank Solivan’s background is far from the norm for bluegrass musicians.
A California native who migrated to Alaska in the mid-1990s, he played first-chair violin for the University of Alaska Symphony when he wasn’t touring with Doug Dillard and Ginger Boatwright.
From there, he became a vocalist and played mandolin, fiddle and guitar with Country Current, the U.S. Navy’s county/bluegrass band. He’s a hunter, fisherman, gourmet chef, poet. But most of all, Solivan is the mandolin player and leader of a hot bluegrass band that’s starting to garner a lot of attention.
He wrote or co-wrote half the songs on the band’s self-titled album. Banjo player Mike Munford added “Line Drive,” a galloping instrumental to the mix.
Older material on the album includes John C. Stewart’s “July You’re A Woman” and the Stanley Brothers’ a capella gospel “Paul and Silas.”
“Drifting Apart” is a hard-driving song about a relationship that’s on the rocks. “Together We’ll Fly” is about facing the future with someone you love. “Tarred and Feathered” says it’s hard to keep a good man down, no matter what life throws at him.
“Left Out In The Cold” is about a homeless war hero. “The Note That Said Goodbye” is about a woman who left her husband notes every day when they were in love and then she wrote a final note.
Band members include Stefan Custodi on bass and Lincoln Meyers on guitar. Guests include John Cowan, Rob Ickes, Moondi Kline and Megan McCormick.
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