Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen release CD

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010

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 country/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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