Frank Solivan's 'Family, Friends & Heroes' Available Today

Article Contributed by McGuckin Enter… | Published on Friday, March 4, 2016

On the heels of an acclaim-filled year with bluegrass band Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, the group’s bandleader and mandolinist, Frank Solivan, releases his highly anticipated solo release, Family, Friends & Heroes

Available today on Compass Records, Family, Friends & Heroes is a labor of love and a stellar piece of work. A nod to the musical heroes inside and outside of Solivan’s family, the project features Dirty Kitchen members, some of Solivan’s own kinfolk, and several special musical guests.

Vocal highlights include Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman,” featuring Del McCoury, John Cowan’s mighty tenor against Solivan’s lead on the John Denver classic, “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” and the moving alto of Lorene Solivan (Frank’s late mother) on “Wayfaring Stranger,” in what turned out to be her last recording.

Instrumentally, too, the album shines. Solivan’s take on “Dark Hollow,” featuring Sam Bush, was dubbed by Glide Magazine one of the album’s “standout collaborations, a beautifully unfiltered and natural rendition that captures two massively talented musicians in their natural habitat, jamming simply for the joy of it.”

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the new album:

Accompanied by his band Dirty Kitchen, Frank Solivan will be on tour in support of Family, Friends & Heroes throughout 2016. Dirty Kitchen features 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Mike Munford, guitarist Chris Luquette, and bassist Jeremy Middleton. 

Select shows (*) will also feature favorite dishes from Solivan’s forthcoming cookbook.

2016 Tour Dates include:

March 7 — Woodsongs Old-time Radio Hour, Lexington, Ky.

March 11 — Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead, Mass. 

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

March 13 — Riverfolk Concerts, Honesdale, Pa. 

March 19 — The Hamilton, Local CD Release Celebration, Washington, D.C. * 

March 24 — Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland, Ohio

March 25 — City Winery, Chicago *

March 26 — Anodyne Coffee Roasting, Milwaukee, Wis.

March 31 — The Isis, Asheville, N.C. *

April 1 — The Station Inn, Nashville

April 2 — Taste of Underground, McMinnville, Tenn.

April 2 — Bluegrass Underground, McMinnville, Tenn. 

April 7 — Stargazers Theater, Colorado Springs, Colo. 

April 8 — Planet Bluegrass, Lyons, Colo.

April 9 — Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill, Denver

April 23 — Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol, Tenn.

April 30 — Tin Angel, Philadelphia

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

May 20  — Nelson Odeon, Cazenovia, N.Y.

May 21 — Nelson Odeon, Cazenovia, N.Y. *

May 27 & 28 — DelFest, Cumberland, Md.

June 10 — Mississippi Studios, Portland, Ore.

June 11 — The Capitol, Bend, Ore.

June 17, 18 — Father’s Day Festival, Grass Valley, Calif.

June 26 - July 1 — Common Ground On the Hill, Westminster, Md. 

July 29-31 — Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music Festival, Alberta, Canada

August 27 — Stecoah Valley Center, Robbinsville, N.C.

August 31 – September 5 — Pickin’ On the Middle Fork, Lewiston, Idaho