Washington, DC -- Already one of the hottest acts on the bluegrass/Americana scene, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have added more volume to their considerable buzz with two wins at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 24th annual awards ceremony, held Sept. 26 in Raleigh, N.C. Banjo player Mike Munford was named Banjo Player of the Year and guitarist Chris Luquette received the Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the Year, a performance award.
The band’s post-awards glow will still be evident during their tour along the East Coast and into the Midwest, starting Oct. 24 with a stop in Awendaw, S.C., and winding up Nov. 16 in Chicago (dates listed below). For information and tickets, see http://dirtykitchenband.com/schedule
Their IBMA accolades also included nominations for Instrumental Group of the Year, Recorded Event of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year. Speaking of recorded events, their latest album and Compass Records debut, On The Edge, reached the top 10 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums chart and has earned acclaim from several major tastemakers. Engine 145’s editor called it “a musical feast”; Bluegrass Today said, “Don’t be surprised a few years down the road to find Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen among the best in the business, and to look back and see that On The Edge pushed them over the top.”
In addition to Munford and Luquette, the band features Frank Solivan on lead vocals, mandolin and fiddle and Danny Booth on bass. Their shared history goes back to their teens; they met in Alaska when Solivan was 18 and Booth was 14. Luquette also hails from the Pacific Northwest: Seattle. Munford honed his chops in the D.C.-area bluegrass scene that spawned Emmylou Harris, the Seldom Scene and other talents. When they stir their instrumental skills and fine vocals together, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen create one intoxicating, instantly addicting elixir.