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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen on the Road to ROMP Stage June 25

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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Photo by Joe ShymanskiRepeatedly tagged as one of the most exciting bands on the bluegrass scene, and winner of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association's Instrumental Group of the Year Award, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have earned a slew of accolades since joining forces in the Washington, D.C. area, a longtime breeding ground for some of the genre's finest players. The 12th annual ROMP Festival, the bluegrass and Americana music festival known for its stellar line-ups, friendly camping atmosphere, and easy access to artists, takes place June 24-27, 2015 in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Lead vocalist/mandolinist/fiddler Solivan and bassist Dan Booth have known one another since they were teens in Alaska. They're joined by banjoist Mike Munford, winner of IBMA's 2013 Banjo Player of The Year Award, and guitarist Chris Luquette, who won IBMA's 2013 Instrumentalist of The Year Momentum Award. Noted for individual virtuosity, well-executed interplay and close harmonies, they expertly deliver precise, intricate compositions without ever stepping on one another's musical toes. And though they use traditional instruments, they refuse to be bound by tradition; they much prefer to travel wherever the music takes them. Which, by the way, is practically everywhere.

Hot off the press! Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen was honored January 25 at the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Gala by taking the Overall Grand Prize for best song, “Cold Spell,” the title track on their latest CD, also nominated for a Grammy. Repeatedly tagged as one of the most exciting bands on the bluegrass scene, and winner of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental Group of the Year Award, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have earned a slew of accolades since joining forces in the Washington, D.C. area, a longtime breeding ground for some of the genre’s finest players.

Lead vocalist/mandolinist/fiddler Solivan and bassist Dan Booth have known one another since they were teens in Alaska. They’re joined by banjoist Mike Munford, winner of IBMA’s 2013 Banjo Player of The Year Award, and guitarist Chris Luquette, who won IBMA’s 2013 Instrumentalist of The Year Momentum Award. Noted for individual virtuosity, well-executed interplay and close harmonies, they expertly deliver precise, intricate compositions without ever stepping on one another’s musical toes. And though they use traditional instruments, they refuse to be bound by tradition; they much prefer to travel wherever the music takes them. Which, by the way, is practically everywhere.

Fisherman, songwriter, and gourmet chef (who evidently lets the dishes pile up while cooking), Frank Solivan has put together a band for the ages with this group. In their hands, the instruments of bluegrass take on a life of their own. You hear power, volume, and soaring vocals that rise mountain high. You hear crispness, clarity, timing and taste. You experience their passion through their poetry. You sense what it was like to grow up in Alaska. And then you feel the love.

Full line-up: John Prine, Punch Brothers, Del McCoury and David Grisman as “Del & Dawg,” Sam Bush Band, Leftover Salmon, Hot Rize, Balsam Range, The Lone Bellow, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Haas Kowert & Tice, Billy Strings & Don Julin, The Brotet, Phoebe Hunt, Caribou Mountain Collective, The Giving Tree Band, Sierra Hull, Lonely Heartstring Band, The Brothers Comatose, Vickie Vaughn Band, Dismembered Tennesseans, 10 String Symphony, Dunderhead, Luke Bulla Trio, Christopher Gold, KY BlueGrass AllStars.

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