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January 12, 2011
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen Honored with Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International in Memphis, TN
FS&DK Emerges as Band to Be Reckoned With in 2010 and Lands on Multiple "Best of 2010" Lists

Band Nominated for 5 Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES)


“Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have certainly ranked among the “buzz” bluegrass bands of 2010. Fittingly, their eponymous CD presents a razor sharp, confident quartet influenced by a broad range of the last four decades of bluegrass music development.” Bluegrass Unlimited (Dec 2010)

“I would say remember the name--Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen...Talk about a band coming out of nowhere and bound for greater glory, this is it." ***

NASHVILLE, TN - Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen emerged as a band to be reckoned with in 2010, receiving rave reviews for their self-titled, debut album and landing on multiple "Best of 2010 Lists" as a result. The band kicks off 2011 with the honor of being chosen for an official showcase at the 2011 Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis, TN, Feb. 16-20, 2011. They will perform several showcases on Wednesday and Thursday of that week, six in total.

Hot off the press is the news that the band landed nominations for 5 Washington D.C. Area Music Awards (WAMMIES) in four categories including: Bluegrass Vocalist (Frank Solivan),Bluegrass Duo/Group (FS&DK), Bluegrass Recording (FS&DK) with both Frank Solivan and Mike Munford earning a spot on the ballot as Bluegrass Instrumentalist. Voting takes place here until Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10 p.m.

The album was highly touted by 2009 IBMA Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year Katy Daley when she said, "Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen could easily be described as a group of super pickers. But that would only be half the story because the vocals easily match the instrumental work. The result is a powerful collection of hard-driving, contemporary acoustic music." The project garnered them much attention and earned them spots in the Top 30 of theBluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey, holding #1 for two weeks on the Roots Music Report Chart and continuing to hold steady chart positions in the Top 20. The praises kept coming. Vintage Guitar Magazine said, "Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen combine the energy of a hardcore traditional band with a more modern and contemporary folk-influenced sound." Mainstream media outlets agreed and named the album to their "Top Ten Indie Albums to Listen To" list. The band was also featured on Sirius/XM's Bluegrass Junction with Kyle Cantrell, who called the album, "flat out awesome!"

Other chart movement worth noting was their #15 slot on WNCW's Top 50 Bluegrass CD's of 2010, KDHX Radio's Bluegrass Breakdown Top 10 of 2010, KBCS (Bellevue, WA) Programmers Best of 2010, #11 on Music Director/WNCW Morning Host Martin Anderson's Best of 2010 List. Solivan was also featured on "Kids Place Live Presents a Christmas Sing-A-Long" along with Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Robbie Schaefer, Chrystylez Bacon, and others on SIRIUS/XM Kids Place Live Channel 116 during the holidays.

A favorite band nationwide for live audiences, FS&DK toured extensively in 2010, putting them in front of tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans. Notable performances included Four Corners Folk Festival, Rockygrass, ROMP, The Fathers Day Bluegrass Festival as CBAs Emerging Artist, Lake Havasu Bluegrass on the Beach, The DC Bluegrass Festival and more.

This new year is already shaping to be the band's most successful yet as they embark on several regional tours with appearances at multiple festivals including Massachusetts' Joe Val Festival, Oak Hill, NY's famous Grey Fox Festival, the Anchorage Folk Festival 2012 and WAMU Radio's Bluegrass Country 10th Anniversary celebration and more. They will appear on the popular live radio broadcast, Music City Roots, Live From The Loveless Cafe, in Nashville, TN in April with more opportunities being added daily.

The Herald-Dispatch in West Virginia wrapped the year up best when they said, "This is a great period in time for bluegrass music with a wide array of top-notch bands making good music from coast to coast. One example of this is Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen out of Virginia who have produced a wonderful debut album of contemporary bluegrass music. With a bright sound and strong instrumentation, many influences are brought together here with a cohesive groove flowing throughout."

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