Exclusive Album Stream: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen — On the Edge

Juli Thanki | April 30th, 2013

Capital PictureAs anyone who’s attended the dinner-and-concert “Dirty Kitchen Experience” knows, Frank Solivan is just as proficient with a frying pan as he is with mandolin or fiddle. But since Taste-o-Vision hasn’t been invented yet and USPS regulations prevent us from mailing you an envelope stuffed with ginger chicken, today you’ll have to settle for feasting on Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s new record (out today on Compass) instead.

On the Edge is the DC bluegrass band’s second album, but its first with guitarist Chris Luquette and bass player Danny Booth. Solivan’s soaring tenor leads the band through crisp originals and a driving cover of The Box Tops’ chart-topping 1967 hit, “The Letter,” while Mike Munford’s speedy, intricate banjo picking on the fiery instrumental “M80″ is some of the best you’ll hear on any record released this year. Guests Tim O’Brien, Rob Ickes, and Megan McCormick (who’s also Solivan’s cousin) round out a fine sophomore release from one of the most exciting bands in bluegrass today.

  1. Marilynn Hill
    May 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    AmaZing!!!! :-)

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