Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen "Hold On"
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
– Progressive bluegrassers Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen will put out "Hold On" on Sept. 2 via Compass Records.
Solivan wrote or co-wrote 6 of the 11 tracks.
"I was going through the hardest time of my life leading up to the pandemic," Solivan said. "And then the world stopped. Exploring some of the subject matter and song ideas that came out of those difficult times led me to these songs. Songs that helped bring me out of a seemingly hopeless situation. Finding light where there was darkness and trying to relay some of my journey of figuring out how to 'hold on.' My hope is that the listener will be able to relate and will have these songs to help them get through difficult times."
Dirty Kitchen includes banjo man Mike Munford, guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton. The group covers Newgrass Revival's, "Sail to Australia" (featuring NGR's bassist John Cowan on harmony vocals), Buzz Busby's "Lost" and Orleans' "Sail."
The upbeat tracks "I'm Already Gone" and "Hold On," which open the album, were written by Solivan in about 15 minutes right before the recording session.
The track list is:
"I'm Already Gone"
"Find My Way"
"Scorchin' The Gravy"
"Queen Of The Mountain"
"Virginia Is For Lovers"
"Sail To Australia"
CD reviews for Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
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