Solivan, Frank (and Dirty Kitchen)


  • From Modesto, California. Lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Began playing fiddle and banjo as a youngster. In high school studied the cello and was second chair in the California All-State Honor Orchestra.
  • 1995, moved to Alaska. Taught fiddle, mandolin and guitar. Played first chair violin in the University of Alaska Symphony Orchestra. Helped the Alaskan group Bearfoot Bluegrass get their start.
  • He is also a gourmet chef, hunter, fisherman and leathersmith.
  • 1996, toured with the Doug Dillard Band.
  • 2002, released first solo project I am a Rambler (no label).
  • 2003-2008, played mandolin and fiddle with the U.S. Navy Band Country Current.
  • 2009, formed his band Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen with Mike Munford (banjo), Chris Luquette (guitar) and Danny Booth (bass).
  • 2010, released Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen album (no label).
  • 2013, released Cold Spell album (Compass).
  • 2013, band member Munford was awarded IBMA Award for Banjo Player of the Year.
  • 2013, band member Luquette was awarded IBMA Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the Year.
  • 2014, 2016, won the IBMA Award for Instrumental Group of the Year.
  • 2014, released On the Edge album (Compass).
  • 2015, did some dates with the Earls of Leicester, playing mandolin and singing tenor.
  • 2015, won 8 WAMMY awards (Washington Area Music Association) including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Musician of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. He won 8 of the 9 awards that he was nominated for.
  • 2018, released If You Can’t Stand the Heat album (Compass).
  • 2023, Luguette (guitar) left Dirty Kitchen to pursue other opportunities.