2015 found D.C.-based Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen gaining much acclaim, including a repeat International Bluegrass Music Association nomination for Instrumental Group of the Year (they won that one in 2014) and a new nomination for IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for “Yeah Man,” a tune from their latest release, Cold Spell (2014, Compass Records). Throughout the year, the group entertained thousands of fans across the United States and France.
A hit among fans and industry leaders alike, Cold Spell also garnered the band a Grammy nomination (Best Bluegrass Album), eight Washington Area Music Association awards, and top prize in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
Bandleader Frank Solivan will continue the excitement in 2016 with a new project, Family, Friends & Heroes. Planned for an early spring release, the album features Dirty Kitchen members along with many special guests.
Amid these accomplishments, the group is adjusting to change as bassist and vocalist Danny Booth announced he is stepping away from the band. Recently married, he and his wife Amanda will explore new directions as they begin their life together. Expressing love for band members and appreciation for experiences shared during his four years with the band, Booth extends “huge thanks to Frank and the Dirty Kitchen crew” and wishes the band “the best of success in 2016 and beyond.”
“I’m sad to see my friend Danny leave the band,” Solivan says. “I’m going to miss making music with him. Musically, he leaves big shoes to fill, but our sound is always open for change and manipulation. I’ve asked my capable friend Jeremy Middleton to fill in until we are ready to decide on a permanent member.”
A former bandmate with Solivan in the U.S. Navy Band Country Current, Middleton grew up in a family of professional musicians and vocalists. He has played numerous U.S. festivals, the Grand Ole Opry, Sirius XM’s “Bluegrass Junction” and with artists Rickie Simpkins, Becky Warren and The Great Unknowns, The Tim McDonald Band featuring Johnny Hiland and others. Looking forward to the challenge, Middleton says, “I’m overjoyed to have some time to make incredible music with three of the best pickers in the world!”
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