First/Last-Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

May 15, 2014

“Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen play a wide variety of New Acoustic American Roots Music focusing on bluegrass and acoustic country, yet blues, folk, swing, and jazz also shine through as influences. Powerful vocal harmonies, expressive songwriting, smooth ballads, and instrumental prowess lend this versatile group of musicians to any type of venue. Each member is an inventive powerhouse.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, ReverbNation and Twitter. The ‘rootsgrass’ band is touring behind their latest album “On the Edge” and hit Pittsburgh Friday night at the Thunderbird Cafe with support from locals The Turpentiners. I want to thank Frank himself for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • I don’t remember the first album. I do recall wearing out some Elvis 8 tracks and a Bill Monroe cassette when I was a kid.
  • Your last album bought?
  • I just purchased some live Little Milton, The Infamous Stringdusters’ new record and some Dale Watson a couple of days ago.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • No faves. There’s just too much good music out there and differences in them to have a favorite.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • You won’t catch me saying bad things about anyone in particular, but I will say that there are some sterile sounds coming from some bluegrassers and some serious lack of music in today’s country radio. I want to listen to things that evoke emotion and I try to play music in a way that does that.
  • First concert attended?
  • Strawberry Music Festival… I think. Lineup included: New Grass Revival, David Grisman and others in that same vein.
  • Last concert?
  • I Draw Slow… a great band from Ireland.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • The most influential concert was seeing Newgrass Revival in 1986 at the Strawberry Music Festival in California. I was nine years old and those guys made me realize the potential of acoustic music.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • You won’t hear me speaking negatively about anyone’s music. It’s too personal and everyone has their own voice. What sounds bad to me may be really inspiring for another.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • I’m always stoked to play a city that I’ve never played before. We love meeting new people and finding great places to eat local food. Speaking of which, I’m excited to have another Primanti Brother’s sandwich in the strip district! Had one down there a couple of years ago on our way through town and since then, I have craved another.

Thanks, Frank. I do realize the outta town love for Primanti’s but living here, I gotta be real drunk to enjoy that sandwich.

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