Friday, November 29, 2013
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen at Bristol Rhythm and seeing that banjo player Mike Munford was awarded the IBMA's Banjo Player of the Year, I decided to revisit On the Edge, released in the Spring 2013 in their Compass Records debut. Not sure why this CD got replaced in the regular cycle, it's one that should remain in close proximity to the player - all year round. Solivan voice is much smoother in this release - displaying more emotion. This could be a result of highly passionate songs such as Gone and On the Edge of Letting Go. And his mandolin is no slouch either. I don't know how anyone can play that instrument and Solivan is at his best. Munford shows off his talents throughout the CD, particularly in his M80 - a fast paced ride - and Bedrock. Youngsters Dan Booth (bass) and Chris Luquette (guitar) round out the Dirty Kitchen gumbo with tight harmonies (see Wild Unknown and No Chance) as well as equilibrium and balance. How else could the band cover The Box Tops classic The Letter and make it better than the original - and on hyperdrive. Pretty awesome stuff. Pair with the closest winery to Solivan's Alexandria home -Paradise Springs Winery. Cheers.