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Album Review

Frank Solivan pivots off his 2015 Grammy nomination by recording Family Friends & Heroes, an album that delivers what it promises: a record bursting with guest appearances from colleagues and fellow travelers. Among the heroes are such stalwarts as Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Ronnie McCoury, and Del McCoury, but Lorene Solivan shows up too, as do several friends. For as much star power as there is, the record never feels overstuffed. In fact, it's often gentle, reaching an apex in the breezy "You Don't Write," but also tapping into a similar sweet spirit on covers of roots classics ("I Still Miss Someone," "Wayfaring Stranger"), pop tunes ("Pretty Woman," "Leaving on a Jet Plane"), and originals.

Biography

Genre: Bluegrass

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Straddling the line between traditional and progressive bluegrass, Frank Solivan emerged as one of the genre's leading lights in the 21st century. Skilled in mandolin, guitar, and violin, he debuted as Frank Solivan II in 2002, the year he released I Am a Rambler. One other solo album -- 2006's Selfish Tears -- followed before he formed Dirty Kitchen with banjoist Mike Munford, guitarist Chris Luquette, and bassist Jeremy Middleton, the band that supported him on 2010's Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen...
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