Frank Solivan II
With their last album earning Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen a 2015 GRAMMY Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album, the eagerly anticipated Family, Friends & Heroes released March 4th to great critical acclaim. This genre stretching album provides a generous glimpse into Solivan’s work that pays homage to his family members and features the pristine playing of his closest musical heroes, including Del McCoury, Rob Ickes, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, John Cowan, Mike Bub, Shawn Camp and Megan McCormick.
Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they’ve been named Washington Area Music Association’s Best Bluegrass Band of the Year for four consecutive years.
Nate Lee is an International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning instrumentalist and renowned teacher of private lessons and music camps. His musical journey started at the age of eight when he got his first fiddle and that path led him through countless lessons and music camps and eventually to an intense study of bluegrass music at the college level and a degree in Commercial Music. While attending the Bluegrass & Country Music Program at South Plains College, Nate joined the Alan Munde Gazette. He toured with the band for six years and played fiddle on their second release “Made To Last”. After moving to Nashville in 2012, Nate toured with Irene Kelley, Town Mountain, and the Jim Hurst Trio.
In 2017, Nate joined the Becky Buller Band as their mandolin player and twin fiddler. Although Nate is in demand on stage and in the studio, his first love and finest skill is teaching. With more than thirteen years’ experience as a teacher and workshop instructor, Nate has gained a loyal following of students who enjoy his comprehensive teaching methods and relaxed, encouraging demeanor. Nate doesn’t just teach you a song; he teaches you how to play melody, chords, improvise, and groove on that song. With an affinity for turning beginners into jammers, and jammers into professionals, Nate has developed a curriculum that teaches you to play well with others and become the player you’ve always wanted to be!
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Ashby Frank grew up in central North Carolina in the small town of Tyro. By the age of 16 he had already won multiple mandolin contests in the region, including the prestigious championships at Merlefest and Galax. Now making his home in Nashville, Ashby has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe with artists such as Jerry Douglas, Ilse DeLange, Special Consensus, Ronnie Bowman, Dale Ann Bradley, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, The Crowe Brothers, The Lonesome River Band, The Earls of Leicester, and a band he co-founded, Mashville Brigade. When he’s off the road, Ashby is a sought after session musician, performance coach, and instructor. He teaches private lessons in Nashville and online, and has been a featured instructor at major camps and workshops in the US, Canada, and Europe. Several of his students have gone on to win State and National Championships. As a songwriter, Ashby has penned several #1 charting singles, and his song “The Story of the Day That I Died” (recorded by Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice) was nominated for “Song of the Year” at the International Bluegrass Music Awards.