Fulfilling listeners with messages of hope and resiliency, two-time Grammy nominees for Best Bluegrass Album Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen return with their new single, “Hold On,” which is the title track of their upcoming record, set to drop September 2nd.
The twangy down-home troupe is made up of triple threat songwriter, mandolinist, and vocalist Frank Solivan, along with Jeremy Middleton (bass), Mike Munford (banjo), and Chris Luquette (guitar). Together, they have been a force in the bluegrass and Americana world, having amassed many accolades along the way, including the IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year in 2014 and 2016.
Not only are they known for their original music, the group is also known for their covers of songs like “Lost” by Buzz Busby and “Sails” by Orleans. The instrumentals in these covers showcase their sonic strengths, which are on full display in “Hold On” and their anticipated record.
“Hold On” features Solivan’s lilting vocals and the band’s country finger-picking styles. With lyrics like “We can lean on each other / And praise the road ahead / We can fill each other all the way up,” he demonstrates his positive and uplifting lyricism over magnetic melodies, forming an emotional narrative about relying on loved ones during times of need.
This single reflects Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s encouraging intentions behind their new 11-track album. After experiencing personal struggles on top of the pandemic, Solivan wrote a lot of this record to resonate with fans who have endured hard times and inspire them to “hold on” through the power of music if nothing else.
“I was going through the hardest time of my life leading up to the pandemic. And then the world stopped! Exploring some of the subject matter and song ideas that came out of those difficult times led me to these songs. Songs that helped bring me out of a seemingly hopeless situation. Finding light where there was darkness and trying to relay some of my journey of figuring out how to ‘hold on’. My hope is that the listener will be able to relate and will have these songs to help them get through difficult times,” Solivan said of the record and its overarching themes of optimism.
More than a performer, Solivan doesn’t like to put all his eggs in one basket. He is also deemed a master cook, outdoorsman, leather craftsman, and entrepreneur. He manufactures his own line of spice mix and hot sauce, and handcrafts high-end leather straps and belts, some of which are used by the likes of fellow elite artists Billy Strings and Trey Hensley.
Solivan and the band will be touring throughout the nation to perform Hold On live from September until their last show in Brandy Station, Virginia, on December 9th.