The stage at this past weekend’s Wintergrass festival in Tacoma, WA was the setting for the official announcement that Chris Luquette was the new, full-time guitarist with Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.
Solivan shared the news with us, emailing from the plane during his flight back to the east coast.
We jammed with Chris at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Nashville last September and had a blast. Shortly after that, Lincoln Meyers gave us his notice. We thought that Chris would be a perfect fit to fill in on our Alaska tour we just finished up. He did such a bang up job we had to offer him the job.
He brings so much energy, knows how to play multiple styles and blends vocally! This past weekend we announced that he was officially in the band from stage at Wintergrass. His hometown crowd went nuts!
There was major consideration of Chris’ non-musical skills too. Being part of the team is huge for us. One can’t JUST play music and make it in this business these days. He has been in charge of road management, booking, finances, taxes and knows all the jobs that helped keep his own band, Northern Departure, working. This young man has all the musical and business chops to sustain a long, bright future in music.
He’ll be moving east shortly and we’ll be working on getting the new lineup into the studio this summer sometime. Stay tuned!”
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