It looks like married life agrees with Danny Booth, who has been touring on bass this past four years with Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. He was wed back in August to Amanda Kerr, a fiddler and music teacher in northern Virginia whom he has known since he lived in Alaska.
Now Danny has announced that he will be departing the band and opting for a stay-closer-to-home life style. But where home is likely to be seems to be the biggest question.
He shared this statement today with fans and friends…
“After some tough decisions about where and how we want to live, we have left the DC area on an extended honeymoon and are exploring some options. We both have family 4000 miles away that we miss all the time… so the westerly magnetic pull is very strong. I am planning to continue my passion of bass restoration and repair along with other hands-on pursuits, musical and otherwise. While I have no plans to join another band, I will certainly continue to play music with Amanda and my family, among others.
Huge thanks to Frank and the Dirty Kitchen crew for four awesome years! Wishing the best of success to the band in 2016 and beyond.”
Frank acknowledged the departure with grace, and announced that an old friend from Solivan’s days with U.S. Navy Band Country Current would be stepping in for a time.
“I’m sad to see my friend Danny leave the band. I’m going to miss making music with him. Musically, he leaves big shoes to fill, but our sound is always open for change and manipulation. I’ve asked my capable friend Jeremy Middleton to fill in until we are ready to decide on a permanent member.”
It looks like 2016 will include a new look for Dirty Kitchen.