Eagerly Awaited Music for 2014


Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenFrank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

This band just keeps getting better. The unit’s debut release for Compass Records, On The Edge, is still getting plenty of airplay, and a pair of IBMA awards (banjo player of the year for Mike Munford and a Momentum Award for guitarist Chris Luquette) have helped raise its profile nationally.

The band is at the Compass studios in Nashville this week, finishing up a two-week stay laying down tracks for the new one. I’ve heard live versions of a couple of originals they plan to include. That was all the evidence I needed to put them on this list.


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David Morris

David Morris, an award-winning songwriter and journalist, has written for Bluegrass Today since its inception. He joined its predecessor, The Bluegrass Blog, in 2010. His 40-year career in journalism included more than 13 years with The Associated Press, a stint as chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, and several top editing jobs in Washington, D.C. He is a life member of IBMA and the DC Bluegrass Union. He and co-writers won the bluegrass category in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in 2015.

  • Love it, David! I am equally excited for all of these, ESPECIALLY The Seldom Scene album! It has been too dang long since their last album.

    I am also looking forward to the new Larry Sparks album on Rebel Records, celebrating his 50 years in bluegrass music! The album should include a handful of special guests. Hopefully, this will remind IBMA voters that he is due to be inducted in the IBMA Hall of Honor.

    I loved Flatt Lonesome’s debut album, and can’t wait to hear more. They are heading back in the studio soon to begin work on their sophomore album.

    An overlooked album from 2013 was ‘Today Don’t Look Like Rain’ from The Trinity River Band. Actually from the same town as Flatt Lonesome, The Trinity River Band’s upcoming album should help gain them some more national recognition. It will feature new songs from Larry Cordle, Mark “Brink” Brinkman, and more.

    The new American Drive album should be promising. Featuring new members Shayne Bartley and Adam McIntosh, I’m anxious to hear more from the new lineup.

    I believe Del’s Woody Guthrie’s tribute album is due this year. I’m sure it will be great, but I’m very curious to hear it.

    Of course, I’m stoked for the new record from Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. This album will be the first to feature Randy Barnes and Duane Sparks, and promises to be their best to date. They’ve been working in the studio in between dates, and hope to have it out by early summer.

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    Thanks for the shout-out about Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. I’ve been lucky to hear some cuts from it and it is going to be AMAZING!! The band is very tight, very focused, all on the same musical wavelength and it is definitely showing!

    I’m also looking forward to the Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers CD. The “Hall Of Fame Bluegrass!” CD from Joe and Junior Sisk has been my “go-to” CD since it came out and I just know this new music from JMRR is going to be stellar as well.

    Nickel Creek–CAN NOT WAIT!!!