Frank Solivan to Cumberland Music Collective

Noted bluegrass vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Frank Solivan, and his stout touring band, Dirty Kitchen, have signed an exclusive representation agreement with Nashville’s Cumberland Music Collective.

Solivan first came to national prominence in bluegrass as a member of the US Navy’s Country Current, and has established himself as an artist and bandleader after leaving that position in 2009. Since that time, Dirty Kitchen has twice been named the Instrumental Group of the Year by the IBMA, while also collecting a pair of Grammy Nominations. With Dirty Kitchen he plays mandolin and fiddle, supported by Mike Munford on banjo, Chris Luquette on guitar, and Jeremy Middleton on bass. They are known for pushing against the boundaries of traditional bluegrass in an energetic and highly entertaining stage show.

Cumberland Music Collective is a specialty agency formed by veteran booking representative Lee Olsen, who learned the trade alongside bluegrass industry legend, Keith Case. Olsen served as Vice President at Keith Case & Associates for many years until Keith passed away in 2019. At that time, Lee launched his own agency which now handles touring arrangements for a number of top bluegrass acts, including Blue Highway, Seldom Scene, Hogslop String Band, and The Slocan Ramblers, as well as a number of country, Gospel, and Americana acts.

For Frank, this is the right move at the right time.

“I’m beyond excited to have such a respected agent as Lee Olsen representing my band.

Lee has been a pillar in representing bluegrass artists for over three decades. From Vice President of Keith Case and Associates to his own agency Cumberland Music Collective, he has enhanced the touring careers of some of the finest entertainers in the world. I feel lucky to have Lee and his team on my side.”

A new project from Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Hold On, is expected in 2022. Their two previous releases received Grammy nominations for Best Bluegrass Album, so anticipation is high.

For more information on Solivan and the band, visit Cumberland Music Collective online.

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