Last night we got the full dose of Frank& DK. I was lucky enough to be on the contact list that announced that Roger and Rosemary Siminoff were graciously opening their house to have a house concert with FS&DK.
Not only did the $20 a head get you in to a wonderful intimate setting with great acoustics, Frank made dinner for everybody! What a deal. He even brought dessert around personally, and did the dishes, what a guy
My thought was I had no idea how this thing going to go, but I wanted to see first hand what all the talk was about, as I'd heard so much about them. Frank is one of the first prodigy's I got to see grow up before my eyes. He was just a youngin' when I started playing mandolin and going to the local bluegrass association jams in Modesto CA in the middle/late 80's. About the time he was a teenager was when I moved further south and lost contact. I'd hear periodic updates of him going to Alaska to school, other little snipits, then the Navy band, Country Current. But I never got to see any of these steps in his evolution.
Armed only with a couple of u2oob vid's I'd seen, we showed up at the Siminoff's. After the great dinner that Frank made of what he called "one pot wonder" of ginger chicken over white rice, we retired to the living room and the boys got down to biz.
I can't give you a blow by blow of the setlist like some can, I can only comment on how inspiring the whole show was. I was transported like I've not been in a while. There were very few covers, almost all of what they did was originals. But even though I'd never heard them before, each well crafted song or tune was immediately accessible. The arrangements were impeccable, and as varied as the material. Some standouts for me were his song Selfish Tears, and another one about a homeless veteran, from his POV. Hot pickin' fer sure, but, in the pocket so to speak. The guys were obviously enjoying themselves and the crowd of 50 were right there in the palms of their hands through the whole loooong set.
A couple of times Frank broke out the fiddle, and that brought back memories. As that's where he really shined when I was around him in Modesto.
Great songs, arranged, and delivered with expertise and passion, what else could you ask for? I'm a believer now as I got the full experience of what these guys can do.
If you like your Bluegrass a little eclectic, with ventures down the tributaries that feed the soul of Bluegrass, do check out Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. I think they just might feed that spot you didn't know was hungry.