Chris Luquette may not be a household name with bluegrass fans, but anybody who has seen the 27-year-old Seattle native pick a guitar will tell you that thought should include the word “yet.”
The 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award winner tore it up at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival this weekend. A member of Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen since 2012, his blistering solos and adept interplay with Solivan on mandolin and banjoman Mike Munford helped make FSDK’s sets the highlight of a weekend full of outstanding music.
Luquette is headed to Cumberland, Maryland Monday to serve as an instructor at the DelFest Academy. Unfortunately for DelFest attendees, he will leave Cumberland Wednesday to head to the airport in D.C. to join Solivan, Munford, and FSDK bassman Jeremy Middleton to fly to Alaska, where they will join Yonder Mountain String Band, Asleep at the Wheel, and others for the Great Alaska Music Festival.
Folks in the Middle Atlantic region need not Fret, Luquette has a number of gigs in the area lined up in June, including several dates with Gina Clowes. FSDK will be at the Smoked Country Jam Festival near Wellsboro, Pa., on June 16 and Luquette and Munford will appear June 21 at B Chord Brewing, in Round Hill, Va., for what should be a very fun night as part of B Chord’s “Dynamic Duos” series.
Luquette sat down with The Brewgrass Chronicle between sets Saturday in Gettysburg to talk about his career, his hectic schedule, and the bluegrass scene in his adopted home of New York City.
Here is a sample of Luquette’s solo work from a recent house concert in Virginia.
And here is FSDK’s smokin’ hot Saturday night set from Gettysburg