Music feeds the soul!
Solivan grew up near Modesto, California. His grandmother on his father’s side played mandolin and fiddle, and his father plays the banjo, guitar, bass, and mandolin. His mother’s side of the family included classical violin and cello players. He fell in love with bluegrass music at an early age. Solivan formed his first band, Generation Gap in the late 1980s. They once opened for Ralph Stanley at a California show.
In 1995, at age 18, Solivan moved to Alaska where he sat first chair violin in the University of Alaska’s Symphony Orchestra. and played mandolin in his friend Ginger Boatwright's band. While in Alaska, he met his future wife, Leah Sturgis.
In 2002, Solivan recorded his first solo album I Am a Rambler when he temporarily moved to Nashville from Alaska to pursue musical goals. He was assisted by friends such as David Grier, Rob Ickes, and Shad Cobb. After a year, Solivan returned to Alaska to marry Sturgis.
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