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Druha Trava

DRUHA TRAVA
Famed on both sides of the Atlantic for its "Czechgrass" fusion of acoustic, bluegrass, folk and rock, Druha Trava is the foremost band to emerge from the flourishing Czech bluegrass scene. Its virtuoso musicians can satisfy the most hardcore fans with scorching versions of traditional bluegrass standards. But as the band's name "Second Grass" implies, DT reaches far beyond the classic bluegrass genre for inspiration. The band uses American roots music as a starting point for a synthesis of jazz, pop, folk and even classical motifs, transforming an iconic American idiom into a richly textured, highly personal statement.
DT was formed in 1991 by the influential singer-songwriter Robert Krestan, multi-instrumentalist Lubos Malina and other veterans of the acoustic music scene that had long thrived in Czechoslovakia. Krestan's original songs -- renowned for their enigmatic, at times provocative, lyrics -- make up most of the band's repertoire, and they and Krestan's raw, gritty vocals set the band apart.
But DT also performs bluegrass standards and covers -- in English and Czech -- of material by songwriters ranging from Mick Jagger to American acoustic veteran Peter Rowan (with whom the group collaborated on a CD, New Freedom Bell, in 1999). The group's 2007 album, Dylanovky, featured Krestan's Czech versions of Bob Dylan songs.
Druha Trava and is members have produced more than a score of CDs and have won numerous Czech music awards. The band enjoys a wide following in the Czech Republic as well as a loyal fan base in North America, where DT tours for at least one month each year.

Robert Krestan: Singer, songwriter, mandolin
Lubos Malina: Banjo, whistles
Lubos Novoty: Dobro, pedal steel guitar
Emil Formanek: Acoustic and electric guitar
Tomas Liska: Bass

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