ABOUT THE BAND
Druha Trava (which means “Second Grass”) was formed in 1991 by singer-songwriter Robert Krestan, banjo and wind instrumentalist Lubos Malina, dobro player Lubos Novotny and other veterans of the Czech acoustic music scene.
Its distinctive sound is based on exceptional musicianship combined with Krestan’s gritty vocals and original songs.
DT “uses American roots music as a launching pad for its own synthesis of jazz, pop, folk and even classical motifs,” stated an article about the band in The New York Times. “In doing so it transforms a quintessential American idiom into a richly textured, highly personal statement that defies genre classification.”
The winner of multiple Czech music awards, DT has a loyal following at home and in the United States. It first performed in the U.S. in 1993 and since 1994 has toured North America every year except 2008.
The band has recorded more than a dozen albums, including collaborative CDs with American stars Peter Rowan and Charlie McCoy.
The legendary Czech band Druha Trava returns to America in the fall of 2010.
Famed on both sides of the Atlantic for its “Czechgrass” fusion of acoustic, bluegrass, folk and rock, Druha Trava will introduce U.S. fans to a new addition to its line-up — award-winning bass player Tomas Liska, who took over in April from long-time DT bassist Petr Sury.
Liska, 31, is well known in the Czech and European jazz scene and also performs with other top artists such as Lenka Dusilova and David Doruska.
“We are excited to introduce Tomas to our American fans,” said DT banjo player Lubos Malina. “He is a phenomenal musician and also brings a youthful style to the stage.”