Robert Křesťan a Druhá tráva
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. Today’s line-up also includes guitarist Emil Formanek and bassist Tomas Liska.
DT’s distinctive sound is based on exceptional musicianship combined with Krestan’s gritty vocals and
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.
They first performed in the U.S. in 1993 and continue to tour extensively annually.
The band has recorded more than a dozen albums, including collaborative CDs with American stars
Peter Rowan and Charlie McCoy.
Robert Křesťan – vocal, mandolin, guitar
Luboš Malina – banjo, whistles, tenor sax, backing vocals
Luboš Novotný – dobro, lap steel, backing vocals
Emil Formánek – guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
Tomáš Liška – acoustic bass, bass guitar
Kamil Slezák – drums and percussions