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 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. 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
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