Singer and writer Robert Krestan (1991-present) has been recognized with numerous honors in his home country in both bluegrass and country music. He has been "Male Vocalist of the Year" at the Banjo Jamboree Festival numerous times and has been awarded "Country Artist of the Year" by the Czech Music Academy on several occasions.
He is a contributing writer for two Czech music publications, Folk & Country and Melodie, and has published a book of poetry and short stories, Napsal Jsem JmÃ©no Svy Na Zdi (I Wrote My Name on the Wall). He has also translated a number of American novels into Czech, among them, William Eastlakes´s "The Bamboo Bed" (in Czech: Umirali jsme v bambusu) and Jim Harrison´s "Legends of the Fall" (in Czech: Legendy o vasni). Robert is co-founder of Druha Trava, along with Lubos Malina. Most recently, he was awarded "Best Male Vocalist" by the Bluegrass Association of the Czech Republic for both 2005 and 2006.
Listen to Robert Krestan [and the music of Druha Trava] during a guest appearance on an Olomouc, Czech Republic radio show.more
Druha Trava is a wonderfully individual band from the Czech Republic that is hard to describe.
They perform new acoustic world music with bluegrass influences. You might hear them perform a bluegrass tune, Bob Dylan tune or one by another American or British artist, or one of their many originals.
Though they basically use a typical bluegrass complement of instruments, you might see the banjo player also pick up a clarinet or Irish whistle. This along with the versatility of the dobro player helps create much of their unique sound. The Bluegrass Association of the Czech Republic declared Druha Trava "Group of the Year" in both 2005 and 2006.