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Press Release - 2011 TOUR

The legendary Czech band Druha Trava is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with two new CDs it will introduce to U.S. fans when it returns to America in mid-October for a month-long tour.


Acoustic Folk Rock from the Czech Republic

Who: The legendary Czech band Druha Trava
What: Two New CDs, the Band´s 20th Anniversary, and a Month-Long U.S. Tour this Fall
When: mid October to mid November 2011

The legendary Czech band Druha Trava is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with two new CDs it will introduce to U.S. fans when it returns to America in mid-October for a month-long tour.

Famed on both sides of the Atlantic for its "Czechgrass" fusion of acoustic, bluegrass, folk and rock, Druha Trava will begin and end the tour in Minnesota, with other confirmed dates so far in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Texas, and California. More venues are expected.

Both of the new CDs were recorded in Nashville and produced there by Nashville producer Steve Walsh. "It was a fantastic experience to record in Nashville, and working with Steve really inspired us," said DT´s banjoist Lubos Malina.
One of the CDs, "Marzipan from Toledo," is the first album in 10 years of new Czech songs by DT´s singer/songwriter/frontman Robert Krestan. "Robert´s new songs are just great -- they are a little dark, and deal with issues of life and death, but the whole album ends with hope," Malina said.

The second CD, specifically aimed at the U.S. market, is the first-ever collection of English-language versions of Krestan´s songs from earlier CDs that will be familiar to fans in their original Czech.

"We´ve been wanting to do this for years, so that our U.S. fans can get a better appreciation of Robert´s songs," Malina said. "And it´s finally happened."


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. 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.

English translations of 10 of Robert Krestan´s songs are posted on the band´s U.S. web site.  Click here:  Lyrics

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Listen to Robert Krestan [and the music of Druha Trava] during a guest appearance on an Olomouc, Czech Republic radio show.


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.

Booking U.S.: Bea Flaming - bea@druhatrava.com - phone: 612-929-9368
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