The Czech rock-pop band Jelen has released a new album paying tribute to the Czech country music legend Michal Tučný. The LP, called Půlnoční vlak Michala Tučného, contains eleven cover versions of the singer’s biggest hits. Tučný’s daughter Michaela appears as a guest singer on several of the songs.
Czech pop and country music legend Naďa Urbánková is celebrating her 80th birthday with a compilation of her most famous songs spanning decades. Some listeners may know her thanks to film roles in musicals such as ‘If a Thousand Clarinets’, where she appeared alongside other rising stars of Czech pop music such as Karel Gott, Waldemar Matuška and Eva Pilarová, to name a few. Urbánková also caught the eye of director Jiří Menzel, who cast her in his 1966 film Closely Watched Trains, which went on to win an Oscar.
Czech vocalist, banjo player, composer and translator Robert Křesťan is one of the bright lights on the Czech folk, country and bluegrass scene. In the course of a career spanning more than three decades he has played in several ensembles, coproduced close to twenty CDs and performed at thousands of concerts, including annual tours of the US with his current ensemble Druhá tráva.
Tramping is a phenomenon that influenced the lives of tens of thousands of Czechs. Young people who dreamed of the freedom of the Wild West, spent time outdoors, engaging in sporting activities, building log cabins and settlements. The birth of tramping is in fact linked to the tramp settlement Lost Hope near Svatojánské proudy (one of the most picturesque stretches of the Vltava River) in 1918.
Martina Trchová is a Prague based singer and songwriter. Her most recent album, called Holobyt or Unfurnished Flat, has just won the Anděl Award in the folk and country category. The collection of twelve jazz-pop songs is connected by the motive of searching for a home. Trchová is accompanied by a trio of musicians consisting of guitarist Patrik Henel, bass player Radomír Polívka and drummer Petr Chlouba.
This week’s edition of Sunday Music Show is dedicated to the legendary country and folk music festival Porta, which celebrates its 50th edition this weekend. Established in 1967 by a group of music enthusiasts, the festival gradually evolved into one of the largest events of its kind in Europe and many of the country’s most respected folk musicians launched their careers there. Today we are going to listen to some of the greatest hits that were played at Porta over the past 50 years.
The Czech Republic's biggest festival of country and folk music, Porta, celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Established in 1967 by a group of music enthusiasts, the festival gradually evolved into one of the largest events of its kind in Europe, attracting some 30,000 visitors in its heydey. Many of the country’s respected musicians and bands, including Spirituál kvintet, Wabi Daněk or the Nedvěd brothers, started their careers there. Last week, Porta launched the first of a series of concerts marking its special anniversary.
Today's Sunday Music Show turns the spotlight on Czech singer Johannes Benz and his debut album One Way Road. Johannes Benz is the artistic alter ego of the singer, musician, composer and filmmaker Jan Foukal. The album originated during his trip to the US, and is a blend of folk, rock and American country music.