Thursday, 13 December 2007

Country Cocktail in the USA

Country Cocktail (CZ) made a successful autumn tour in the USA. Personnel for the tour were Eduard Kristufek (mandolin, harmony vocals), Pavel Kristufek (5-string banjo), Jarda Chmel (upright bass, harmony vocals), and Dennis Schut (lead vocals, guitar). The Kristufek brothers are also well known luthiers, and Dennis (NL) is also lead singer of the Dutch band Spruce Pine. Mirka Musilova (banjo, harmony vocals) guested on some songs.

The band played seven shows, including the highest saloon in the USA (10,000 ft plus) at Leadville, CO; the Station Inn and Gibson Showcase, Nashville, TN; and Byron Berline's Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie, OK.

Country Cocktail are preparing to record a new CD in spring 2008, and hope to tour the UK in the summer. They are booked for the SBA's Guildtown Bluegrass festival (19-20 July 2008), and are looking for extra UK dates between 10 July and 1 August. Photos and a video from the Guthrie festival can be seen here. Contact the band via e-mail (1), (2), or (3).