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1st Prize
European Band Contest 2011
at the La Roche Bluegrass Festival, France
"That Old Book of Mine"

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Blackjack is a bluegrass band from the Czech Republic. Blackjack plays bluegrass music on the edge between traditional and contemporary style. Above all, dynamic vocal and precise rhythm are characteristic for the band.

At the La Roche Bluegrass festival 2011 in France, Blackjack won 1st prize in prestigious band contest. Furthermore, at the European World of Bluegrass festival 2009 Blackjack became "The #1 Audience Award Winners".
The most appreciated gig for the band was the Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival in Omagh, North Ireland in 2010 along with big names like the Gibson Brothers, Dale Ann Bradley and David Holt.


The latest recording of Blackjack "That Old Book of Mine" was released in May 2010. Previous CD - "No One Like You" from May 2007 - was very positively reviewed in European bluegrass magazine Bluegrass Europe (issue October/November 2007). Blackjack also appeared on the cover of this issue and inside you can find long article about the band.
Album "Be on Time", which was released in 2004, became a recording of the year in Czech Bluegrass Music Association Award for 2004. In 2002, Blackjack recorded their debut CD "...try me one more time."
CDs released at the European World of Bluegrass festivals 2000, 2002-2007 include live recordings of Blackjack.

Blackjack became an emerging artist of the year 2000 in the Czech Bluegrass Music Association Award and for 2001-2007 regularly takes the second place in category "the band of the year"!

"Blackjack" are:

Slavek Podhrasky - mandolin, vocals
Richard Podhrasky - upright bass, vocals
Ondra Plucha - guitar, vocals
Martin Kubec - banjo, vocals

You can meet the band at events across all Europe. E.g. - Blackjack regularly takes part in the famous Banjo Jamboree festival (Caslav, Czech Republic) and in the European World of Bluegrass (Voorthuizen, Holland). This festival won Award of the International Bluegrass Music Association for Event of the year 2003. Blackjack appears in the Czech Republic, Holland, Germany, Norway, Slovakia, Hungary...
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