Lilly Drumeva performing in Prague, March 2009. Photo (c) Ruth Ellen Gruber
Lilly Drumeva, a passionate champion of country music and bluegrass in her native Bulgaria, has a new CD out. Called “Lovin’ you” it joins Lilly and her band, Lilly of the West, with some of the top Czech country and bluegrass musicians -- namely, the guys from the award-winning Czech band Monogram: Jakub Racek, Zdenek Hajodo, Jarda Jahoda and Pavel Lzicar, with guest Pepa Malina. Lilly has been collaborating with Monogram for more than a year -- I hear them in concert in Prague last March.
The CD was produced by Jakub Racek and recorded in both Bulgaria and the CZ. Tracks include bluegrass, swing, and country (including a cover of one of my favorite songs, Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You") and even a couple of Bulgaria folk tunes.
You can hear samples at Lilly's web site.