Thursday, February 23, 2017

Album Reviews: Winter In Finland

Two great reviews are in from Finland - one titled "Finally a Proper Winter!" and the other starting with "Andres Roots' "Winter" brings a breath of summer into the middle of this winter." In, Marko Aho even discusses the band's live shows in addition to the album:

"Generally played with a slide, his precisely and thoughtfully articulated guitar doesn't slip, but may pick unusual routes and paint surprising landscapes. Blues is always there as the basis, but on top of that Roots manages to build almost anything. /---/ Drums on almost all tracks are played by Raul Terep. The duo's cooperation is seamless, with Terep's drums part of the compositions. They're not just keeping time but play and comment along with the guitar. /---/ At their gigs, the duo offer a full-scale show that excites even those who generally find both the blues and instrumental music boring. Every time the unaffected Roots kicks the air or adjust his glasses, it grabs the attention and fits right into the tune at hand, as if the spontaneous movements had been choreographed beforehand."  

And in Blues News, TT Tarkiainen concludes: "Throughout his recorded output, Andres Roots has managed to stay his course and maintain his trademark: a positive, joyous approach to making music."

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Live Video!

The Sawmill Roots Orchestra played their first gig at the Pühaste Brewery on Saturday, February 18 - here's a clip from that Blues Month show (video by Sirje Penjam):

Here's Andres Roots' solo set at Leif Laaksonen's exhibition opening at the Tartu Public Library on February 16 (video by Kalev Toom) - on April 12, the exhibition will travel to Pärnu and the Sawmill Roots Orchestra will perform at the vernissage.

AND on February 21, Andres also played two numbers on ETV's "Terevisioon" morning programme - you can watch them HERE!