Friday, October 24, 2014

IDeeJazz, Pics, Mardi Gras!

On October 31st, Roots & Terep will have the honour of opening Tartu's IDeeJazz Festival at the Tartu Jazz Club. For the occasion, Avo Kartul conducted a lengthy interview with Andres which you can read at the festival site - but yes, it's in Estonian. Below are some pics from the duo's last show at the Feel Good Music Café, courtesy of Feel Good.

And: over in Finland, Maaseutumusiikki has published a new EP for Tapsa Kojo's birthday, "Vallilan Kojootti", which features Andres Roots on one track, "Mardi Gras" - a new reading of a Roots tune originally composed well over 10 years ago as the theme song for a series of concerts at the Tartu Song Festival Grounds' Café. Listen below and order the CD here!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Roots & Terep @ Feel Good Music Café!

"Trad.alt.blues" CD presentation at the Feel Good Music Café in Tartu, Estonia on Thursday, October 16th, 10 p.m. - and the music does actually start at 10 p.m., so be there early! :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Walkin' Blues & Beyond

Here's another taster from the upcoming "Live In Lerwick" album:

Meanwhile, Belgium's & Estonia's Muusika magazine have published reviews of "Trad.alt.blues". In the former, Luc Meert writes: "Andres Roots is clearly one of the better blues guitarists out there running around. The man breathes blues and that is so clearly audible in his guitar playing. The combination with Terep's subtle drumming is wonderfully successful. Both feel and complement each other creatively." In the latter, Margus Haav adds: "It's great when music invites you not only to feel but to think along, keeping your body and mind fresh."

In October, Andres Roots & Raul Terep are set to do full-length show at the Feel Good Music Café on October 16th and to open the IDeeJazz festival at the Tartu Jazz Club on October 31st.  

The previous week's Finnish tour with Ismo Haavisto & the Muddy Waters tribute went great as usual: read's review of Koli's Ruska Blues festival here and watch a Vihreä Talo performance of "Garbage Man" below!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Lerwick CD Tracklist + Pipeline Review!

Recorded over two nights at the Mareel last September at the 10th Shetland Blues Festival, Steve Lury & Andres Roots "Live In Lerwick" with Peeter Piik & Paul Archibald will be released on CD in November 2014. The tracklist is confirmed as follows, with a total running time of just under 50 minutes:

1. Tomorrow Night (Junior Wells)
2. Born Blind (Sonny Boy Williamson II)
3. Rambler's Blues (Tampa Red)
4. Build Me A Statue (Andres Roots)
5. Take A Little Walk With Me (Robert Lockwood Jr.)
6. Driftin' Blues (Charles Brown)
7. Walkin' Blues (Robert Johnson)
8. Gone To Main Street (Muddy Waters)
9. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had (Muddy Waters)
10. What's The Matter With The Mill (Memphis Minnie)

In other news, discusses the upcoming Hurriganes tribute compilation here and a lengthy "Trad.alt.blues" segment of the Music In The Mail show which originally aired on Free Radio Santa Cruz on Sept. 12th can now be streamed below (starts 01:12:12).

And there's more: the UK's rock instrumental magazine Pipeline has published a wonderful review of last year's "Three!" album by Andres Roots Roundabout. Alan Taylor writes: "This is a blues album at heart and as such it is the best instrumental blues album that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. With plenty of tasty slide guitar work on both electric and acoustic guitars, it mixes bluesy rock tracks with swinging lighter numbers that provide variety and contrast - and at an average length of just over three minutes none of them outstays their welcome either...Most enjoyable and highly recommended."

Meanwhile, in the Sept. 16th issue of Virumaa Teataja, Inna Grünfeldt describes Roots & Terep's recent recent library gig in Rakvere as follows: "The music flooded every nook and cranny of the building, even the walls were vibrating. The duo had promised to play as quietly as possible, but luckily, things were far from piano pianissimo. When after an hour the duo asked which of two very different tunes the audience would like to hear as the last piece of the concert, the answer was unanimous: "Both!""

Finally, a reminder of next week's Muddy Waters tribute gigs in Finland: the band consists of Ismo Haavisto, Andres Roots, Peeter Piik, and Matias Partanen, and the shows are: Sept. 25th - Vihreä Talo, Riihimäki; Sept. 26th - Old Cock, Lappeenranta; Sept. 27th - Ruskablues Festival, Koli. See you there!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rakvere Pics & Hurriganes Tribute

On September 11, Roots & Terep played a concert at the Lääne-Viru County Central Library in Rakvere, promoting their "Trad.alt.blues" album right after Siret Roots' art exhibition opened downstairs. Below are a few photos Siret took during the concert - and also an image of the 2012 book on the 100-year history of the library, which included a photo of one of Andres' earlier visits with Eric "Red Mouth" Gebhardt.

In other news, Tallinn's Outlaw Music is preparing the release of an Estonian tribute album to the legendary Finnish rock band Hurriganes. Andres Roots & Raul Terep were joined in the studio by the fabulous vocalist Mikk Tammepõld (Dramamama, Brides In Bloom) and here's their contribution: a cover of the Hurriganes cover of Ten Years After's "Hear Me Calling" - the album should hit the stores before Christmas: