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:


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rakvere Show In September!

The "Trad.alt.blues" tour continues in Rakvere, at the Lääne-Viru County Central Library on September 11: Siret Roots' ink drawing exhibition opens there 5 p.m., 5.30 it's time for the concert. Free entry!

Friday, August 15, 2014

"Trad.alt.blues" In Stock!

The CD edition of "Trad.alt.blues" is out and in the stores, at least in Estonia, and it's also digitally available now via Amazon, iTunes, Deezer etc. The day before the release, Kuma Raadio's Andres Põllu did a 30-minute phone interview with Andres Roots about the record and proceeded to play and discuss the whole album track by track on his "Üheplaadilaulud" show, using descriptions such as "Bo Diddley meets The Shadows" (yes, that would have been "Pärnu Hambone"). With Raul Terep currently out of the country, there aren't any Roots & Terep gigs scheduled before September - but there will be some then, and a tour of Finland is also being booked for February 2015...


Tonight, however, Andres Roots & Peeter Piik will be jamming at Power Camp 2014 in Annimatsi, Otepää - the annual American cars event where the Bullfrog Brown story started 14 years ago.  

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Video: Full Set From Pärnu Bluesfest!

Thanks to Mr. Kalev Toom, we now have video of the full set Andres Roots & Raul Terep played at the Pärnu Bluusipäevad festival on July 31st. Tracklist: Bullfrog Medley / Django / Come Together / Build Me A Statue / Moby Duck / Funky Rooster / Wagon Swing / Three Sticks / Hear Me Calling / Seven Nation Army / Sunshine Of Your Love / Pärnu Hambone / Legacy Blues; introduction by Üllar Kallau.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Pärnu Blues Club Footage

Here's Andres Põllu's video of "Bullfrog Medley", as performed by Andres Roots & Andres Mikk on June 21 at the Pärnu Blues Club - that was the Otis Grand night...