Saturday, July 5, 2014

Podcast, Review & New Tune!

On June 21st, on his way to the Pärnu Blues Club, Andres Roots stopped by the Helilaine studio to record a podcast - you can hear him being interrogated at length about all things blues and perform an acoustic version of the Ten Years After/Hurriganes classic "Hear Me Calling" with Andres Mikk playing the snare here! His records of choice also heard on the show are Kokomo Arnold's "Old Original Kokomo Blues" and Johnny Shines' "Ramblin'".

Meanwhile, the current issue of the French Soul Bag magazine has published a very positive review of "Trad.alt.blues" by Christophe Mourot, calling the live version of "Moby Duck" a "must-hear" and suggesting that the duo of Roots & Raul Terep have succeeded in the difficult task of presenting an instrumental live album, managing to tell stories as if there was a singer present.

Thus, it is no wonder that Roots & Terep have finally decided to release "Trad.alt.blues" as a proper CD album - but with the addition of two studio tracks, recorded by Asko-Romé Altsoo at the White Room in May. Here's one of them.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuusula Pics

On June 28, Andres Roots & Raul Terep did a duo show in Tuusula, Finland - here's some picks from that fabulous afternoon, by Ari-Pekka Huovila.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pärnu Blues Club Pics

The Pärnu Blues Club night at the Yacht Club with Otis Grand on June 21st was a blast! Here's a couple of pics by Andres Kütt - see full gallery here.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Finnish Tour Vids & Pics

Last week's Finnish gigs with Ismo Haavisto, Peeter Piik & Matias Partanen were wonderful. Here's a clip from Vihreä Talo in Riihimäki:

And one from the Kaavi Blues Festival:

And here's some pics from that first night in Riihimäki - photos by Hannu Leinonen:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Finnish Tour June 5-8!

Ismo Haavisto & Andres Roots in Muddy Waters will hit the road again in Finland tomorrow: June 5 - Vihreä Talo, Riihimäki; June 6 - Kaavi Blues Festival, Kaavi; June 7 - Bar Corona, Pieksämäki; June 8 - Hanhenpoika, Lahti. For updates, check out Andres' Facebook page!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Australian Review: "A Man Who Can Play the Blues"

Photo by Kalev Ints - Tartu Jazz Club
The June issue of Rhythms Magazine features what we believe to be the first-ever print review of Estonian blues in Australia. In that "refuge for real music - Blues & Roots, Americana, Folk, Soul, World, Country, Jazz", Samuel J. Fell writes: "One wouldn’t immediately think of Estonia as a blues hotbed, but cast those narrow-minded notions aside and listen to Andres Roots (yep, it’s his real surname too). This is a man who can play the blues, as he amply shows here on Trad.alt.blues, a live cut recorded in February this year at the Blue Icicle Festival in Parnu, and Rokibaar Underground in Tartu, Estonia. Roots takes care of all things guitar, while Raul Terep tears it up behind him on drums, the pair stomping and striding through a set of up-tempo, highly charged electric blues ‘n’ drums. There’s nothing new here, but damn they do it well." Cheers! :)