Monday, May 28, 2012

Steve Lury Tour Schedule!

Finally, the complete tour schedule is here: 

Friday, June 1st: 
- 1 p.m. Steve Lury & Andres Roots will be doing a blues workshop at Port Artur 2 in Pärnu, Estonia.
- around 11 p.m. Lury, Roots, Peeter Piik & Kalle Kindel will take the stage at Rubiin in Viljandi, Estonia.

Saturday, June 2nd: 
- some time after 1 p.m. Lury & Roots will do a short set in Town Hall Square in Tallinn, Estonia to help promote the Pärnu Blues Festival.
- around 8 p.m. the band will take the stage at Luscher&Matiesen in Tallinn for the official Ugriblues festival pre-party.

Sunday, June 3rd: 
- around 6 p.m. Lury & Roots play their only full-length duo gig at Texas Honky Tonk & Cantina in Tallinn.

Monday, June 4th: 
- around 10 p.m., the band take the stage at Clazz in Tallinn.

Roots & Lury at the Viru Folk Festival in 2011. Photo by Andres Kütt.

Thursday, June 7th:
- around 10 p.m., the band take the stage at Illegaard in Tartu, Estonia.

Friday, June 8th:
- around 11 p.m., the band take the stage at Bar Edgar in Loimaa, Finland.

Saturday, June 9th:
- around 1 p.m., the band take the stage at the Blues Picnic in Leppävirta, Finland.
- around 5.30 p.m., the band take the stage at the Kaavi Blues Festival in Kaavi, Finland. 


And here's a pic from last week's El Trio (LV) gig:

El Trio with Andres Roots sitting in. Phone pic by Siret Roots.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

El Trio & Sihijuomaboogie

Tonight, the wonderful Latvian trio El Trio will be taking the stage at Illegaard in Tartu - as they are in town partly to do some recording at the White Room, it is rumoured that Andres Roots will be joining them for at least one tune...


Meanwhile, Marko Aho of the Finnish band Dortmunder has kindly allowed us to share "Sihijuomaboogie" with our readers - the title track from their recent EP which features Mr. Roots on slide guitar:

TBA: two surprise appearances by Steve Lury & Co on June 1st & 2nd!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Reviews & Live Appearances

First things first: in an hour, an exhibiton of Siret Roots' drawings will open at the Estonian Folklore Archives in Tartu - yes, Siret has designed all Roots Art releases, her ink drawings adorn the sleeves of the "Legacy Blues" single (2011) and the "Electric Dixieland" EP (2012), and for the cover of Bullfrog Brown's "Moon and Central" (2009), she even won the Best Original Cover Art award from Canada's Blues Underground Network. The exhibition will stay open at least until Midsummer's Day, so if you're in Tartu, you need to go check it out!

Now, on to the "Electric Dixieland" reviews in this week.

"I'm sure Andres Roots is a kind and nice person, but the heart inside of him is a blues monster that won't allow guitars breathe easy or go bowling," writes Siim Kera in this week's Eesti Ekspress. "Beware, six-strings, for somewhere in Tartu, Roots is on the prowl and he will not rest until all the notes have been wrung out of you."

"The opening "Room Service" has an almost Western swing feel to it, with the guitars of Roots and Eessalu almost replicating the sound of pedal steel and driven by Raul Terep’s drums; the following "Link To Elmore"  has some fine toned shimmering slide guitar which gives it a sort of Elmore James meets Link Wray groove and is very nice too," continues Grahame Rhodes in the UK's ""Three Sticks" is a driving blues with more slashing slide guitar as Roots and Eessalu joust and Raul Terep kicks it along. The closing "Wagon Swing" has a lighter, country feel and again has great sounding guitar work, both acoustically and electric."

Speaking of the blues in North West England, it is beginning to look like the trio line-up heard on the EP will indeed be making their way to Liverpool and Manchester towards the end of September - more details TBA! But on this very Monday, May 21st, both the trio and quartet line-ups of the band will be appearing at Clazz in Tallinn: free entry for all, and the 3x30 minutes of footstompin' fun will commence at exactly 22:00 hours. And after that, it's all about the Steve Lury tour!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dortmunder, Blues News & June Festivals

On May 19th, the Finnish roots rock trio Dortmunder will be launching a four-track EP called "Sihijuomaboogie", the title track of which features Andres Roots on slide guitar. The band consists of three veterans of the Tampere music scene, Marko Aho on guitar, Jysky Ristilä on bass and Mako Kelokaski on drums, with Aho doing the songwriting and the famed Freud Marx Engels & Jung vocalist Pekka Myllykoski lending his voice to one of the tunes. The EP will be released by Suomen Maaseutumusiikkiyhdistys.

The current issue of Finland's Blues News magazine includes a really cool review of "Leigh's Spider Jam" by TT Tarkiainen, with "jazzy swing", "late '60s Rolling Stones", "a psychedelic approach" and "sheer country blues" only a few points of reference. Meanwhile, the June tour with Steve Lury is drawing near - here are the posters for the last two gigs in Finland, both on June 9th:

Have we got any non-Finnish news for you? Maybe next week ;)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

"Electric Dixieland" Out Now!

The new EP was launched with a performance at the music café at Genialistide Klubi in Tartu on May 1st - the Tallinn launch party will take place on May 21st at Clazz and again, there will be no cover charge!

The EP launch night @ GenKlubi. Photo by Siret Roots.

Remember, the "Electric Dixieland" EP will ONLY be available at gigs or from the Roots Art Records online store - in fact, why not order your copy now? ;)