Tuesday, March 26, 2013

FREE Download!

Yes, it's here: to download the new Ismo Haavisto/Andres Roots single "Muddy Waters/Morganfield Blues", the Finnish/Estonian tribute to Muddy Waters (1913-1983), all you need to do is click here, save the link, unzip the mp3 files and the print-out sleeve, and there you have it - free of charge!

And don't forget: the concerts start this week!

March 27th, 2013 - Torvi, Lahti, Finland
March 28th, 2013 - Diggariklubi @ McArthur, Järvenpää, Finland
March 29th, 2013 - Saimaa Blues Festival, Mikkeli, Finland (+ slide workshop & duo prison show)
March 30th, 2013 - Kairo, Kotka, Finland
April 4th, 2013 - Illegaard, Tartu, Estonia
April 5th, 2013 - Endla Jazzklubi, Pärnu, Estonia
April 6th, 2013 - UnderGround Blues Festival, Põlva, Estonia
April 7th, 2013 - Von Krahl, Tallinn, Estonia

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Guitar Jamboree Tomorrow, Free Single Next Week!

On Friday, March 22nd, Andres Roots & Peeter Piik will be performing two tunes at the annual rock'n'roll guitarists' showcase Guitar Jamboree @ Von Krahl in Tallinn; they will be joined by Rauno Pella of the Jamboree house band on drums.


On Tuesday, March 26th, just as Andres & Peeter will be travelling to Finland to start their Muddy Waters tribute tour with Ismo Haavisto & Matias Partanen, the topical Ismo Haavisto & Andres Roots single "Muddy Waters/Morganfield Blues" will be released as a FREE DOWNLOAD. So check back here on Tuesday for the download link - or get it from www.ismohaavisto.com!

And finally: Kristo Käo has a new guitar instruction book out, intended for the new guitar-heavy Estonian school curriculum. On page 66, there's a familiar face with a familiar Walden guitar ;)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Track With Ismo!

Here's the "B-side" of the upcoming Muddy Waters tribute single - "Morganfield Blues" features Ismo Haavisto on vocals and harmonica, Andres Roots on dobro and Peeter Piik on upright bass:

Here's the Blues-Finland.com article about Muddy's 100th birthday and the associated tour - and below is the poster for the Järvenpää gig which, like all Finnish shows apart from the prison gig, will feature Matias Partanen on drums:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Diddley Bow Workshop

This Sunday, Andres will take part in a recycling workshops day at Kastani 38 in Tartu - if you have a tin can and a piece of board you're not using, come along and make yourself a diddley bow!

It was the Danish one-man-band Nikolaj Andersen who first made Andres' son a one-string diddley bow out of an old broomstick a few years back - the kind you play like a regular slide guitar. After toying with that for a while, Andres built his own "lap steel" model, which you play holding a slide in one hand and and a stick in the other, with which you bang on the strings - that was used for the tune "Duck Soup" on his "Roundabout" album. He also demonstrated the one-string to Scottish bluesman Dave Arcari, who ended up designing his own model - with an electric pickup!

Friday, March 1, 2013

"Rock House"!

And the new EP is out - order here to pay by Paypal or via e-mail roots(at)rootsart.eu if you prefer a regular bank transfer.

Photo by Leif Laaksonen, design by Siret Roots.