Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Live On ETV This Sunday

The two tracks Roundabout recorded live at ETV studios in Tallinn on November 5th will be broadcast this Sunday! The performance is part of a Tähelaev episode devoted to the chairman of the Estonian Writers' Union, Mr. Karl Martin Sinijärv. The band consists of Peeter Piik (bass), Raul Terep (drums), and Andres Roots (guitar), the (commercially unavailable!) tunes are "Funky Rooster" and "Silver Lining", and the show starts 10 a.m. on December 1st. And yes, it can be viewed online in real time!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Best Instrumental Album in Years?

The Belgian webzine Rootstime.be has just published a wonderful review of "Three!" by Andres Roots Roundabout, written by Luc Meert: "Immense creativity...exciting, high quality songs...an absolute must to discover, an intriguing character, creative artist and a phenomenal (slide) guitarist...the best instrumental album in years." Read the full-length Dutch version here!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Reviews & TV

The current issue of Finland's Blues News magazine includes a nice review of the "Someplace Nice" single with British harmonica player Steve Lury by TT Tarkiainen, expressing hopes for a full-length release from this line-up & noting that "one should remember that with Andres, there's always a healthy dose of alt.blues included, resulting in unusual, original roots music." 

Roots, Lury & Piik @ Shetland Blues Festival 2013, by Chris Brown.
Meanwhile, Finnish harpist Jantso Jokelin has published a comprehensive book on the harmonica, covering everything from its history to traditional and contemporary playing techniques. Under 21st century blues, the recommended listening section lists the Bullfrog Brown "With Steve Lury" album from 2009 alongside works by Jason Ricci, Paul Oscher, and Mark Hummel, to name but a few. Like "Someplace Nice", the Bullfrog album features Lury, Roots, and Peeter Piik.

The November issue of Estonia's Muusika magazine comes with a lengthy review of the latest Andres Roots Roundabout album "Three!", written by Margus Haav who claims that "the blues of Andres Roots are always a joy to hear, regardless of the line-up".  

In accordance with that statement, it was not the Roots-Eessalu-Terep line-up heard on the record but a different version of Roundabout, comprising Roots, Piik, & drummer Raul Terep that took a trip to the ETV studios in Tallinn on November 5th to record two tunes to be broadcast on December 1st. The tracks? A new Roots original called "Silver Lining" & a combination of several standards titled "Funky Rooster". Watch this space for broadcast details!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Tour Finished, Volga7 Tomorrow!

...And that's the "Three!" tour over and done with - thanks to all who attended! Before this Roundabout line-up takes an extended break from live work, though, there's one more chance to hear the "Three!" material live: tomorrow at Volga7 in downtown Tartu!