Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Last Duo Gig This Saturday!

Andres Roots & Raul Terep will play the last of their duo gigs at the Texas Honky Tonk & Cantina on Saturday, March 1st - here's the opening number of their set at last week's Blue Icicle Festival in Pärnu:

By mid-March, we expect bassist Peeter Piik to have made a full recovery and to be back in action with Roundabout. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Review: "An Excellent Example Of How It Should Be Done"

"If you like Earl Hooker, Tampa Red, Elmore James, Muddy Waters or the Rolling Stones, you will not want to miss this excellent album...Andres has managed to reconcile the diametric opposites of these quality musicians," writes the Croatian critic and blues DJ Mladen "Mike" Loncar in "Traditional blues with a modern and modernist approach..."Three!" is an excellent example of how it should be done."

Thank you, Mike!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Tonight @ Volga!!!

Terep & Roots @ Blue Icicle last night. Pic by Üllar Kallau.
Tonight will be a very special night at the Volga in Tartu: first, you'll get to hear the fabulous MOduo, who'll be joined by Roundabout's Raul Terep on drums for a few numbers. Then, you'll get to witness the highly irregular duo set that Andres and Raul have perfected over the past two nights, playing with Finland's Devil Box at Underground and at the Blue Icicle Festival in Pärnu. And then - wait for it - Martin Eessalu of MOduo will join us for one last run-through of the "Three!" album material. One night only, no excuses - free entry for all!   

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: "Brings Light Into Darkness"

This month's first-ever full-colour issue of Finland's Blues News magazine includes a review of "Three!" by TT Tarkiainen. TT namechecks Elmore James, J.B. Hutto and Hound Dog Taylor, and concludes:

"In these sombre times of polar night and news on the economy, "Three!" by Andres Roots Roundabout brings light into darkness. The album comes across as blithely positive, bringing a smile to even the most sullen of faces. The music of Andres Roots reminds one of summer, with all the flies and the flowers and the bees." Cheers! :)

Gigs this week: Thursday, February 20 - Underground, Tartu, with Devil Box; Friday, February 21 - Yacht Club, Pärnu, with Devil Box; Saturday, February 22nd - Volga, Tartu, with MOduo.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Diddley Bow In The Snow

Early this morning, the schedule for the 10th Kaavi Blues Festival near Kuopio in Finland was unveiled - among many others, this year's festival will feature Ismo Haavisto & Andres Roots In Muddy Waters. Check out the full line-up here.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Review: "Nice Octave Jumps On the Fret Board"!

The American Blues Blast Magazine has just published a review of "Three!", with Marty Gunther writing: "Based in Tartu, Estonia, not far from the Russian border, Andres Roots Roundabout are a three-piece band with plenty of Old World experience...Always interesting, never boring. If you like instrumental guitar works, you’ll like this one." Cheers! :)