Monday, July 28, 2014


Here's a YouTube version of "Django" - album in stores August 12th!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pärnu Bluusipäevad

On Thursday, July 31st, Andres Roots & Raul Terep will be appearing at the Pärnu Blues Festival - the outdoor stage at the Pärnu Yacht Yacht Club. In case you've forgotten, all Pärnu Bluesfest gigs are free! 

With a bit of luck, the boys will also be unveiling the CD edition of "Trad.alt.blues" there, which includes the ten track live bootleg that was briefly available as a free download in April plus two new studio tracks: "Django" and "Chicken Man". The disc should hit the stores in mid-August. Oh, and on July 31st, Tartu's IDeeJazz Festival will be announcing their line-up for this year's fest - nudge nudge, wink wink, eh? ;)

What critics have said about Roots & Terep's "Trad.alt.blues" thus far:

"It is clear why Andres Roots is considered one of the best guitarists in his homeland and on the European underground blues scene: from start to finish, the creative tension between his instrument and Terep's drums is palpable."
– Nathan Nörgel, Wasser-Prawda, Germany

"This is a man who can play the blues... 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."
– Samuel J. Fell, Rhythms Magazine, Australia

"The injection of soul licks and traditional Estonian airs... turns the difficult task of a full-length instrumental concert into a happy moment where you feel you've heard as many stories as if there'd been a singer recounting them."
– Christophe Mourot, Soul Bag, France 

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.