Friday, December 26, 2014

And MORE Lerwick Reviews!

"Simply cool... With a very stripped down approach but with modern amplification, the notes soar... Some great harp riffs... Roots again demonstrates his finesse on slide with super tone... A real feel of a Muddy Water's band, sans Water's voice. This band is tight," is Bman's Blues Report's assessment of "Live In Lerwick" - read the whole story from the Arizona webzine here.

Meanwhile in France, Christophe Mourot writes in the latest issue of the Soul Bag magazine: "Classic blues from Memphis Minnie to Junior Wells, via Robert Lockwood and Johnny Shines - the programme is superb!"

Sunday, December 21, 2014

More Lerwick Reviews!

"Lury & Roots are two outstanding musicians with a great feel for one another," writes Eric Schuurmans about "Live In Lerwick" in the Belgian webzine - and in the Estonian evening paper Õhtuleht, Tõnis Erilaid assures: "Trust me - it's a world class album all the way."

More Estonian dates for Roots & Terep will be announced shortly - stay tuned! :)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hurriganes & Beyond

Eero Palusalu, Remu Aaltonen, Risto Vuorimies, Andres Roots - Scotland Yard, Tallinn, Dec. 9, 2014. Photo by Leif Laaksonen.

The Hurriganes tribute album launch in Tallinn on December 9th was a success - a detailed account will be published by & early next week. Meanwhile, another album has appeared on the market that also features Andres Roots on one track - "Ei ole must ei ole valge" by old friend Erki Solna, ex-Dead Next Door & Big Whiskey.

The "Live In Lerwick" album by Steve Lury & Andres Roots is still getting airplay around the world - here's another review by Wend, published in the Estonian national broadcasting's culture webzine: "Andres Roots is a king of style! And with that line-up, on that stage... Yes, I would have liked to have been there! Top of the genre this year!"

And the tickets for the Hämeenlinna Dr. Feelgood/Roots & Terep show coming up in February are now available, too - here! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hurriganes Tribute Launch Party

5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9th, "Get On! Estonian Tribute To Hurriganes" will be launched at Scotland Yard in Tallinn. With guest vocalist Mikk Tammepõld (Dramamama), Roots & Terep contributed opening track "Hear Me Calling" - a Hurriganes classic from the early days, written by Alvin Lee and originally performed by Ten Years After. The entire album will air today 5.30 p.m. (Estonian time - 3.30 p.m. UK time) on the Üheplaadilaulud programme with Andres Põllu on KUMA radio, featuring a phone interview with Andres Roots - you can tune in online here.

Hurriganes – with a "g" for "extra Texas" – were a groundbreaking Finnish rock & roll group, active 1971-1984 & briefly resurrected in 1988. Best remembered as a trio, the band centered around Remu Aaltonen on vocals & drums & Cisse Häkkinen on bass & vocals, with a Yardbirds-like rotating cast of ace guitarists: Albert Järvinen, Ile Kallio & Janne Louhivuori. Their success in Finland & Sweden was unprecedented, their fame spread far & wide, & with the help of radio, TV & the occasional smuggled LP, their influence even travelled where few "capitalist" groups were welcome at the time: across the Gulf of Finland & beyond the Iron Curtain.

"Get On! Estonian Tribute To Hurriganes" presents a selection of Hurriganes tunes performed by several generations of Estonian musicians. While most were recorded expressly for this project, the title track is a previously unreleased 1977 cover of that European Pop Jury winning rocker by the legendary Apelsin, who at the time of writing are celebrating their 40th anniversary. It's also the 40th anniversary for the tune: "Get On" first appeared on the 1974 Hurriganes LP "Roadrunner", generally considered their finest effort, with an iconic sleeve designed by Risto Vuorimies. The cover photos used for this tribute are outtakes from Vuorimies' original "Roadrunner" shoot & the rare black & white images inside depict Remu, Cisse & Albert in action in 1973. The sleeve was designed by Siret Roots

This Outlaw Music release is currently available from Lasering, Apollo, and Rahva Raamat.

EDIT 12.12.2014: Now also available in FINLAND from STARDUST RECORDS!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

CD's Now in Brick & Mortar Stores In Scandinavia!

In December 2014, Roots Art Records became the first Estonian record label to receive not just worldwide digital, but also physical distribution throughout Scandinavia and the Baltics via Playground Music Estonia - a subsidiary of Playground Music Scandinavia, which distributes labels such as Epitaph, ANTI-, Beggars Banquet and Eagle Rock in the Nordic region. That means that all our CD albums are now in stock at stores such as the Levykauppa Äx chain in Finland with shops in Helsinki, Kuopio, Tampere, Lahti, Turku, Lappeenranta, Jyväskylä and Oulu, and at Bengans in Gothenburg, Sweden - the largest (700 square meters!) record shop in Scandinavia!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

First Review, UK Top 50 & Tour Dates!

It's been almost three weeks since "Live In Lerwick" was released, and so far - and as far as we know - it's been on the air in Estonia, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Denmark and Canada. The first review is in from Holland: "Fifty minutes of listening pleasure with old but oh so delicious blues" - read the full-length Dutch version here. And then last night, it was revealed that "Live In Lerwick" made it to #25 in the UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association's top 50 airplay chart for November (see sidebar)!!!

We can also confirm that all Roots Art CD's are now available in Finland and Sweden, and that dates have been announced for Roots & Terep's Trad.alt.winter tour of 2015: Jan. 30 Piazza Blues in Lahti, Finland with Antsu Haahtela (FIN), Jan. 31 Ghettoblues in Helsinki, Finland with Zalo Duo (FIN), Feb. 4 Feel Good Music Café in Tartu, Estonia with Dirty Trainload (ITA), Feb. 19 Suistoklubi in Hämeenlinna, Finland with Dr Feelgood (UK), Feb. 20 Pikku-Torre in Turku, Finland with Devil Box (FIN), and Feb. 21 Eikan Pub in Järvenpää, Finland. Yes, Roots & Terep will be opening for the legendary Dr Feelgood in Hämeenlinna!!!