Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Green label 2nd press!

Great news: green label 2nd press copies of "Roots Music" are on the way! With some stores already out of stock by the time last week's Estonian album chart was aired on Raadio 2, the album amazingly managed to stay in the top 3 for another week - here's this week's Eesti Müügitabel:

1 (3) Eeva Talsi & Juhan Aru “Vähemalt täna”
2 (2) Arvo Pärt “Lapsepõlve lood”
3 (1) Andres Roots “Roots Music”
4 (5) Curly Strings “Üle ilma”
5 (7) Trad.Attack! “Ah!”
6 (8) Reket “Tuule tee”
7 (6) Iggy Pop “Post Pop Depression”
8 (10)  Jäääär “Jäääär 25”
9 RE-ENTRY David Bowie “Blackstar”
10 NEW Deftones “Gore”

So come get your signed copy of "Roots Music" in Pärnu this Thursday, April 28: Andres Roots' free blues history lecture starts at the central library 5 p.m. and his birthday concert kicks off at Kohvik Versus at 8, with special guests Rivo Kajo & Üllar Kallau!


Monday, April 18, 2016

"Roots Music" Is #1!

As incredible as it seems, the best-selling album in Estonia the second week of April, 2016 was a vinyl-only blues album. That's right: the number 1 in the Raadio 2 weekly albums chart, announced this morning on Erik Morna's show, is Andres Roots "Roots Music"! THANK YOU!!!

1 NEW Andres Roots “Roots Music”
2 (2) Arvo Pärt “Lapsepõlve lood”
3 (1) Eeva Talsi & Juhan Aru “Vähemalt täna”
4 (6) Pet Shop Boys “Super”
5 RE-ENTRY Curly Strings “Üle ilma”
6 NEW Iggy Pop “Post Pop Depression”
7 (4) Trad.Attack! “Ah!”
8 (7) Reket “Tuule tee”
9 (5) Anne Veski “Võta minu laul”
10 (3) Jäääär “Jäääär 25”


Thursday, April 14, 2016

More Roots Music

The "Roots Music" LP was released on April 6th; by April 13th, it was #1 on both Lasering & CD Market sales charts. You can watch the Pealtnägija episode on how the first Estonian-pressed vinyl came about here and listen to Andres discuss it on Vikerraadio here (sorry - both are in Estonian).

The first album review was published in the daily Postimees on April 9th and states: "To explain the feeling, one could say that the music sounds a bit like the soundtrack from an unknown Tarantino film: slightly dusty and old-fashioned, yet contemporary and cool."

Andres Roots will be playing another birthday concert/CD release party in April, this time at Kohvik Versus in Pärnu on April 28 - earlier that afternoon, he also concludes his series of blues history lectures at the Pärnu Central Library. Plus: for May 6 & 7, two Bottleneck Guitar Trendsetters gigs have been announced for Lahti & Kouvola in Finland - details on the gig page, and more on that later! ;)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Vinyl & TV

The "Roots Music" LP is now available for international orders from CD Market for just 17.99 plus shipping!

Meanwhile, the story of the first Estonian-made vinyl is broadcast tonight on ETV's Pealtnägija - and an interview for Tartu Postimees can be read here (sorry, Estonian only!).  

Photo by Siim Neerut.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Release: Roots Music LP

On April 6th, Estonian slide guitarist Andres Roots will be celebrating his 40th birthday and 20 years on stage with his first vinyl release – the "Roots Music" LP is a collection of studio recordings made between 2010 and 2014 and features collaborations with Dave Arcari (Scotland), Eric "Red Mouth" Gebhardt (USA), Steve Lury (UK), Black River Bluesman (Finland), Lorete Medne (Latvia), L.R. Phoenix (UK/Finland), Bert Deivert (USA/Sweden), Bottleneck John (Sweden), Jantso Jokelin (Finland), and many others.

The first record to be pressed at the brand new Vinyl Plant in Tartu, "Roots Music" is also the first gramophone record ever manufactured in Estonia – during the Soviet vinyl era and in the pre-war shellac days, the nearest pressing plant was always in Riga, Latvia. Incidentally, the Vinyl Plant logo was designed by the Tartu artist Siret Roots, who also designed the cover for this inaugural release ;)