Tuesday, February 28, 2017

TV Clips

Here are YouTube versions of the two tracks performed live on ETV's morning programme Terevisioon on February 21.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Album Reviews: Winter In Finland

Two great reviews are in from Finland - one titled "Finally a Proper Winter!" and the other starting with "Andres Roots' "Winter" brings a breath of summer into the middle of this winter." In Blues-Finland.com, Marko Aho even discusses the band's live shows in addition to the album:

"Generally played with a slide, his precisely and thoughtfully articulated guitar doesn't slip, but may pick unusual routes and paint surprising landscapes. Blues is always there as the basis, but on top of that Roots manages to build almost anything. /---/ Drums on almost all tracks are played by Raul Terep. The duo's cooperation is seamless, with Terep's drums part of the compositions. They're not just keeping time but play and comment along with the guitar. /---/ At their gigs, the duo offer a full-scale show that excites even those who generally find both the blues and instrumental music boring. Every time the unaffected Roots kicks the air or adjust his glasses, it grabs the attention and fits right into the tune at hand, as if the spontaneous movements had been choreographed beforehand."  

And in Blues News, TT Tarkiainen concludes: "Throughout his recorded output, Andres Roots has managed to stay his course and maintain his trademark: a positive, joyous approach to making music."

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Live Video!

The Sawmill Roots Orchestra played their first gig at the Pühaste Brewery on Saturday, February 18 - here's a clip from that Blues Month show (video by Sirje Penjam):

Here's Andres Roots' solo set at Leif Laaksonen's exhibition opening at the Tartu Public Library on February 16 (video by Kalev Toom) - on April 12, the exhibition will travel to Pärnu and the Sawmill Roots Orchestra will perform at the vernissage.

AND on February 21, Andres also played two numbers on ETV's "Terevisioon" morning programme - you can watch them HERE!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sawmill Roots Orchestra

Saturday, February 18th will be the first public appearance of the Sawmill Roots Orchestra: Aveli Paide (clarinet), Aigor Post (trumpet), Raul Terep (drums) and Andres Roots (guitar). Here's a few pics of the line-up by Leif Laaksonen:

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Gigs & Posters!

Upcoming shows as part of the Tartu Bluusikuu festival:

Thursday, February 16, 5 p.m. - a solo set @ the Tartu Public Library:

Saturday, February 18, 8 p.m. - a band set at the Pühaste Brewery with the Sawmill Roots Orchestra (Aveli Paide, clarinet, Aigor Post, trumpet, Raul Terep, drums, Andres Roots, guitar):

And just announced, but taking place a few months later: Jazz & Blues at Rock Cafe in Riga, Latvia with Raul Terep:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Airplay Charts & TV Footage

Incredibly, "Winter" has now spent two months in the French blues airplay Top 20 and in the UK blues airplay Top 40 - cheers! And below are the three live Roots & Terep numbers and an interview that aired on the Latvian Re:TV this Sunday (starts approximately 29 minutes in).


Friday, February 3, 2017

Live Radio Footage & Upcoming TV

This Sunday, February 5th, 7:45 p.m. (GMT +2), Andres Roots & Raul Terep will appear as the first non-Latvian band on Latvian Re:TV's "Vilciens Rīga-Valka" programme - you can watch it online in real time HERE. Below are a few clips from Andres' unplugged appearance on Raadio Elmar's morning programme yesterday, filmed by Kalev Toom. And in other news, "Winter" is *still* in the UK Independent Blues Broadcasters' airplay Top 40 and the Tartu Blues Month kicks off tonight at J.R. Schrammi Keller!