Andres Roots

Muusika 11/2016. Photo by Leif Laaksonen.
Andres Roots is a slide guitarist, songwriter and bandleader based in Tartu, Estonia. Combining pre-war blues and swing with 1960's rock, his music has received airplay on five continents and featured in TV series and films. In addition to his native Estonia, Roots has performed in the UK, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

Dubbed "the King of Estonian Blues" by the press, the former Bullfrog Brown guitarist topped the Estonian album chart with his 2016 LP "Roots Music", earning him a Golden Disc award. His next studio effort "Winter" reached #6 in the French and #9 in the British blues airplay charts for December 2016 and stayed in the charts for two months; a "Bluesman of the Year" award from the UK-based Severn FM's The Blues Hour followed in January 2018. With Anneli Kadakas and Mikk Tammepõld, Roots also won the first Estonian Blues Challenge and the jury's Best Guitarist prize in October 2017, going on to represent Estonia in the European Blues Challenge in Hell, Norway in March 2018.

Preferring a guitar-and-drums duo format that highlights his "excellent slide technique complimented by great chording and simultaneously executed skillful basslines" (Sirp), with "the sound made with just drums and one guitar filling the stage more powerfully than your average rock band" (IDeeJazz), Roots is increasingly in demand as a solo performer and continues to collaborate with harpists Ismo Haavisto (FIN) and Steve Lury (UK) in a more traditional blues vein.

Endorsements: G7th Capos & ZT Amplifiers.

Roots' festival appearances since 2010 include the Shetland Blues Festival (UK), Le Blues Autour du Zinc (FRA), European Blues Challenge (NO), Suwalki Blues (PL), Stompin’ At The Savoy (FIN), Lahti Grand Blues (FIN), Ruska Blues (FIN), Saimaa Blues (FIN), Navetta Blues (FIN), Tammerblues (FIN), Louisiana Cajun Party (FIN), Floating Cockroach (FIN), Kaavi Blues (FIN), Leppävirta Blues Picnic (FIN), Sigulda Blues (LV), Sundays Blues Festival (LV), Fontaine Festival (LV), Baltic Blues (LV), Sõru Jazz (EST), IDeeJazz (EST), Jazzkaar (EST), Viru Folk (EST), FiESTa XXX (EST), Tallinn Music Week (EST), Pärnu Kitarrifestival (EST), Mailaul (EST), Intsikurmu Music Festival (EST), Prima Vista (EST), Guitar Jamboree (EST), Pärnu Bluusipäevad (EST), Ugriblues (EST), Augustibluus (EST), UnderGround Blues (EST), Baltic-Nordic Harmonica (EST), Porkuni Bluus (EST), Emajõe Bluus (EST) and Linna Pea Rock (EST).