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. 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, and won the first Estonian Blues Challenge in October 2017 with Anneli Kadakas and Mikk Tammepõld. The trio will be representing Estonia at the European Blues Challenge in Norway in 2018.

Roots has toured in the UK, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden and Finland, with Italian shows being scheduled for 2018. His latest studio effort "Winter" was released in November 2016 and features collaborations with an international crew of singers and musicians; it reached #6 in the French and #9 in the British blues airplay charts for December, staying in both charts for two months.

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. February 2017 also saw the emergence of the Sawmill Roots Orchestra: a quartet featuring guitar, drums, trumpet and clarinet.

Endorsements: G7th Capos & ZT Amplifiers.

Roots' festival appearances include the Shetland Blues Festival (UK), Le Blues Autour du Zinc (FRA), 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), Kaavi Blues (FIN), Leppävirta Blues Picnic (FIN), Sigulda Blues (LV), Sundays Blues Festival (LV), Fontaine Festival (LV), Baltic Blues (LV), 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), Emajõe Bluus (EST) and Linna Pea Rock (EST).