Andres Roots

Blues in Britain 3/2019
Andres Roots is a slide guitarist, songwriter and bandleader based in Tartu, Estonia, listed in the book "100 Years of Estonian Music" as the country's 'internationally best-known player of pure blues'. Combining pre-war blues and swing with 1960's rock, Roots' music has received airplay on five continents and featured in TV series and films. In addition to his native Estonia, he has performed in the UK, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

"Never afraid to experiment and aim for innovation, Roots seems always to be turning out and delivering fresh blues with its own distinct innovative twist and purpose," writes Iain Patience in the UK's Blues Matters! magazine. "At times, he crosses into the rockier end of the spectrum but is generally a leading European exponent of the old-school blues style, fretwork-driven and powerfully presented and produced. Roots is possibly at his best armed with a resonator and bottleneck slide where his picking is never short of top-quality, zinging, rippling, and pushing the edges of true, pure, raw blues with an apparent self-assurance and ability."  

Dubbed 'the King of Estonian Blues' by the press, the former Bullfrog Brown guitarist topped the Estonian album chart with the 2016 compilation LP "Roots Music", earning him a Golden Disc award. Previously, five albums Roots produced and played on from 2008 to 2015 had been voted "Best European Blues Album of the Year" by the now-defunct Blues Underground Network webzine in Canada. Follow-up studio efforts "Winter" and "Breakfast in September" reached the top 10 in both the French and the British blues airplay charts, the former leading to a "Bluesman of the Year" award from the UK-based Severn FM's The Blues Hour in January 2018 and the latter landing Roots on the cover of Blues in Britain magazine in March 2019.

Muusika 11/2016
In October 2017, Roots won the first Estonian Blues Challenge with the Tammepõld, Roots & Kadakas trio as well as the jury's Best Guitarist prize, going on to represent Estonia in the European Blues Challenge in Hell, Norway in March 2018. At present, Andres Roots is mainly touring as a solo performer, as heard on the guitar-only studio album "Breakfast in September" (2018), the acoustic live EP "Loch Lomond Blues" (2019) recorded in Scotland, and the 7" studio EP "Waiting Around" (2019). 

Endorsements: G7th Capos & ZT Amplifiers.

Some festival appearances since 2010: Shetland Blues Festival (UK), Le Blues Autour du Zinc (FRA), European Blues Challenge (NO), Suwalki Blues (PL), Rauma Blues (FIN), 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), Savonsolmu Winter Blues Party (FIN), Kaavi Blues (FIN), Leppävirta Blues Picnic (FIN), Sigulda Blues (LV), Sundays Blues Festival (LV), Fontaine Festival (LV), Baltic Blues (LV), Sõru Jazz (EST), Sügisjazz (EST), IDeeJazz (EST), Jazzkaar (EST), Viru Folk (EST), FiESTa XXX (EST), Tallinn Music Week (EST), Pärnu Kitarrifestival (EST), Mailaul (EST), Intsikurmu Music Festival (EST), 7 Linna Muusika (EST), Pandivere Music Festival (EST), Tartuff (EST), Prima Vista (EST), Guitar Jamboree (EST), Pärnu Bluusipäevad (EST), Ugriblues (EST), Augustibluus (EST), UnderGround Blues (EST), Baltic-Nordic Harmonica (EST), Porkuni Bluus (EST), Munarock (EST), Vanalinna Päevad (EST), Emajõe Bluus (EST), Linna Pea Rock (EST).