|Muusika 11/2016. Photo by Leif Laaksonen.|
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.
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).