|Muusika 11/2016. Photo by Leif Laaksonen.|
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 at the European Blues Challenge in Hell, Norway in March 2018.
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, whose debut album hit the stores in March 2018.
Endorsements: G7th Capos & ZT Amplifiers.
Roots' festival appearances 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), 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).