"100 Years of Estonian Music" as the country's "internationally best-known player of pure blues" and dubbed "the king of Estonian blues" by the press, Andres Roots is a slide guitarist and a songwriter based in Tartu, Estonia who has performed everywhere from Clarksdale, Mississippi to Hell, Norway. His music has received airplay on 5 continents and appeared in award-winning films. In 2016, his "Roots Music" LP topped the official Estonian album chart – the first and only time a blues album has claimed the #1 spot in the Baltics.
"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. "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."
In 2017, Andres Roots (his real name!) received a Golden Disc award for "Roots Music" and won the first Estonian Blues Challenge with the Tammepõld, Roots & Kadakas trio, going on to represent Estonia at the European Blues Challenge in Norway. In 2018 came the "Bluesman of the Year" award from the UK-based Severn FM's The Blues Hour and in 2019, he made the cover of the Blues in Britain magazine. Latest studio efforts "Winter" (2016) and "Breakfast in September" (2018) reached the top 10 in both French and British blues airplay charts.
Born in Tallinn, Estonia in 1976, Roots' international breakthrough came with the alt.blues trio Bullfrog Brown in 2005. Upon the group's demise in 2010, Roots went solo, leading bands such as Andres Roots Roundabout, Roots & Terep, and Sawmill Roots Orchestra and collaborating with artists like Eric "Red Mouth" Gebhardt (USA), Dave Arcari (UK), Black River Bluesman (FIN), Steve Lury (UK), Ismo Haavisto (FIN) and many others. At present, Roots is mainly touring as a solo performer.
Endorsements: G7th Capos, ZT Amplifiers, Walden Guitars.
List of countries performed in: USA, UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.
Festival appearances since 2010: Deep Blues Festival (Mississippi, USA); King Biscuit Blues Festival (Arkansas, USA); 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); FiESTa XXX (EST); Viru Folk (EST); Tallinn Music Week (EST); Pärnu Kitarrifestival (EST); Mailaul (EST); Intsikurmu Music Festival (EST); 7 Linna Muusika (EST); Pandivere Music Festival (EST); Tartuff Film Festival (EST); Prima Vista Literature Festival (EST); 20/20 Film Festival (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).