Album Reviews

Andres Roots

Winter

Artist:     Andres Roots

Album:     Winter

Label:     Playground Music

Release Date:     11/18/2016

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Andres Roots is, appropriately enough, a roots musician, with a complete grasp of traditional blues and an abundant passion for the music. From Estonia, a smallish Baltic state in northern Europe, this sophomore CD release follows his Canadian award-winning, debut album Live In Lerwick, a live festival take featuring his harp-playing buddy from England, Steve Lury who again features here.

After twenty years playing acoustic blues and slide-driven guitar, last year Roots released a celebratory vinyl only compilation disc, Roots Music, that made history in his homeland by being the first vinyl disc produced in the country, and also then soaring to the number one spot in the Estonian charts while also proving to be the best-selling album in the Baltic region.

On Winter, Roots, who wrote all 13-tracks, is joined by a number of Finnish musicians and a few from neighboring Latvia, the U.K., U.S. and US-Swedish import, Bert Deivert– a veritable United Nations of blues talent. The result is an album that is truly excellent, with fine vocals and classy, zinging slide and down and dirty blues punch. This really is an album to catch, and won’t disappoint lovers of traditional, fiery, impassioned blues.

-Iain Patience

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