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Andres Roots / Press

“This is a man who can play the blues...Roots takes care of all things guitar, while Raul Terep tears it up behind him on drums, the pair stomping and striding through a set of up-tempo, highly charged electric blues ‘n’ drums. There’s nothing new here, but damn they do it well.”

“This is a blues album at heart and as such it is the best instrumental blues album that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.”

“It is clear why Andres Roots is considered one of the best guitarists in his homeland and on the European underground blues scene: from start to finish, the creative tension between his instrument and Terep's drums is palpable. At times raw and to the point, at times lyrical and swinging, they perform their ideas without wasting a minute on mindless strumming.”

“An excellent example of how it should be done.”

“An album that rocks, is full of drive and busting with groove. Somehow Andres has found the magic button, a press of which turns his music into relevant, enjoyable world class blues.”

DJ Pickney Tiger - KesKus

"Three!" is an album that deserves a place on any music lover's shelf...The disc can justifiably be called a blues album, even with its virtually endless number of undertones...Bringing to mind everything from classical music to heavy metal, oozing with innate humour from start to finish.

“You can tell they have had a ball making this record!”

“The funkiest thing to come out of Estonia since the invention of Skype.”

“Based in Tartu, Estonia, not far from the Russian border, Andres Roots Roundabout are a three-piece band with plenty of Old World experience...Always interesting, never boring.”

“A name is an omen. Andres Roots is one of the most notable operators in our area. The undertakings of this Estonian guitarist/band leader have done a lot for blues and roots music, across borders and continents.”

Esa Kuloniemi - Blues News

"A superb slide guitar player."

"Link To Elmore" is the hit of the season.

Christophe Mourot - Soul Bag

“It's time this artist came to the Netherlands.”

""Three" takes what you thought about the Blues to a whole new level."

"Tampa Red with one foot in New Orleans and the other in Waikiki."

Mick Rainsford - Blues In Britain

“A creative album full of surprises.”

“If you are looking for a respite from over-driven blues rock and wish to delve into something more earthier, with a little piece of the Delta in your mouth, then you’ve hit the winning lottery ticket...While other players are content to trudge out the same Stevie Ray licks, Leigh’s Spider Jam is all about the roots and channeling the unplugged power from where the blues emerged and where its ghosts never rest.”

"One of the most entertaining and versatile instrumental albums... and not just for guitar players."

“Estonian blues maestro Andres Roots continues his series of strong releases.”

“These aren't your home-made woolly blues, but real deal cotton.”

Margus Haav - Muusika

"Andres Roots is more of a rocker than I would prefer, but there's still that transcendence to his music, too."

“Roots is a super skillful guitarist and offered excellent evidence of that during last night's concert. He's soulful and creatively accomplished.”

"I'm sure Andres Roots is a kind and nice person, but the heart inside of him is a blues monster that won't allow guitars breathe easy or go bowling. Beware, six-strings, for somewhere in Tartu, Roots is on the prowl and he will not rest until all the notes have been wrung out of you."

Siim Kera - Eesti Ekspress

“The best this year's Blues Picnic had to offer.”

“Could make one believe that some lost recordings from Johnny Shines' and Big Walter Horton's JOB sessions have just been rediscovered.”

Christophe Mourot - Soul Bag

“The so-called ‘alt blues’ is probably at a higher profile than ever at the moment, with the likes of Dave Arcari, Andres Roots, Red Mouth and more, proudly flying the flag...”

“What technique and what words. Without realising, I play the album again and again.”

“This is music that may wake your sleeping senses and shake your inner self...If you like Earl Hooker, Muddy Waters or the Rolling Stones, you won't want to miss this excellent album.”

"Foot a-tappin', fun aplenty...Known as a blues brother, Roots shows here he's just as comfortable playing rock and roll."

“Go and listen!”

“An enjoyable listening experience.”

Bosse Majling - Jefferson Blues Magazine

“The release of "Leigh's Spider Jam" shows not only his mastery of authentic Blues but also his mastery of assembling many extraordinary artists to take along on his Blues journey.”

“From delta to rock and roll, "from Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones"...”

“Always authentic.”

""Leigh's Spider Jam" shows Andres Roots' deep love for the blues."

“Roots Blues of the highest order.”

“Beautifully recorded and played by all concerned...more top class ‘Blues from the Baltic’!”

“Original and inventive.”

"The opening “Room Service” has an almost Western swing feel to it, with the guitars of Roots and Eessalu almost replicating the sound of pedal steel and driven by Raul Terep’s drums; the following “Link To Elmore” has some fine toned shimmering slide guitar which gives it a sort of Elmore James meets Link Wray groove and is very nice too..."

“Considerably more relaxed than its predecessor.”

“Completely authentic...the passion for playing is very well conveyed.”

“Nicely dirty.”

“This is a hugely entertaining album that has far more appeal than its blues credentials would suggest. The playing by all parties involved is faultless and the songs have a timeless quality that means this is a record you will want to come back to again and again.”

“A complex gumbo, mixing some kind of old blues roux to multiple modern flavours...most of them very danceable...a must hear.”

“Need dark movie music, singalongs, dark swampy blues songs? No problem for the man.”

“Songs are pure class, with Roots's melodic and rhythmic understanding ever-present--his slide guitar skills are not to be forgotten, either.”

“Showcasing his prodigious talents with a really international ace crew of players...not a dud track in the whole dozen. Great album, bristling with accomplished playing – any modern Blues fan should love this.”

Roy Bainton - Blues Matters!

“By far the finest old style raw blues album released this year.”

“Could happily find a place on the shelves of the most dedicated roots blues collector...a modern sounding, traditionally based album, showing that the Mississippi delta is much more a state of mind than a geographical concept.”

“Brief, striking, and to the point.”

Siim Kera - Eesti Ekspress

“Spicy "world blues".”

“Traditional acoustic Delta blues in all its beauty.”

“A very diverse and original CD. Very refreshing.”

“Roots does a quality job as always.”

Tõnis Erilaid - Õhtuleht

“Estonian blues makes an impression.”

Veli-Matti Henttonen - Salon Seudun Sanomat

“An interesting glimpse into the world of open-minded bluesmen of the 21st century.”

“Roots is a guitarist with an impeccable sense of style, there's good energy flowing through his songs, with the wise spirit of delta blues breathing in "Roundabout's" muddy mood.”

Mart Juur - Postimees

“The Tartu King of the Blues.”

“Singers alternate, but it's the Estonian artist's original songs that own the spotlight.”

“A stylish and versatile writer.”

“A gifted songwriter and a fantastic guitarist.”

“Estonian blues master.”

“One of the best six stringers in European blues.”

"Makes the music get under your skin."

“It's as if the Mississippi River had gained a small sidebranch where its musical heritage could grow and blossom.”

“A really recommended release from a most talented guy.”

“Freshness makes bluesman's own record stand out.”

Raimu Hanson - Tartu Postimees

“A lasting experience for the fans.”

“Quality is guaranteed.”

Tõnis Erilaid - Õhtuleht